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Letter to Roger Verhulst (9 March 1966)

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'''Roger Verhulst 9 March 1966''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to [[Roger Verhulst]], written on [[9 March|March 9]], [[1966]].<ref>[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/dmiller/CLP0125.htm Lot of correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and Roger Verhulst] at [[Tolkien Library]] (accessed 31 October 2010)</ref>
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'''Roger Verhulst 9 March 1966''' is a [[Letters not published in "The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien"|letter]] from [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to [[Roger Verhulst]], written on [[9 March]] [[1966]].<ref>[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/dmiller/CLP0125.htm Lot of correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and Roger Verhulst] at [[Tolkien Library]] (accessed 31 October 2010)</ref>
  
 
*'''Contents:''' Tolkien replies to Mr. Verhulst at Eerdmans, with some remarks concerning his relationship with [[Charles Williams]], but presumably declining to comment on Mary Shideler's book ''Charles Williams in Christian Perspective''. He explains that although he owes a debt of gratitude to [[W.H. Auden]], he does not think that Auden knows him well enough to write a book about him.<ref name=Hammond>[[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]] (2006), ''[[The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide]]: Chronology'', p. 658</ref>
 
*'''Contents:''' Tolkien replies to Mr. Verhulst at Eerdmans, with some remarks concerning his relationship with [[Charles Williams]], but presumably declining to comment on Mary Shideler's book ''Charles Williams in Christian Perspective''. He explains that although he owes a debt of gratitude to [[W.H. Auden]], he does not think that Auden knows him well enough to write a book about him.<ref name=Hammond>[[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]] (2006), ''[[The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide]]: Chronology'', p. 658</ref>
 
*'''Authenticity:''' High
 
*'''Authenticity:''' High
*'''Publication:''' Quotes from the letter have been provided in ''[[Tolkien and The Silmarillion]]''. The letter is also quoted in ''[[W.H. Auden: A Legacy]]''. A description of the letter has appeared in the catalogue ''Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 28 November 2011'' (lot 257).
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*'''Publication:''' Quotes from the letter have been provided in ''[[Tolkien and The Silmarillion]]''. The letter is also quoted in ''[[W.H. Auden: A Legacy]]''. A description of the letter has appeared in the catalogues ''Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 28 November 2011'' (lot 257) and ''[[Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 19 June 2012]]''.
 
*'''Description:''' Three pages, 76 Sandfield Road, Oxford letterhead. Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien.
 
*'''Description:''' Three pages, 76 Sandfield Road, Oxford letterhead. Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  
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Tolkien writes to express his opposition to the publication of a proposed book about him by W.H. Auden, and quotes his letter to Auden on the subject, "''I regard such things as premature impertinences ... I cannot believe that they have a usefulness to justify the distaste and irritation given to the victim''", though he concedes "''I owe Mr. Auden a debt of gratitude for the generosity with which he has supported and encouraged me since the first appearance of The Lord of the Rings''"; also discussing his acquaintance with the author Charles Williams, and the broader membership of the 'Inklings', concluding with a firm distinction between a proposed volume of essays on Williams and one about himself, "''a living author whose much more limited work is of quite a different sort, and who is struggling to complete his work, while time is steadily running short, without the distraction of comment or analysis which cannot in the nature of the case be well-informed''".<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/books-manuscripts/tolkien-john-ronald-reuel-typed-letter-5578691-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5578691&sid=808ae394-3ce7-4475-8e9c-d5db92dc6fd4|articlename=Sale 6237/Lot 252|dated=|website=[http://www.christies.com/ Christie's.com]|accessed=19 June 2012}}</ref>
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Rod Jellema 1966]]
 
*[[Rod Jellema 1966]]
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Roger Verhulst 9 March 1966 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Roger Verhulst, written on 9 March 1966.[1]

  • Contents: Tolkien replies to Mr. Verhulst at Eerdmans, with some remarks concerning his relationship with Charles Williams, but presumably declining to comment on Mary Shideler's book Charles Williams in Christian Perspective. He explains that although he owes a debt of gratitude to W.H. Auden, he does not think that Auden knows him well enough to write a book about him.[2]
  • Authenticity: High
  • Publication: Quotes from the letter have been provided in Tolkien and The Silmarillion. The letter is also quoted in W.H. Auden: A Legacy. A description of the letter has appeared in the catalogues Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 28 November 2011 (lot 257) and Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 19 June 2012.
  • Description: Three pages, 76 Sandfield Road, Oxford letterhead. Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien writes to express his opposition to the publication of a proposed book about him by W.H. Auden, and quotes his letter to Auden on the subject, "I regard such things as premature impertinences ... I cannot believe that they have a usefulness to justify the distaste and irritation given to the victim", though he concedes "I owe Mr. Auden a debt of gratitude for the generosity with which he has supported and encouraged me since the first appearance of The Lord of the Rings"; also discussing his acquaintance with the author Charles Williams, and the broader membership of the 'Inklings', concluding with a firm distinction between a proposed volume of essays on Williams and one about himself, "a living author whose much more limited work is of quite a different sort, and who is struggling to complete his work, while time is steadily running short, without the distraction of comment or analysis which cannot in the nature of the case be well-informed".[3]

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References

  1. Lot of correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and Roger Verhulst at Tolkien Library (accessed 31 October 2010)
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology, p. 658
  3. "Sale 6237/Lot 252" , Christie's.com (accessed 19 June 2012)