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

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

Philip Zaleski, Carol Zaleski

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Book of the 12 months by means of the Conference on Christianity and Literature

C. S. Lewis is the 20 th century's most generally learn Christian author and J.R.R. Tolkien its such a lot loved mythmaker. for 3 a long time, they and their closest affiliates shaped a literary membership often called the Inklings, which met a week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in close by pubs. They mentioned literature, faith, and concepts; learn aloud from works in development; took philosophical rambles in woods and fields; gave each other companionship and feedback; and, within the strategy, rewrote the cultural historical past of recent times.

In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski supply the 1st entire rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. the result's a rare account of the information, affections and vexations that drove the group's most important participants. C. S. Lewis accepts Jesus Christ whereas using within the sidecar of his brother's bike, maps the medieval and Renaissance brain, turns into a world-famous evangelist and ethical satirist, and creates new types of religiously attuned fiction whereas wrestling with own crises. J.R.R. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into gripping tale in The Lord of the Rings, whereas undertaking groundbreaking previous English scholarship and elucidating, for friends and family, the Catholic teachings on the center of his imaginative and prescient. Owen Barfield, a thinker for whom language is the most important to all mysteries, turns into Lewis's favourite sparring accomplice, and, for a time, Saul Bellow's selected guru. And Charles Williams, poet, writer of "supernatural shockers," and weird acolyte of romantic love, turns his lifestyle right into a mystical pageant.

Romantics who scorned uprising, fantasists who prized truth, wartime writers who believed in desire, Christians with cosmic achieve, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and religion within the 20th century's darkest years-and did so in marvelous style.

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