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TCG Letter #188


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Henry Willink
Date
17 May 1954
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien discusses C.S. Lewis and his invitation to Cambridge. Lewis had intitially refused the offer citing family obligations, namely his brothers health, but Tolkien convinced Lewis that the move would be good for him. Willink though had offered the chair elsewhere before recieving a letter from Lewis accepting the post.

A substantial portion of the letter was quoted by Brian Barbour in his article "Lewis and Cambridge", published in the journal Modern Philology 96, no. 4. And a shorter version of the extract was published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963 (dated wrongly 18 May).

Please note that tolkiengateway.com says that the version found in Lewis's volume of letters is a shorter edited version. While it is shorter, it is not edited differently.
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