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R. W. Chambers and The Hobbit

R. W. Chambers and The Hobbit NOTES and DOCUMENTS DOUGLAS A. ANDERSON n mid-August 1937, Tolkien directed his publisher, George Allen & IUnwin, to send an early copy of The Hobbit, whose publication was scheduled for September 21st, to R. W. Chambers, the Quain Profes- sor of English at University College London. At the end of the month, Tolkien wrote to his publisher: “Professor Chambers writes very enthu- siastically, but he is an old and kind-hearted friend” (Letters 20). A few years later, after Chambers collected his lectures and essays in a volume entitled Man’s Unconquerable Mind: Studies from Bede to A. E. Housman and W. P. Ker (1939), Tolkien wrote to Chambers: My thanks are overdue for your most welcome book. My shelves are well-endowed with your generous gifts, yet there are I think 2 studies in the volume that I do not possess, and have not read—alas! not yet even in the collection. I have meant to, but I delay no longer to thank you, for it will be some time before I read anything rational. I shall first re- read viii and ix, which I remember so eminently deserves several readings. (Chabot 93) Remarks like these make it clear that the friendship http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

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NOTES and DOCUMENTS DOUGLAS A. ANDERSON n mid-August 1937, Tolkien directed his publisher, George Allen & IUnwin, to send an early copy of The Hobbit, whose publication was scheduled for September 21st, to R. W. Chambers, the Quain Profes- sor of English at University College London. At the end of the month, Tolkien wrote to his publisher: “Professor Chambers writes very enthu- siastically, but he is an old and kind-hearted friend” (Letters 20). A few years later, after Chambers collected his lectures and essays in a volume entitled Man’s Unconquerable Mind: Studies from Bede to A. E. Housman and W. P. Ker (1939), Tolkien wrote to Chambers: My thanks are overdue for your most welcome book. My shelves are well-endowed with your generous gifts, yet there are I think 2 studies in the volume that I do not possess, and have not read—alas! not yet even in the collection. I have meant to, but I delay no longer to thank you, for it will be some time before I read anything rational. I shall first re- read viii and ix, which I remember so eminently deserves several readings. (Chabot 93) Remarks like these make it clear that the friendship

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Published: May 9, 2006

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