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Letter to Donald A. Wollheim

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Donald A. Wollheim 20 February 1966 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Mr. Donald A. Wollheim, editor for Ace Books, written on February 20th, 1966.

  • Authenticity: High
  • Publication: A transcription of the letter is found on the web site The Tolkien Bookshelf[1], where the letter is offered for sale.
  • Note: The background of this letter is given in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology (see pages 649-656, and especially the entry for 21 February 1966).


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February 10th, 1966

Dear Mr. Wollheim,

I regret the delay in replying to your letter of Jan 27th. I have been away from home - I was am an advance victim of the influenza epidemic now widespread in this country. Thanks for your expressions of esteem,

Yours Sincerely J.R.R. Tolkien.

Enclosed: two copies of the proposed agreement, signed. Also a copy of an 'agreed statement' which I will send out as soon as I hear that it is acceptable. JRRT.


  1. The Tolkien Bookshelf, as of April 11, 2010.