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Tolkien, J.R.R. Fine autograph letter signed, about walt disney

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Tolkien, J.R.R. Fine autograph letter signed, about walt disney

to Miss J.L. Curry at Stanford University, offering a remarkable critique of walt disney

...I recognize his talent, but it has always seemed to me hopelessly corrupted. Though in most of the 'pictures' proceding from his studios there are admirable or charming passages, the effect of all of them is to me disgusting. Some have given me nausea...

he also accuses Disney of being in his business practices "simply a cheat: willing and even eager to defraud the less experienced by trickery sufficiently 'legal' to keep him out of jail"; he adds that his own affairs are in the hands of Allen & Unwin ("a firm with the highest repute"); that he is "not innocent of the profit-motive" himself (although "I should not have given any proposal from Disney any consideration at all. I am not all that poor..."; and that he has been delayed for some weeks in finishing this letter because of illness and lack of a secretary
2 pages, 8vo, a light blue aerogramme, addresses on verso, Oxford, undated but postmarked 15 July 1964, minor creasing

The first animated cartoon version of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was produced after his death by UA/Fantasy (in 1978), not by the Disney studios. A new Hollywood version of the trilogy (not by Disney either) is currently in production.