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Letter to Clyde S. Kilby (18 December 1965)

On 18 December 1965, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to Clyde S. Kilby.

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I was deeply touched by [your letter], indeed overwhelmed by your generosity in offering to sacrifice your precious time (and holiday) in helping me. … [Y]our offer under heads 2) and 3)are extremely attractive. … If I had the assistance of a scholar at once sympathetic and yet critical, such as yourself, I feel I might make some of it publishable. It needs the actual presence of a friend and adviser at one’s side, which is just what you offer.