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Dissension among judges (column). Philip Toynbee 1961 review predicts Tolkien's demise. First Edition.

By: Philip Toynbee

Price: $150.00

Publisher: London, The Observer: 1961

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 039648

Condition: Very Good


First Edition. August 6, 1961 London Observer newspaper. When the Lord of the Rings was first published in the mid 1950s, reviews were mixed, but mostly positive. In 1961 a negative review contained a statement about the literary marketplace that is surely the most erroneous in history. Philip Toynbee, prominent literary critic, wrote in his column that Tolkien's books ?have passed into a merciful oblivion." What actually happened? The Lord of the Rings became the best-selling fiction book in history (sales 150,000,000) and The Hobbit reached a tie for fourth with sales of 100,000,000. N... View more info