18         From a letter to Stanley Unwin      23 October 1937


[On 19 October, Unwin wrote to Tolkien: ‘I think there is cause for your faint hope...It is seldom that a children’s writer gets firmly established with one book, but that you will do so very rapidly I have not the slightest doubt…You are one of those rare people with genius, and, unlike some publishers, it is a word I have not used half a dozen times in thirty years of publishing.’]

Thank you in return for your encouraging letter. I will start something soon, & submit it to your boy at the earliest opportunity.