THE FELLOWSHIP: THE LITERARY LIVES OF THE INKLINGS: J.R.R. TOLKIEN, C. S. LEWIS, OWEN BARFIELD, CHARLES WILLIAMS by Philip Zaleski Carol Zaleski

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The Inklings—so named for their expression through ink as well as for their writings which gave inklings of a higher world—gathered together on a regular basis in mid-20th century Oxford to discuss their latest work and enjoy each other. The husband-and-wife team of Philip and Carol Zaleski have produced a beautifully written and thoroughly researched 644-page literary biography examining four of the best-known of the group. It’s hard to overstate the influence of the Inklings on the shape of today’s cultural and imaginative life, and this book does them justice.
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Best Book of June 2015 (The Christian Science Monitor)

C. S. Lewis is the 20th 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 every week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in nearby pubs. They discussed literature, religion, and ideas; read aloud from works in progress; took philosophical rambles in woods and fields; gave one another companionship and criticism; and, in the process, rewrote the cultural history of modern times.

In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. The result is an extraordinary account of the ideas, affections and vexations that drove the group's most significant members. 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.

Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized reality, wartime writers who believed in hope, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years-and did so in dazzling style.

Book Specifications
Release date: 2015-06-02
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 2015-06-02
Label: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 656
Edition: 1st Edition
ASIN: 0374154090
ISBN: 0374154090
Height: 923
Length: 625
Weight: 214
Width: 194
Product Group: Book