16988Re: [mythsoc] Children of Hurin
- Sep 19, 2006In a message dated 9/19/2006 4:18:51 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Are your sure about this ? HarperCollins never officially replied to my
question when I asked them about updated figures. The last "official"
figures I know were published in P Curry's _Defending ME_, ten years ago !.
A German grad student who was one of the speakers at Tolkien 2005 in
Birmingham last year told me this. He was working on a Ph.D. thesis about the
American reception of _The Lord of the Rings_ in the 1960's, which he spoke about
in his talk. When he took questions after the talk, I asked if he knew how
many copies had been sold. I had discussed this very question on this mailing
list shortly before this (and had discussed it elsewhere too), so I decided
I would try to get it resolved if I could during the conference. I was
asking everybody there I could if they knew of any official figures on the amount
of sales. The German grad student said that he had just talked to people at
HarperCollins and they said that it was over 100 million authorized copies
and about 150 million if you counted unauthorized copies. I can't find my copy
of the Tolkien 2005 program schedule. Does anybody else have a copy? Can
you tell me the German grad student's name and his academic association?
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