So, last night we were watching ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW at my father-in-law's when Janice and I decided to take a walk and enjoy the sunset, which was indeed beautiful. When we came back in, Janice's dad told us that as soon as we'd left there had been a Tolkien letter on, with mentions of Taum and Marquette. And while my 'hot-spot' had refused to work the whole time I was in Harvard, Janice's smart phone did work and she was able to find the entry online from that episode which discussed the letter in more detail and included a complete transcription as well as a complete facsimile image of the original. Here's the link:
The letter discusses Tolkien's projected visit to Marquette to give a lecture, which sadly never came to pass, as well as his having turned over some of the manuscripts (e.g., THE HOBBIT) to Bertram Rota, the London book-dealer who brokered the deal. All in all, an important piece, and I'm glad to see it resurface after all these years.
enroute home at last (posting this from the Milwaukee airport)
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