525: Tolkien J. R. R.: (1892-1973) English Writer, Auth
TOLKIEN J. R. R.: (1892-1973) English Writer, author of the classic fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. T.L.S., J.R.R. Tolkien, one page, small 4to, Headington, Oxford, 16th June 1967, to Martin Hooton. Tolkien announces 'Nobody regrets the delay in issuing The Silmarillion and other related works more than I do' although continues to explain 'I have, however, had an overwhelming number of obstacles to cope with, the chief of which has been the trouble arising in early 1965 in U.S.A. There, owing to a peculiarity of their copyright law, my works were being published without any reference to myself at all.' He further remarks 'I have already considered the idea that you mention of publishing some of the work in parts and getting out something before the whole is put in order. I will do my best.' Accompanied by a carbon copy of Hooton's original letter to Tolkien, 14th June 1967, and a further T.L.S. from the publishers George Allen & Unwin Ltd., one page, 4to, London, 23rd May 1967, also to Hooton and discussing the publication of The Silmarillion, in part, 'I would not be too optimistic of seeing it for another two or three years for the author is a perfectionist and although much is written the pattern of the whole work is still unclear.' VG, 3The Silmarillion, a collection of Tolkien's mythopoeic works, was eventually published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, in 1977.