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The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S.… (utgåvan 2015)

av Both in the Department of Religion and Biblical Studies Philip Zaleski (Författare)

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"A stirring group biography of the Inklings, the Oxford writing club featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis C.S. Lewis is the twentieth 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 weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years--and did so"-- "A stirring group biography of the Inklings, the Oxford writing club featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis"--… (mer)
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Titel:The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
Författare:Both in the Department of Religion and Biblical Studies Philip Zaleski (Författare)
Info:Farrar Straus Giroux (2015), 656 pages
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The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams av Philip Zaleski (Author)

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Very detailed accounts of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. Tolkien and Lewis are the only ones I was familiar with. I learned a lot about their childhood, family and lives. Religion played a huge part in their lives. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 27, 2021 |
Thei book should be titled "Lewis, Tolkien and Friends", because I would be reasonably sure no-one is going to buy it to read about Owen Barfield and Charles Williams. There's actaully little in it about the Inklings as a group (their first meeting at the Bird & Baby is not even mentioned), its really a dual biography of Lewis and Tolkien, alternating chapters concerning their lives and their developing philosophies. Oddly, though I much prefer LOTR to Narnia, I find Lewis much more interesting to read about. That is primarily because Tolkien was boringly bourgeois in his private life, whereas Lewis was charmingly unconventional. To tell the truth I would like to have seen more about Lewis' private life, but this book is very much a discussion of their writing and especially their philosophy. As a non-Christian I found the endless spiritual meandering quite tedious, but it really sparkles when describing the processes that led to their best-known works. I was fascinated to see how Tolkien struggled with the conception of LOTR and the many changes he made to his original script. All in all I enjoyed about half this book, there were a lot of dry patches, but the good bits were fascinated. I would not recommend this to anyone who is not fascinated by Tolkien or Lewis, but if the reader is prepared to work hard to extract the jewels in this book it is a great read. ( )
  drmaf | Dec 13, 2018 |
Read in anticipation of going to the Wade Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. ( )
  DuffDaddy | Mar 22, 2018 |
Better title: Tolkien, Lewis and two other guys 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'. 'The Chronicles of Narnia.' Many people have read these (and other works by these men) and this book is the story of the literary society/club of these men and other members. However, it's really a story of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Barfield and Williams are really afterthoughts.
 
In all honesty, I read this for Tolkien. I didn't mean to and it may affect my reading of the entire book, but I have NO interest in the last two men and I actually don't care for 'Chronicles' all that much either. But this is a story that weaves together the lives of the four men, both before and at Oxford through their deaths. And it is, as the book says, a look at their literary lives.
 
So there's quite a bit of stuff on their writings, some of which has tons and tons of information. Some of this was quite difficult to get through--I had little to no familiarity with some and I didn't care for a lot for the philosophical stuff in the Lewis discussions. There is a bit of felling that the authors tried to cram in as much as possible and sometimes it feels like needless or too much filling.
 
I did enjoy the writing on Tolkien though. It also made me realize I really need to seek out a book on him. Hugh Carpenter's work gets a few mentions in the text, so that is likely going to be a book I will read. It was also interesting to read about the formulation of both 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings.' Having just read Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if a draft of either 'Hobbit' or 'LOTR' was "found" and sold or what the reception might have been if the final book had been one of the earlier drafts.
 
I had eagerly anticipated this book ever since of hearing about it, but it wasn't for me. If you are familiar with the Inklings and their works, this would probably be of interest, especially for a say a literature critic or academic. But for a casual reader I'm not sure it's really for them. Absolutely recommend the library to check out. The hardcover is 35 USD (!) and would be a rather expensive gift unless you can be sure it'd be right for the recipient. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
This may well have been the most disappointing book I have read this year. As a keen reader of Tolkien’s academic works, as well as his chronicles of Middle Earth, I was looking forward to some fascinating insights into his philological studies, and his researches into the various tributaries of north Germanic medieval literature. Similarly, I was keen to learn more about C S Lewis, and in particular his medieval researches. After all, his critical analysis, The Allegory of Love, is itself now a classic of the genre.

Sadly, this book fell lamentably short of the detailed analysis promised in the hyperbolic encomia strewn about the cover. The Zaleskis seem to delight in using as many words as possible to say very little, and I found it all very weak and pointless. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Nov 26, 2017 |
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[Prologue] During the hectic middle decades of the twentieth century, from the end of the Great Depression through World War II and into the 1950s, a small circle of intellectuals gathered on a weekly basis in and around Oxford University to drink, smoke, quip, cavil, read aloud their works in progress, and endure or enjoy with as much grace as they could muster the sometimes blistering critiques that followed.
The story of the Inklings might begin with any of the company: Charles Williams, the first to be born, the first to publish, the first to die; Clive Staples Lewis, the most celebrated and execrated; Owen Barfield, the least known but, some say, the most profound; or any of the other brilliant figures who joined, reveled in, and (sometimes) quit the fellowship.
[Epilogue] What then, were the Inklings?
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"A stirring group biography of the Inklings, the Oxford writing club featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis C.S. Lewis is the twentieth 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 weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years--and did so"-- "A stirring group biography of the Inklings, the Oxford writing club featuring J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis"--

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