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16989Re: [mythsoc] Children of Hurin

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  • Mike Foster
    Sep 19 6:30 AM
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      The student in question would be Marcel Buelles of Tolkien
      Gesellschaft. Marcel Buelles <marcel.buelles@...>

      WendellWag@... wrote:

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      >In a message dated 9/19/2006 4:18:51 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
      >ferretolk@... writes:
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      >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 !.
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      >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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      >Wendell Wagner
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