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TCG Letter #340 / Carpenter Letter #213


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Deborah Webster
Date
25 October 1958
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
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.
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References
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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