bandersnatch c s lewis j r r tolkien and the creative collaboration of the inklings

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Bandersnatch

Author : Diana Pavlac Glyer
ISBN : 1606352768
Genre : Literary Criticism
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C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the other members of the Inklings met each week to read and discuss each other's work-in-progress, offering both encouragement and blistering critique. How did these conversations shape the books they were writing? How does creative collaboration enhance individual talent? And what can we learn from their example? Beautifully illustrated by James A. Owen, 'Bandersnatch' offers an inside look at the Inklings of Oxford - and a seat at their table at The Eagle and Child pub.

The Fellowship

Author : Philip Zaleski
ISBN : 9780374713799
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.

The Company They Keep

Author : Diana Glyer
ISBN : 0873388909
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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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.

C S Lewis Goes To Hell A Companion And Study Guide To The Screwtape Letters

Author : William O'Flaherty
ISBN : 1935688111
Genre : Religion
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C. S. Lewis Goes to Hell by William O Flaherty is precisely as advertised. Part encyclopedia, part plot summary, part analysis, and part discussion guide, this book is a valuable resource for both an individual reader and for a small group interested in exploring in more detail Lewis satirical masterpiece. Don King, Professor of English Editor of The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition A good study guide is surprisingly difficult: it must combine accuracy with imagination; it must be generative without being speculative. O Flaherty delivers. I am genuinely excited about this important resource. Diana Pavlac Glyer, Professor of English Author of Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings Presenting The Screwtape Letters as a theatrical stage adaptation has had the wonderful benefit of inspiring hundreds if not thousands of theatre-goers to read Lewis classic novel. As a result we are often asked to suggest a study guide to help people wrestle more deeply with the themes and insights behind the brilliant, morally inverted universe that Lewis created. William O Flaherty s thoughtful, copious and insightful volume is what I will be recommending to them. It s the best of its kind. Max McLean, Artistic Director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, New York, NY O Flaherty s companion to Screwtape is seriously worth any Lewis lover s time, both for its penetrating study questions and its excellence as a reference tool. Charlie W. Starr, Professor of English Author of Light: C. S. Lewis First and Final Short Story Once C. S. Lewis best-known work, The Screwtape Letters today has been somewhat eclipsed by The Chronicles of Narnia. For those discovering Screwtape for the first time, William O Flaherty provides clear summaries, useful background information, and helpful discussion questions. Anyone leading a small group study will find this to be a valuable tool. Devin Brown, Professor at Asbury University Author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis A worthy resource that will be highly valued by scholars and fans of C. S. Lewis and his masterpiece, The Screwtape Letters. Congratulations and thanks to William O Flaherty for his diligence and fine work! Carolyn Curtis, author of Women and C. S. Lewis: What His Life and Literature Reveal for Today s Culture. C. S. Lewis Goes to Hell is a comprehensive exploration which delves deep into the psychology of Screwtape and his agenda. Fans of Lewis will relish the wisdom offered here and nurture a renewed appreciation for The Screwtape Letters. Crystal Hurd Author of Thirty Days with C. S. Lewis: A Women s Devotional. William O Flaherty works as a Family Counselor in Pennsylvania. He also created the website EssentialCSLewis.com and hosts the All About Jack podcast to help advance the study of C.S. Lewis and related authors. "

A Hobbit A Wardrobe And A Great War

Author : Joseph Loconte
ISBN : 9780718021771
Genre : Religion
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The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been noHobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.

Women And C S Lewis

Author : Carolyn Curtis
ISBN : 0745956947
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Women and C.S. Lewis is a collection of interviews and essays, from a group of distinguished scholars commissioned by the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Critics say Lewis was sexist in his views on women. Opinion pieces by both eminent Lewis scholars and newer thinkers review Lewis's personal relationships with women and treatment of women in his writings. The book is drawn together in a final section which examines whether Lewis's views are relevant or out of touch for the twenty-first century. Invited contributors range from bloggers to scholars and include Alister McGrath, Randy Alcorn, Monika Hilder, Colin Duriez, Michael Ward, David C. Downing, Malcolm Guite and others. Edited by Carolyn Curtis, veteran journalist and book author, and Mary Pomroy Key, Director, Special Programs, C.S. Lewis Foundation. This multi-contributor volume is an essential read for fans of Lewis and his writings.

Women And C S Lewis

Author : Carolyn Curtis
ISBN : 9780745956954
Genre : Religion
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Sexism in Narnia? Or Screwtape? Or among the Inklings? Critics have labelled C.S. Lewis a sexist, even a misogynist. Did the life and writing of the hugely popular British author and professor betray attitudes that today are unacceptable, even deplorable? The younger Lewis was criticized for a mysterious living arrangement with a woman, but his later marriage to an American poet, Joy Davidman, became a celebrated love story. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien formed a legendary literary group, the Inklings – but without women. Women and C.S. Lewis features academics and writers who come together to investigate the accusations: Alister McGrath, Randy Alcorn, Monika Hilder, Holly Ordway, Don W. King, Kathy Keller, Colin Duriez, Crystal Hurd, Jeanette Sears, David C. Downing, Michael Ward, Devin Brown, Malcolm Guite, Joy Jordan-Lake, Steven Elmore, Andrew Lazo, Mary Poplin, Christin Ditchfield, Lyle W. Dorsett, Paul McCusker, Crystal Downing, Kasey Macsenti, Brett McCracken, John Stonestreet, Kelly Belmonte, Brad Davis. Women and C.S. Lewis provides broad and satisfying answers. Editors are Carolyn Curtis, veteran journalist and book author; Mary Pomroy Key, Director, C.S. Lewis Study Center, Northfield, Massachusetts. Editorial Reviews “A remarkably fine tribute to C.S. Lewis.” Walter Hooper, C.S. Lewis Estate. “Thanks! Someone needed to write this book.” Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author of Miracles, Bonhoeffer, 7 Men, and others. “Not all contributors agree, but all take seriously the significance of gender to the world, and we should as well.” Marjorie Lamp Mead, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College. “Thought-provoking from the very first page, this collection brings together a wide variety of perspectives on a single, significant question: Was Lewis sexist? It’s a lively conversation, and there’s plenty to enjoy.” Dr. Diana Pavlac Glyer, author, Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings and The Company They Keep. “Full of shared wisdom and cogent argument that will challenge your perceptions of Lewis and his world.” Brian Sibley, author and broadcaster known for BBC serializations.

C S Lewis

Author : Colin Duriez
ISBN : 9780745955872
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An Oxford student of C.S. Lewis's said he found his new tutor interesting, and was told by J.R.R. Tolkien: "Interesting? Yes, he's certainly that. You'll never get to the bottom of him." You can learn a great deal about people by their friends and nowhere is this more true than in the case of C.S. Lewis, the remarkable academic, author, populariser of faith - and creator of Narnia. He lost his mother early in life, and became estranged from his father, much to his regret. Throughout his life, key relationships mattered deeply to him, from his early days in the north of Ireland and his schooldays in England, as still a teenager in the trenches of World War One, and then later in Oxford. The friendships he cultivated throughout his life proved to be vital, influencing his thoughts, his beliefs and his writings. What did Arthur Greeves, a life-long friend from his adolescence, bring to him? How did J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other members of the now famous Inklings, shape him? Why, in his early twenties, did he move in with a single mother twice his age, Janie Moore, and live with her for so many years until her death? And why did he choose to marry so late? What of the relationship with his alcoholic and gifted brother, who eventually joined his unusual household? In this sparkling new biography, which draws on material not previously published, Colin Duriez brings C.S. Lewis and his friendships to life.

The Oxford Inklings

Author : Colin Duriez
ISBN : 0745956343
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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 moulded 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?

Charles Williams

Author : Grevel Lindop
ISBN : 9780199284153
Genre : Authors, English
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A lively and readable literary biography of a remarkable personality who was a central member of the Inklings, working closely with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in wartime Oxford. The book rediscovers the dramatic and contradictory life of a brilliant writer and publisher from a poor London background who became a ground-breaking theologian, fantasy novelist and poet but was also a member of occult groups, experimenting with magic and becoming a guru to a body ofdevoted followers. Based on intimate documents and letters, many of them embargoed until recently, it vividly recreates the public and private worlds of a charismatic and contradictory figure who wasfascinating, brilliant and deeply disturbing by turns. It is perhaps the strangest story in twentieth-century English literature.

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