New Addenda & Corrigenda
We have posted to our website further addenda and corrigenda to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion and The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, as well as a new supplemental bibliography to our Reader’s Companion pages.
The Companion and Guide additions this time include material we found in the Houghton Mifflin Company archive at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, on a visit last autumn. Like many publishers, Houghton Mifflin weeded their files at one time or another, unfortunately leaving only a few letters by or to Tolkien, no more than a brief exchange with artist Pauline Baynes, and apparently no correspondence with Donald Swann, despite Houghton Mifflin having originated his Tolkien song-cycle volume, The Road Goes Ever On. Altogether, the archive preserves a far from complete record of transactions with Tolkien’s British publisher, George Allen & Unwin, much less in proportion than Allen & Unwin kept of its letters, memos, and telegrams with Houghton Mifflin, which survive in the Allen & Unwin archive at the University of Reading. But by comparing the two archives, a fuller picture of the dealings between the publishers is revealed, and the progress of Tolkien’s works in Britain and America can be more fully traced.