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TCG Letter #215


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Elizabeth Jennings
Date
2 December 1955
Type
Autograph Letter Signed
Transcript
Complete
Tolkien congratulates Jennings on the publication of her poetry book A Way of Looking and discusses the merits of W.H. Auden's Shield of Achilles, and mentions the review of both books in Time and Tide. The letter is reproduced in The Arts Council Collection of Modern Literary Manuscripts 1963-1972.

Hammond's Bibliography dates this letter 3 December. Chronology dates it 2 December. Both are possible interpretations of the handwritten date. It seems possible that Tolkien wrote "2" and then modified the stroke to "3" when the letter wasn't finished in one day, perhaps.

The original letter is in the British Library (Add. MSS 52599, ff. 123, 124) and a complete transcript is held at the Marquette archive.
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