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The fellowship : the literary lives of the Inklings : J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams / Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski.

Author/Creator:
Zaleski, Philip.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
644 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
Barfield, Owen, 1898-1997.
Williams, Charles, 1886-1945.
Inklings (Group of writers)
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Oxford (England) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century -- Biography.
Intellectual life.
Literature and society.
England.
England -- Oxford.
Local subjects:
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
Barfield, Owen (Arthur Owen), 1898-1997.
Williams, Charles (Charles Walter Stansby), 1886-1945.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
History.
Biographies.
Biographies.
Summary:
"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.
Contents:
Prologue: Dabblers in ink
"A star shines on the hour of our meeting"
Heaven in a biscuit tin
Advent lyrics
Hard knocks and dreaming spires
"Words have a soul"
A mythology for England
Wanted: an intelligible absolute
A meeting of minds
Inklings assemble
Romantic theology
Secondary worlds
War, again
Mere Christians
Loss and gain
Miracles
"Making up is a very mysterious thing"
The long-expected sequel
The dialectic of desire
Inklings first and last
Epilogue: The recovered image.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 587-610) and index.
Conference on Christianity & Literature Book of the Year Award, Winner, 2015
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Sargent fund bookplate.
Contributor:
Zaleski, Carol.
ISBN:
9780374154097
0374154090
9780374713799
9780374536251
0374536252
OCLC:
894149486
Publisher Number:
40025264232
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