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''"I don’t read much now, except for fairy-stories."''
 
''"I don’t read much now, except for fairy-stories."''
  
Change "except" to "not even", said Tolkien, for few modern books held his attention.  He had read all that [[Wikipedia:Eric Rücker Eddison|E.R. Eddison]] wrote, was greatly taken by ''[[Wikipedia:The Death of Grass|Death of Grass]]'', and enjoyed the science fiction of [[Wikipedia:Isaac Asimov|Isaac Asimov]].  He had been deeply engaged in the books of [[Mary Renault]] (receiving a card of appreciation from her was perhaps the piece of "Fan-mail" that had given him the most pleasure).  Mostly Tolkien did not read much because he was trying to finish his own work.
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Change "except" to "not even", said Tolkien, for few modern books held his attention.  He had read all that [[Wikipedia:Eric Rücker Eddison|E.R. Eddison]] wrote, was greatly taken by ''[[Wikipedia:The Death of Grass|Death of Grass]]'', and enjoyed the science fiction of [[Wikipedia:Isaac Asimov|Isaac Azimov]].  He had been deeply engaged in the books of [[Mary Renault]] (receiving a card of appreciation from her was perhaps the piece of "Fan-mail" that had given him the most pleasure).  Mostly Tolkien did not read much because he was trying to finish his own work.
  
 
''"I’m always looking for something I can’t find…Something like what I wrote myself.  There’s nothing like being vain, is there?"''
 
''"I’m always looking for something I can’t find…Something like what I wrote myself.  There’s nothing like being vain, is there?"''

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