The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community

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Kent State University Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 293 pages
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The creators of Narnia and Middle-earth, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends and professional colleagues. They met frequently with a community of fellow writers at Oxford in the 1930s and 1940s, all sharing their works-in-progress. The group became known as the Inklings. This important study challenges the standard interpretation that Lewis, Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and the other Inklings had little influence on one another's work, drawing on the latest research in composition studies and the sociology of the creative process. Diana Glyer invites readers into the heart of the group, examining diary entries and personal letters and carefully comparing the rough drafts of their manuscripts with their final, published work. Her analysis not only demonstrates the high level of mutual influence that characterized this writers group but also provides a lively and compelling picture of how writers and other creative artists challenge, correct, and encourage one another as they work together in community.

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I am a fringe Inkling follower. I was fascinated to discover that the creators of such famous literary works as The Chronicles and Lord of the Rings. This book strikes a good balance of being ... Read full review

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Synopsis: It has been widely and vehemently put forth that the Inklings, a group comprised mainly of writers (including JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Charles Williams) who met regularly to read their ... Read full review


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Diana Pavlac Glyer is professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.

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