Bandersnatch

Author: Diana Pavlac Glyer
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ISBN: 9781606352762
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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 Company They Keep

Author: Diana Glyer
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ISBN: 9780873388900
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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.

The Fellowship

Author: Philip Zaleski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374713790
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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.

A Hobbit a Wardrobe and a Great War

Author: Joseph Loconte
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0718021770
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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.

Tolkien and C S Lewis

Author: Colin Duriez
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 1587680262
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Reveals the complex friendship between the two literary figures, noting their shared academic experiences at Oxford University, Lewis's influence on Tolkien's completion of The Lord of the Rings, and the differences in their temperaments and spiritual beliefs. Original.

Clay in the Potter s Hands

Author: Diana Pavlac Glyer
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780578045016
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Most Christians have heard that God is the potter and we are the clay, but Diana Pavlac Glyer, who has spent countless hours at the potter's wheel, shows in this remarkable book that this saying is far more than a casual metaphor. As God hovers over his creation, centering us or shaping us or even restoring us from collapse, he may transform us in ways we never imagined. // "This is a really good book! It manages to combine depth and simplicity which is rare, but I think it is the way it treats our experience of pain and broken-ness which really sets it apart." Malcolm Guite, Priest, Poet, Chaplain at Girton College, University of Cambridge, England // "Devotional books like this one are rare; I don't remember the last time I read one which expresses the richness of Scripture with such simplicity, grace and practical application." Will Vaus, President of Will Vaus Ministries // "I recommend this book enthusiastically." Cynthia Nicholson, National Women's Task Force Coordinator, Vineyard USA

The Oxford Inklings

Author: Colin Duriez
Publisher: Lion Books
ISBN: 0745957927
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How can we define the Inklings, the group of friends who met weekly for many years in Oxford, to discuss and read their writings? With C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien at the group's centre, what was it - just an informal set of people? Or was it agenda-driven? Who else was involved, and why do Owen Barfield and Charles Williams matter? What influence do they have - and the others who were involved in the group, including the women who were on the fringes - Dorothy L Sayers and Lewis's wife, Joy Davidman? The Inklings were an influential group, along the lines of the Lake Poets, Dr Johnson's Literary Club, or the Bloomsbury Group. This fascinating group study explores their lives, their writings, their ideas and crucially the influence they had on each other.

Night Operation

Author: Owen Barfield
Publisher: Barfield Press UK
ISBN: 9780955958212
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A coarse-grained dystopian satire, in which humanity has taken refuge from airborne bacteriological warfare in the sewers, and has renounced knowledge in favour of sex, excretion and vomiting. Three friends educated themselves in the old ways and outwit the authorities in order to visit the surface; they have to consider what their next step should be. ... (TLS 5527)

Women and C S Lewis

Author: Carolyn Curtis
Publisher: Lion Books
ISBN: 0745956955
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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.

Collaborative Circles

Author: Michael P. Farrell
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226238678
Format: PDF
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Many artists, writers, and other creative people do their best work when collaborating within a circle of likeminded friends. Experimenting together and challenging one another, they develop the courage to rebel against the established traditions in their field. Out of their discussions they develop a new, shared vision that guides their work even when they work alone. In a unique study that will become a rich source of ideas for professionals and anyone interested in fostering creative work in the arts and sciences, Michael P. Farrell looks at the group dynamics in six collaborative circles: the French Impressionists; Sigmund Freud and his friends; C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings; social reformers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; the Fugitive poets; and the writers Joseph Conrad and Ford Maddox Ford. He demonstrates how the unusual interactions in these collaborative circles drew out the creativity in each member. Farrell also presents vivid narrative accounts of the roles played by the members of each circle. He considers how working in such circles sustains the motivation of each member to do creative work; how collaborative circles shape the individual styles of the persons within them; how leadership roles and interpersonal relationships change as circles develop; and why some circles flourish while others flounder.