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L. Sprague de Camp

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Lyon Sprague de Camp (November 27, 1907November 6, 2000) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy books, non-fiction and biography.

In 1963, De Camp sent J.R.R. Tolkien a copy of his anthology Swords and Sorcery. In February 1967, de Camp visited Tolkien, and wrote about this experience in Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers[1]:

{quote|[Tolkien] said he found [the anthology] interesting but did not much like the stories in it [...] We sat in the garage for a couple of hours, smoking pipes, drinking beer, and talking about a variety of things. Practically anything in English literature, from Beowulf down, Tolkien had read and could talk intelligently about. He indicated that he 'rather liked' Howard's Conan stories.|Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers, pp.243-4}}

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  1. Nelson, Dale, "Howard, Robert E. (1906-36)", in J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (Michael D.C. Drout, ed.), p.287