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'''Miss Stanley-Smith 22 November 1956''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to Miss Stanley-Smith, librarian at [[Wikipedia:Deddington|Deddington]] Library, written on [[22 November]] [[1956]].<ref name=CG>{{CG|C}}, pp. 496-8</ref><ref>"[http://www.deddingtonnews.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/8080/Tolkien.pdf Deddington Library, opened by Tolkien in 1956, under threat from OCC]", [http://www.deddingtonnews.co.uk/ DeddingtonNews.co.uk] (accessed 23 December 2011)</ref><ref>Sam McGregor, "[http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9432878.Tolkien_letters_return_to_rightful_home/ Tolkien letters return to rightful home]" (dated 23 December 2011), [http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/ OxfordMail.co.uk] (accessed 23 December 2011)</ref>
 
'''Miss Stanley-Smith 22 November 1956''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to Miss Stanley-Smith, librarian at [[Wikipedia:Deddington|Deddington]] Library, written on [[22 November]] [[1956]].<ref name=CG>{{CG|C}}, pp. 496-8</ref><ref>"[http://www.deddingtonnews.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/8080/Tolkien.pdf Deddington Library, opened by Tolkien in 1956, under threat from OCC]", [http://www.deddingtonnews.co.uk/ DeddingtonNews.co.uk] (accessed 23 December 2011)</ref><ref>Sam McGregor, "[http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9432878.Tolkien_letters_return_to_rightful_home/ Tolkien letters return to rightful home]" (dated 23 December 2011), [http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/ OxfordMail.co.uk] (accessed 23 December 2011)</ref>
 
*'''Subject:''' Tolkien accepts an invitation to give a speech at the opening of the new library (on [[14 December]]).<ref name=CG/>
 
*'''Subject:''' Tolkien accepts an invitation to give a speech at the opening of the new library (on [[14 December]]).<ref name=CG/>
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The letter says as follows:
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76 Sandfield Road,
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Headington,
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Oxford,
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Tel. 61639
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Thursday, November 22nd.
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1956.
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Dear Miss Stanley-Smith,
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Fortunately I think I can manage Friday 14 Nove December. I say ‘fortunately’, because though I dislike talking (in this sense), lecturing, or addressing a gathering, I should have been sorry to refuse your invitation: you sugar the central pill so attractively. I should be delighted to visit Deddington and have lunch with you; and I fear that the fee will be more than ample for the performance. Short? Ten minutes? A quarter of an hour?
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I will consult you later, if I may, on the sort of thing likely to be most appropriate.
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As for my own writings: beside the two you name there is Farmer Giles of Ham (Allen & Unwin), specially appropriate, since it is localized in Oxfordshire. Other poems and stories are, I fear, either scattered in periodicals or o.p.2 and await collection. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Clarendon Press), since it’s an edition of a mediaeval poem, would, I imagine, be regarded as too technical, specially as I have not yet published the translation which has twice been broadcast.
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It would be most kind if you could send a car, as I have none of my own now and have in consequence seldom visited Deddington, in post-war years, though I used often to do so.
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Yours sincerely,
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</div> J.R.R. Tolkien
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P.S.  I wonder if Mrs. Lionel Hitchens is the mother of Miss Phoebe Hitchens, whom I have met, since my daughter knows her. She was, I think, the cousin (?) of the woman novelist of the same name - (Noughts and Crosses …etc.).
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JRR T.
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Banbury Advertiser 19 December 1956|''Banbury Advertiser'' 19 December 1956]]
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*[[The Banbury Advertiser 19 December 1956|''The Banbury Advertiser'' 19 December 1956]]
 
*[[Miss Stanley-Smith 19 December 1956]]
 
*[[Miss Stanley-Smith 19 December 1956]]
 
*[[Oxford Mail 15 December 1956|''Oxford Mail'' 15 December 1956]]
 
*[[Oxford Mail 15 December 1956|''Oxford Mail'' 15 December 1956]]
 
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Miss Stanley-Smith 22 November 1956 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Miss Stanley-Smith, librarian at Deddington Library, written on 22 November 1956.[1][2][3]

  • Subject: Tolkien accepts an invitation to give a speech at the opening of the new library (on 14 December).[1]

The letter says as follows:

76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford, Tel. 61639

Thursday, November 22nd. 1956.

Dear Miss Stanley-Smith,

Fortunately I think I can manage Friday 14 Nove December. I say ‘fortunately’, because though I dislike talking (in this sense), lecturing, or addressing a gathering, I should have been sorry to refuse your invitation: you sugar the central pill so attractively. I should be delighted to visit Deddington and have lunch with you; and I fear that the fee will be more than ample for the performance. Short? Ten minutes? A quarter of an hour? I will consult you later, if I may, on the sort of thing likely to be most appropriate. As for my own writings: beside the two you name there is Farmer Giles of Ham (Allen & Unwin), specially appropriate, since it is localized in Oxfordshire. Other poems and stories are, I fear, either scattered in periodicals or o.p.2 and await collection. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Clarendon Press), since it’s an edition of a mediaeval poem, would, I imagine, be regarded as too technical, specially as I have not yet published the translation which has twice been broadcast. It would be most kind if you could send a car, as I have none of my own now and have in consequence seldom visited Deddington, in post-war years, though I used often to do so.

Yours sincerely,

J.R.R. Tolkien

P.S. I wonder if Mrs. Lionel Hitchens is the mother of Miss Phoebe Hitchens, whom I have met, since my daughter knows her. She was, I think, the cousin (?) of the woman novelist of the same name - (Noughts and Crosses …etc.).

JRR T.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, pp. 496-8
  2. "Deddington Library, opened by Tolkien in 1956, under threat from OCC", DeddingtonNews.co.uk (accessed 23 December 2011)
  3. Sam McGregor, "Tolkien letters return to rightful home" (dated 23 December 2011), OxfordMail.co.uk (accessed 23 December 2011)