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TCG Letter #15 / Carpenter Letter #15


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
C.A. Furth (Allen & Unwin)
Date
31 August 1937
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Complete
Tolkien enclosed the last of his coloured illustrations for the American edition of The Hobbit. He asked Allen & Unwin to forward it to Houghton Mifflin. Among them is 'The Hill: Hobbiton Across the Water' and he asks C.A. Furth to forward the illustrations onto HM if they are good enough. Tolkien asks if he could get some remuneration for the illustrations as the produced them for Houghton Mifflin, and they involved a lot of labour, though he says that if GA&U decide to use them, he expects no further payment for them given the costs they have incurred on his behalf.

He also encloses comments on the dustjacket flap copy for The Hobbit including errors and includes a revised version of the blurb.

The 2023 Revised edition of Letters adds three sentences at the end where Tolkien tries to ease the blow of critiquing Furth's drafted dust-jacket blurb.
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A photocopy of this letter (but not the dustjacket commentary) was included in a 1987 press packet sent to a Blackwell's executive
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 19-22, p. 435 (Carpenter notes)
The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Updated, pp. 11-12, p. 25n23, p. 271
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 34-7, p. 617 (notas de Carpenter)
The Annotated Hobbit (1988), pp. 2-3, p. 227


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