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Letter to Nancy Smith (30 May 1966)

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Nancy Smith 30 May 1966 is a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Nancy Smith, written May 30, 1966 in Oxford.

  • Contents: In the letter Tolkien briefly discusses Ford Madox Ford and the article in Diplomat magazine.[1]
  • Description: Typed letter signed ("J.R.R. Tolkien"). One page, 4to, on embossed stationery.[2]
  • Authenticity: High (from the property of Nancy R. Smith)
  • Publication: Reproduced in full in Christie's Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts 24 May 2002.


Smith had written to Tolkien asking for .... Tolkien responds with a critique of Ford Madox Ford: "I never in fact met Ford Madox Ford, nor, until quite recently, had I ever read a line that he wrote. I must admit that I am too much engaged with my own construction to be fair to other authors, but towards Ford Madox Ford I felt a quite exceptional distaste."

External links


  1. An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography at
  2., as of May 28, 2010