The Literary Lives of the Inklings


Be jealous! The Fellowship finally arrived! I’ve been waiting FOREVER for it to become available through our public library.

Ever since I read an online review last year, this book has been high on my to-read list. I guess now all that’s left to do is drop everything and get reading!

From The L.A. Times: “The story of these literary soul mates has been told before, but Philip and Carol Zaleski weave their story into a highly readable group biography called “The Fellowship: Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams.” Authors and editors of books on spirituality and prayer, they keep their focus on the Christian elements in the Inklings’ lives and work. They also make ample room at the high table for Williams and Barfield, minor writers who nonetheless had considerable influence on their friends, especially Lewis, a literary magpie who made liberal use of images and ideas from the other Inklings in his work.”

From GoodReads: “In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings’ lives and works. C. S. Lewis accepts Jesus Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother’s motorcycle, maps the medieval and Renaissance mind, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. J.R.R. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into gripping story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating, for family and friends, the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. Owen Barfield, a philosopher for whom language is the key to all mysteries, becomes Lewis’s favorite sparring partner, and, for a time, Saul Bellow’s chosen guru. And Charles Williams, poet, author of “supernatural shockers,” and strange acolyte of romantic love, turns his everyday life into a mystical pageant.


One Comment Add yours

  1. clcouch123 says:

    Yes, I be jealous! It’s great that you have the book, and I trust it will be a delight to read. Ever since Carpenter’s book about the Inklings, it seems as if they’ve been written about separately. It’s good to have a joined perspective again. Congrats! Thanks for sharing. Happy reading!

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