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'''Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison''' ([[November 1|1 November]] [[1897]] – [[January 11|11 January]] [[1999]]) was a Scottish novelist and poet.
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'''Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison''' ([[1 November|November 1]], [[1897]] – [[11 January|January 11]], [[1999]]) was a Scottish novelist and poet.
  
Mitchison was educated in Oxford, and contributed verse to ''[[Oxford Poetry]]'' for 1915 and 1916 (in the former, in company with [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s "[[Goblin Feet]]"). Eventually, she became a prolific writer of books and articles, including ''Graeme and the Dragon'' (1954, illustrated by [[Pauline Baynes]]) and ''To the Chapel Perilous'' (1955, which Tolkien disliked).
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==History==
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Mitchison was educated in Oxford, and contributed verse to ''[[Oxford Poetry]]'' for 1915 and 1916 (in the former, in company with [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s "[[Goblin Feet]]"). Eventually, she became a prolific writer of books and articles, including ''Graeme and the Dragon'' (1954, illustrated by [[Pauline Baynes]]) and ''[[To the Chapel Perilous]]'' (1955, which Tolkien disliked).<ref name=RG/>
  
For many years, Mitchison was a fan of Tolkien's works, and they had a correspondance for many years. She became a proofreader of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' when [[George Allen and Unwin|George Allen & Unwin]] sent her advance proofs of the first two volumes. However, later in life she became increasingly critical of Tolkien's works, critizing the "grandiose style" of ''[[The Return of the King]]'' and the lack of a feminine perspective in ''The Lord of the Rings'' and finding ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' simplistic.<ref>Hammond and Scull. ''[[The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide]]: Reader's Guide'', p.592-3.</ref>
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For many years, Mitchison was a fan of Tolkien's works, and they had a long-time correspondance. She became a proofreader of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' when [[George Allen and Unwin|George Allen & Unwin]] sent her advance proofs of the first two volumes. Of ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', Mitchison wrote "It is timeless and will go on".<ref>Quoted by D.M.S. in "Recent Readings", in the journal ''English'' 1956, 11, p. 31</ref>
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However, later in life she became increasingly critical of Tolkien's works, critizing the "grandiose style" of ''[[The Return of the King]]'' and the lack of a feminine perspective in ''The Lord of the Rings'' and finding ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' simplistic.<ref name=RG>{{CG|RG}}, pp. 592-3</ref>
  
 
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Naomi Mitchison
Biographical information
BornNovember 1, 1897
DiedJanuary 11, 1999
EducationOxford University
OccupationNovelist, poet

Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison (November 1, 1897January 11, 1999) was a Scottish novelist and poet.

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History

Mitchison was educated in Oxford, and contributed verse to Oxford Poetry for 1915 and 1916 (in the former, in company with J.R.R. Tolkien's "Goblin Feet"). Eventually, she became a prolific writer of books and articles, including Graeme and the Dragon (1954, illustrated by Pauline Baynes) and To the Chapel Perilous (1955, which Tolkien disliked).[1]

For many years, Mitchison was a fan of Tolkien's works, and they had a long-time correspondance. She became a proofreader of The Lord of the Rings when George Allen & Unwin sent her advance proofs of the first two volumes. Of The Fellowship of the Ring, Mitchison wrote "It is timeless and will go on".[2]

However, later in life she became increasingly critical of Tolkien's works, critizing the "grandiose style" of The Return of the King and the lack of a feminine perspective in The Lord of the Rings and finding The Silmarillion simplistic.[1]

Bibliography, selected

Articles

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, pp. 592-3
  2. Quoted by D.M.S. in "Recent Readings", in the journal English 1956, 11, p. 31