The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Their Circle   -     By: Colin Duriez
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The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Their Circle

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The Inklings were an informal group of literary friends who met weekly for discussion, to share excerpts from their writings, and to just enjoy good company. Learn how C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield intellectually stimulated each other---plus set off ripples among Dorothy Sayers and Joy Davidman. 288 pages, softcover. Lion.

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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Lion Hudson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0745956343
ISBN-13: 9780745956343

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Author Bio

Colin Duriez is an expert on C.S. Lewis, his writings, and his wider circle. He is also the author of the popular biography C.S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship and J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend. He has also written widely on other aspects of Lewis, Tolkien, and the other members of the Inklings.

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"A brisk and honest retelling of the group and its members...Duriez's best book." -Diana Pavlac Glyer, author of The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community

"Few people know the Inklings as intimately as Duriez, who makes us feel as though he has just come from a morning with them at The Eagle and Child." -Harry Lee Poe, author of The Inklings of Oxford and C.S. Lewis Remembered

"This book...offers surprising and delightful insights even for readers who are familiar with earlier studies on the Inklings.... Enjoyable and enlightening." -David C. Downing, author of The Most Reluctant Convert and Looking for the King

"One of the best books on the Inklings I've ever read." -Walter Hooper, literary advisor to the C. S. Lewis estate

Author Info

Colin Duriez is an expert on C.S. Lewis, his writings and also his wider circle. He is also the author of the popular biography C.S. Lewis: A biography of friendship and J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend (both published by Lion Books). He has also written widely on other aspects of Lewis, Tolkien and the other members of the Inklings, and has contributed to conferences, lectures, DVDs and documentaries on these subjects.

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The Oxford Inklings tells the story of the friendships, mutual influence, and common purpose of the Inklings--the literary circle which congregated around C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Meeting in pubs or Lewis's college rooms, they included an influential array of literary figures. They were, claimed poet and novelist John Wain, bent on "the task of redirecting the whole current of contemporary art and life". Tolkien and Lewis expert Colin Duriez unpacks the Inklings' origins, relationships, and the nature of their collaboration. He shows how they influenced, encouraged, and molded each other. Duriez also covers the less celebrated Inklings, neglected, he claims, for too long. What did they owe--and offer--to the more acknowledged names? What brought them together? And what, eventually, drove them apart from their initial focus upon each other's writings?

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    The Inklings- poets, scholars, theologians, friends, critics, thinkers.
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    "The Oxford Inklings" by Colin Duriez is a manageable collection of mini-autobiographies of the renowned men who made up the Inklings.

    These men were C. S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams, and others of academic and literary fame.

    Collectively, these men soldiered, authored many books from theology to poetry, and instructed at some prestigious British and American Universities.

    They were friends first, and critics of each other's work when relevant, and they all were believers of Christ or came to be.

    Ravi Zacharias' question "Can man live without God?" could have been answered by any of these fellows.

    If you're a fan of C. S. Lewis, I can recommend this book. Eric Metaxas, a modern philosopher and theologian, holds educational forums under the name "Socrates in the City" where brilliant minds gather to inform regarding various topics. These gatherings are a chance to question and dialogue.

    I can't help but think that's a lot like the Inklings, who gathered to eat, drink, and think.

    I thank Lion Hudson for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

    This book will be joining Mr. Duriez's other book "An A to Z of C.S Lewis" as well as a whole host of other Lewis-themed titles, on my shelf.
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