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TCG Letter #32 / Carpenter Letter #28

J.R.R. Tolkien
Stanley Unwin
June 4th 1938
Autograph Letter Signed
On 1 June Unwin had told Tolkien that approximately 3,000 copies of the American edition of The Hobbit had been sold. In April, the book had been awarded a $250 prize by the New York Herald Tribune. Tolkien thanked Unwin for the comforting news. Despite the American prize Tolkien said that he was in financial difficulties, which would be increased when he vacated his research fellowship in September.

In an unpublished portionChronology, p. 231[1] , Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull note that Tolkien apologizes for issues with the Hall Beowulf for which he declined to edit, citing a lack of time. He regrets approving the proofs of Elaine Griffiths work and says that he should not have been so hasty to approve it.

1 Chronology, p. 231 ↩
A photocopy of this letter was included in a 1987 press packet sent to a Blackwell's executive
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), p. 36, p. 436 (Carpenter notes)
The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide - Chronology (2017), p. 231 (note that Hammond/Scull mention parts of the letter not published in 'Letters'.)
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 58-9, p. 619 (notas de Carpenter)

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