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TCG Letter #340 / Carpenter Letter #213

J.R.R. Tolkien
Deborah Webster
25 October 1958
Tolkien expresses reluctance to divulge personal details but acknowledges some significant facts about himself. He shares personal preferences, including a dislike of French cooking, a fondness for Wales and the Welsh language, and his connection to Ireland.

This letter has been published as follows:
  • 1973: Complete letter in The Fictitious Characters of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 197-9 (Deborah Webster dissertation).
  • 1976: Partially quoted in J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth, p. 8 (Daniel Grotta-Kurska).
  • 1977: Some quotes appear in Humphrey Carpenter's article 'A World of His Own' in the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, London, 11 September 1977.
  • 1980: Reprinted again complete in J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 125-6 (Deborah Webster Rogers and Ivor A. Rogers). And in the first paperback ed., 1982.
  • 1981 [2023]: Minus a quarter of the first paragraph in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 288-9 [pp. 410-2].

A complete transcript of this letter can be seen at the Marquette archive, which varies slightly from the version published as Carpenter's Letter #213 (J.R.R. Tolkien to Deborah Webster, 25 October 1958), see Webster, 1973.
J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography, Di1, p. 350; Dii21, p. 356; Dii33, p. 358; Dii37, p. 359
Silke Anzinger, "Von Troja nach Gondor.Tolkiens „The Lord of the Rings“ als Epos in vergilischer Tradition," in Vestigia Vergiliana: Vergil-Rezeption in der Neuzeit edited by Thorsten Burkard , Markus Schauer and Claudia Wiener. (2010) pp. 363-401. p. 371 note 27
"The Fictitious Characters of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien" dissertation by Deborah Webster, pp. 197-9
Deborah Webster Rogers and Ivor A. Rogers, J.R.R. Tolkien (1980), pp. 125-6

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