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March 08, 2012


nick s

That's one of the few on 'Letters of Note' that I'd read before.

If TS Eliot received one, it and its reply are probably in a filing cabinet in Kensington.


Shades of Dizzy: "Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the Temple of Solomon."

Martin Wisse


That's all.

(amended, thanks. Thing is his kid was our parish priest for a while and a renowned neighborhood drunk, so I should *really* have got that right - jk)


Surely the reply where he "delicately side-stepped" the question would have been more confrontational, not less? In this one Tolkein confirms he isn't Jewish, which presumably lets some publisher tick the appropriate checkbox and get on with printing. The abuse is neither here nor there.
Whereas, as with any bureaucratic process, failing to answer a question can nicely gum up the entire process.

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