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A unique account of one of history's most intriguing literary groups, which will find itself on the reading list of every serious Tolkien, Lewis, or Inkling fan.The Inklings were an influential group, along the lines of the Lake Poets or the Bloomsbury Group. Acclaimed author Colin Duriez explores their lives, their writings, their ideas, and, crucially, the influence theyA unique account of one of history's most intriguing literary groups, which will find itself on the reading list of every serious Tolkien, Lewis, or Inkling fan.The Inklings were an influential group, along the lines of the Lake Poets or the Bloomsbury Group. Acclaimed author Colin Duriez explores their lives, their writings, their ideas, and, crucially, the influence they had on each other. Examining the clear purpose behind the group while celebrating its diversity and lack of formality, Duriez explains how this eclectic group of friends, without formal membership, agenda, and minutes, could have a program that shaped the publication and ideas of the leading participants. The Inklings met weekly for many years in Oxford, to discuss and read their writings—conversation was as important to them as writing—and so the city of Oxford, and its pubs where conversations were borne out, feature, as does the Christian faith of the defining members, which influenced them greatly. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were at the group's center, but who else was involved, and why do Owen Barfield and Charles Williams matter so much? The Oxford Inklings explores the complex and fascinating interactions of the group, including the women on the fringes, such as Dorothy L. Sayers and Lewis's wife, Joy Davidman....

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  • Lisa-Michele
    2018-10-10 05:53

    This was a terrific book to read right before traveling to Oxford and re-tracing the steps of C.S. Lewis. It presents the lives of Lewis, Tolkien and others as they relate to Oxford. You can’t help but love the idea of brilliant, eccentric men ensconced in a pub meeting weekly to discuss God and writing. It just works. I enjoyed the insights into what kept the group going, and why it fell apart. I learned how obstinate C.S. Lewis was about his beliefs, both his doubts and his certainties. I went to the same pub when I was in Oxford – the Eagle and Child – or as the Inklings called it “The Bird and Baby.” It was perfect. Very quaint. Very evocative.

  • Gary Smith
    2018-09-20 04:59

    Not for everyone, but it was an interesting and mostly readable account of the friendships between an important group of writers.

  • vicki risinger West
    2018-09-16 05:08

    A comprehensive study on a most intriguing topic.

  • Faith
    2018-09-29 12:55

    "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.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2018-09-17 10:05

    J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had an influence on modern fiction, especially speculative fiction, that is still felt to this day. In their prime, at Oxford, they saw themselves as champions of myth and meaning, bringing back the “old Western” literary values, elevating myth and “fairy stories” into a place of prominence in an academic world that was increasingly valuing modernism. The two friends surrounded themselves with British writers and thinkers of the time, a group they nick-named the Inklings, and that group’s influence on the writing of the time still cannot be calculated. The Inklings capture our imaginations just as deftly as LORD OF THE RINGS or Out of the Silent Planet do. Colin Duriez’s non-fiction The Oxford Inklings introduces us to that large circle of writers, thinkers and influencers, and tries, once again, to quantify the impact the group had on the writing and thinking of Tolkien and Lewis.4 stars from Marion, read more at FANTASY LITERATURE

  • Readnponder
    2018-09-24 06:56

    Humphrey Carpenter wrote the first major biography of the Inklings in 1978. Since then, more materials have become public making Carpenter’s book somewhat dated. (For instance, we now have all of C.S. Lewis’s letters in the 3-volume collection edited by Walter Hooper.) Duriez’s work is more recent and serves as a quick survey to the major players within the Inklings. For a more comprehensive treatment, go to The Fellowship by the Zaleskis. He includes helpful appendices including short bios of each member and a chronology. The first few chapters were slow; however, the pace picked up once the men came together in Oxford and formed the Inklings--almost as if the synergy they drew from each other transferred to the page, quickening the narrative for the reader. Not an exhaustive treatment of the Inklings, but a good starting place.

  • Garrett Cash
    2018-10-15 08:03

    The Oxford Inklings may not be the award winner for originality in this topic, but Duriez does an astonishing job at compiling and refreshing the important facts in a way that makes us think differently about them again. It's as if Duriez is a friend you have who's gone over all the material and is brilliantly summing up and tying all his acquired information together to achieve a lucid and compelling argument. I would recommend it to anyone who knows nothing of The Inklings, and those who do a thing or two.

  • Justin Wiggins
    2018-10-14 08:58

    An amazing book written by a hero of mine that has changed my life. My favorite fellow Inkling is an amazing woman in my life named Holly Beverly. She was excited about me getting to meet Colin Duriez at the C.S.Lewis and Inklings retreat where I bought this book. It has inspired me to become a scholar on Tolkien and Lewis, and I really hope to eventually teach a class on their works. That would be an honor indeed! There is much reading, reflecting, writing, and much that is yet to experienced, and I look forward to it with joy!

  • Janet Croft
    2018-10-15 05:59

    A good, solid history of the Inklings, with some very useful insights. A complement and needed update to Carpenter's The Inklings, incorporating more recent findings and research, but not groundbreaking like Diana Pavlac Glyer's The Company They Keep -- but then it's a general study, and Pavlac's book had a particular focus on the Inklings as a writing group.

  • John Hubbard
    2018-10-07 10:04

    This book was a Christmas gift. The author was polemic and repetitive. He seemed unwilling to make a statement beyond a well known history that he just rehashed.

  • Alyssa
    2018-10-07 08:12

    As a HUGE fan of Tolkien & Lewis, I WANT THIS BOOK!!!! And I really want to be an inkling!

  • Briana
    2018-09-16 12:59

    The biographical sketches are wonderful but the real magic of this book is the insights to what (and who!) propelled these men, and the societal ideas they were engaging with.

  • Steve
    2018-09-19 09:03

    Really good telling of the Inklings story.

  • John Simms
    2018-09-21 07:18

    A useful account of this influential circle of friends meeting in Oxford from the mid '20s to the late '40s. My only gripe with this book is that it can get a little repetitive.