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| subject=''[[Mr Bliss]]''<br>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]
 
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== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
This letter dated [[1938#February|17 February 1938]] was sent to C.A. Furth of [[Allen and Unwin|Allen & Unwin]]. The publishers are again considering the publication of ''[[Mr Bliss]]'', which had previously languished due to the complexity of the illustrations<ref group="note">Discussed in [[Letter 10]]</ref>, but Tolkien does not feel he has the time to undertake redrawing them.
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The publishers were again considering the publication of ''[[Mr Bliss]]'', which had previously languished due to the complexity of the illustrations<ref group="note">Discussed in [[Letter 10]].</ref>, but Tolkien did not feel he had the time to undertake redrawing them.
  
He laments that he has not managed to progress past the first chapter of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', remarking:
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He lamented that he had not managed to progress past the first chapter of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', remarking:
 
{{blockquote|They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited 'first chapters'. I have indeed written many.}}
 
{{blockquote|They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited 'first chapters'. I have indeed written many.}}
 
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Latest revision as of 22:20, 9 June 2011

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 23
RecipientC.A. Furth of Allen & Unwin
Date17 February 1938
Subject(s)Mr Bliss
The Lord of the Rings

Letter 23 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

[edit] Summary

The publishers were again considering the publication of Mr Bliss, which had previously languished due to the complexity of the illustrations[note 1], but Tolkien did not feel he had the time to undertake redrawing them.

He lamented that he had not managed to progress past the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings, remarking:

They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited 'first chapters'. I have indeed written many.

[edit] Notes

  1. Discussed in Letter 10.