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Letter 13

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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 13
RecipientC. A. Furth, Allen & Unwin
Date13 May 1937
Subject(s)The Hobbit

Letter 13 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


This letter, dated 13 May 1937, is a reply to a letter from C. A. Furth of Allen & Unwin informing Tolkien that "one of the outstanding firms of American publishers" had expressed an interest The Hobbit. That firm suggested hiring "good American artists" to supply further colour illustrations, but Allen & Unwin would prefer they were done by Tolkien himself.

Tolkien asks the name of the American publishers and enquires about financial arrangements. Regarding the additional illustrations he agrees he ought to draw them; feeling professional pictures would look out of place next to his own "amateurish productions". However since it is the middle of term this will take some time, and he instructs Allen & Unwin to allow the American firm to produce their own illustrations rather than lose their interest through delay, with the proviso that it must be possible to "veto anything from or influenced by the Disney studios (for all whose works I have a heartfelt loathing)".