The Fellowship

The Fellowship

The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams

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"A stirring group biography of the Inklings, the Oxford writing club featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis C.S. Lewis is the twentieth century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years--and did so"-- Provided by publisher.
"A stirring group biography of the Inklings, the Oxford writing club featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
ISBN: 9780374713799
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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RLoewens
Jun 22, 2015

Barfield's "Great War" arguments, along with History in English Words and Poetic Diction, revealed to Lewis the fallacy of "chronological snobbery", the assumption, as common now as then, that the present owns more of the truth than the past, that the ideas o longer in vogue are most likely false." p. 121-122

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RLoewens
Jun 22, 2015

"Every effective metaphor brings with it a more complete perception of the world and its interrelationships." p. 119

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RLoewens
Jun 18, 2015

"Fantasy became the voice of faith. And it made for a cracking good story."

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Tabaqui
Dec 24, 2016

An interesting look at four different Inklings. A bit biography, a bit analysis, this book is a lot of fun to read if you don't mind persevering through rather scholarly wording. I learned from it, and also learned how their separate lives interwove.

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