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TCG Letter #517 / Carpenter Letter #171


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Hugh Brogan
Date
18 September 1955
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien dismissed Brogan's self-accusations of impertinency and sycophancy and said that anyone so appreciative and perceptive is entitled to criticism. That said, Tolkien did say that he felt pain when deliberate "archaism" is dismissed in an age when authors manhandle English in the name of art or "personal expression". "

Tolkien felt that he was teaching by example and was sorry that Brogan was affected by the 20th century delusion that "contemporary" usage has a peculiar validity. "Shake yourself out of this parochialism of time!" declared Tolkien, "Learn to discriminate between the bogus and genuine antique."
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