The Lord of the Rings Souvenir booklet commemorating twenty five years of its publication
|Publisher||London: George Allen & Unwin|
The Lord of the Rings Souvenir booklet commemorating twenty five years of its publication is a booklet written by Humphrey Carpenter. He recounts how The Lord of the Rings came to be written and published, and of its reception and fortunes since publication.
The booklet was distributed both separately and with the 25th Anniversary three-volume paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings.
It includes numerous brief excerpts from letters and reproduces:
- 1) A manuscript page from The Lord of the Rings chapter "The Shadow of the Past".
- 2) Page one of a letter to Rayner Unwin dated 24 October 1952 in which Tolkien discusses the possible publication of The Lord of the Rings. Much of the letter was later included in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981; see Letter 135).
- 4) Part of "A Boy's World", a review of The Return of the King by Edwin Muir.