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TCG Letter #390 / Carpenter Letter #145


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Rayner Unwin
Date
13 May 1954
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien said that the Americans were not very amenable to criticism, but he thought their effort so poor that he had to make some effort to improve it.

Could they publish by July? Tolkien wanted publication while there was still enthusiasm, and said that July was a good month for scholastics and academics who could lift their heads then before bowing them again in September. The preliminary opinions were pleasing, but comparisons with Spencer, Malory, Ariosto, and super Science Fiction were too much for his vanity. Rayner's son was the second Merlin he knew.
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