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28 March 2012 @ 01:59 pm
There are almost no letters to Tolkien in 3 vols of CSL's Collected Letters and no explaination as far as I can see. Does anybody know why?
frey: Jack frey_at_last on March 28th, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
The peak of their friendship was in the 20s-40s. In the 50s and until Lewis's death (in 63) it cooled off a bit for various reasons.
leptoptilusleptoptilus on March 28th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Yes, so that's just the problem. Vol. II with letters from 1931 till 1949 contains just ONE letter to Tolkien. There should be a special reason for such an absence.

Edited at 2012-03-28 11:46 am (UTC)
frey: Jack (young) // mefrey_at_last on March 28th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, I misread "3 vols" as "vol 3." So yes, my other thought was that when they were together at Oxford they didn't need to write, and after Lewis left for Cambridge their friendship was a bit more distant. If you look at his letters, he usually writes to people further away and/or on business matters. I don't have the volumes with me, but you could compare the number of letters written to Charles Williams or Hugo Dyson or anyone else during the period they were at Oxford.
leptoptilusleptoptilus on March 28th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, I suppose, it's the only plausible answer. (Otherwise Hooper should definitely have mentioned that.) I've just checked the collection of Tolkien's letters, and it also contains just three letters to Lewis.
Ameaamea on March 28th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Humphrey Carpenter actually argues that they had a falling out over Lewis' relationship with Charles Williams, whom Tolkien never liked, and also because Lewis never became Catholic. I don't recall his evidence off the top of my head, but it's all in his book _The Inklings_.
Left in a basket on the steps of the FBI: lotr - daughter of kingsinnerslytherin on March 28th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
According to Carpenter, Lewis' marriage to Joy Davidman was another big rift between him and Tolkien, though Edith Tolkien and Joy were in hospital together at one point and that helped partially heal the rift. But they weren't intimate friends in the 50s and 60s.
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leptoptilusleptoptilus on March 28th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, it should be the case.
dreamflower02dreamflower02 on March 28th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Also keep in mind that the Letters that get published generally are either the ones in which copies were kept OR the ones that never were sent...

A couple of my favorites among Tolkien's Letters were never sent to their prospective recipients.

I can't imagine that on the rare occasions the two friends would have to write one another, that the letters would not be sent. And in such personal correspondence, no need to keep copies.