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Tolkien, Inklings in Reference Books

8 Sep, 2023
2023-9-8 10:51:29 PM UTC

Since the local university is discarding most of its reference books, I have been looking out for volumes with entries on Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and other authors of interest. I expect to post some pictures of finds here. The content in question may be just a few hundred words, and the discarded books are likely to have seen considerable use if they date to the decades in which professors assigned heavy amounts of library work. However, if the discarded books in question are free -- one merely needs to take them from carts of discarded books -- or inexpensive from dealers, they can be a niche specialty for impecunious collectors. The books' material about hundreds of other authors helps to put our own authors in social and historical context. The presentations may also reflect early occasions for our authors to decide about how they wanted to be perceived by readers curious about them and how much they wanted to disclose about their private lives, in years when self-disclosing publicity was less common than now. These books may have been almost the only sources available, especially for readers in the United States, for biographical information, years before the authors became the subjects of magazine profiles, journal articles, and books.
8 Sep, 2023
2023-9-8 11:05:12 PM UTC
Sounds fascinating Dale. I imagine there would be some cool letters details too, if you come across them we would love to hear more about them when you have the time.
8 Sep, 2023
2023-9-8 11:53:59 PM UTC
Here's one of our cats, Kimble, with Who's Who 1945 -- with entries on C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Kimble is just innocently yawning.

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9 Sep, 2023
2023-9-9 12:05:29 AM UTC
It's a thick book. Tess wanted to be in the picture.

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9 Sep, 2023
2023-9-9 12:07:34 AM UTC
Title page

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9 Sep, 2023
2023-9-9 12:09:13 AM UTC
The Tolkien entry.

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9 Sep, 2023
2023-9-9 12:15:09 AM UTC
This is a great project, thanks so much Dale! Looking forward to seeing more of what you find.
9 Sep, 2023
2023-9-9 1:03:38 AM UTC
Sounds very interesting indeed
9 Sep, 2023
2023-9-9 11:35:13 AM UTC
9 Sep, 2023
2023-9-9 6:06:32 PM UTC
Further entries from the 1945 Who's Who: C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, E. R. Eddison. There are also entries for Arthur Machen, H. G. Wells, Algernon Blackwood, Walter de la Mare, and another favorite poet of mine, a friend of both Orwell and Lewis, Ruth Pitter.

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