- Adjusted for inflation to 2013 U.K. pounds: Williams: 33,167.69 Lewis: 940,275.27 Tolkien: 1,982,000.80 Converted to 2013 U.S. dollars: Williams: 50,195.98Message 1 of 9 , Apr 4, 2013View SourceAdjusted for inflation to 2013 U.K. pounds:Williams: 33,167.69Lewis: 940,275.27Tolkien: 1,982,000.80Converted to 2013 U.S. dollars:Williams: 50,195.98Lewis: 1,423,012.19Tolkien: 2,979,740.03Wendell WagnerIn a message dated 3/29/2013 4:55:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, sacnoth@... writes:
Looking at the DNB (Dictionary of National Biography) entries on Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien, I was struck by the disparity in their wealth at time of death (there's actually a line for this at the end of each entry).Williams (d. 1945) left behind an estate worth 951 pounds, 9 shillings, and 1 pence.Lewis (d. 1963) left behind 55, 869 pounds. This would not have included The Kilns, which belonged to the Moores.Tolkien (d. 1973) left behind 190,577 pounds, but I don't know if this includes money he put aside for his children a few years before his death (since he had to survive a certain number of years after that point for the trust to take effect). Still, a sizable amount.Part of the disparity between these is no doubt due to inflation, but I still found the relative amounts interesting -- esp. for CSL, who left considerably more than I wd have expected.