Letter to Nancy Smith (30 May 1966)
- Contents: In the letter Tolkien briefly discusses Ford Madox Ford and the article in Diplomat magazine ("Tolkien on Tolkien").
- Description: Typed letter signed ("J.R.R. Tolkien"). One page, 4to, on embossed stationery.
- Authenticity: High (from the property of Nancy R. Smith)
- Publication: Reproduced in full in Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 24 May 2002.
Smith had written to Tolkien asking for .... Tolkien responds with a critique of Ford Madox Ford: "I never in fact met Ford Madox Ford, nor, until quite recently, had I ever read a line that he wrote. I must admit that I am too much engaged with my own construction to be fair to other authors, but towards Ford Madox Ford I felt a quite exceptional distaste."