(urth) Bringin' it back to Wolfe by the long road

brunians at brunians.org brunians at brunians.org
Tue Apr 17 00:38:09 PDT 2007

> Also, one other minor thing. Tolkien writes, in a
> footnote to this letter (Yes, virginia, he seems to
> have written footnotes. Anyone know if this is common
> in letters?)

I do it all the time. I don't write many letters, but I can't think of a
one that has not had at least one footnote.

>              that he is a huge fan of Mary Renault,
> that he loves the two books on Theseus, The King Must
> Die and Bull from the Sea, and that her letter to him
> was one of his favorite bits of fan mail. I read
> somewhere around this list that Wolfe found Mary
> Renault unreadable

Huh. He also finds Delany unreadable (or was it just Dhalgren?). What do
Delany and Renault have in common?

>                    but that he thought Robert Graves'
> Hercules My Shipmate was great (it is).


>                                          Graves, of
> course, took a fairly nasty snipe at Tolkien's work.
> In this one I have to side with Tolkien. The King Must
> Die is pretty damn great.

Yes in fact. Mary Renault is awesome. All of her stuff.


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