The Inklings C S Lewis J R R Tolkien Charles Williams and Their Friends C S Lewis J R R Tolkien and their friends were a regular feature of the Oxford scenery in the years during and after the Second World War They drank beer on Tuesdays at the Bird and Baby and on Thu

  • Title: The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Their Friends
  • Author: Humphrey Carpenter
  • ISBN: 9780007748693
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and their friends were a regular feature of the Oxford scenery in the years during and after the Second World War They drank beer on Tuesdays at the Bird and Baby , and on Thursday nights they met in Lewis Magdalen College rooms to read aloud from the books they were writing jokingly they called themselves The Inklings.C.S Lewis and J.R.R.C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and their friends were a regular feature of the Oxford scenery in the years during and after the Second World War They drank beer on Tuesdays at the Bird and Baby , and on Thursday nights they met in Lewis Magdalen College rooms to read aloud from the books they were writing jokingly they called themselves The Inklings.C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien first introduced The Screwtape Letters and The Lord of the Rings to an audience in this company and Charles Williams, poet and writer of supernatural thrillers, was another prominent member of the group.Humphrey Carpenter, who wrote the acclaimed biography of J.R.R Tolkien, draws upon unpublished letters and diaries, to which he was given special access, in this engrossing story.

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    1. Humphrey Carpenter seems to have a penchant for group biographies. I recently read his excellent book on Evelyn Waugh and his friends, The Brideshead Generation, and now I've finally managed to track down a copy of The Inklings. As with The Brideshead Generation, Carpenter does focus more on one member of the group, C.S. Lewis, than on the others, for, as he argues, "the Inklings owed their existence as a group almost entirely to him." He gives some details about the life of Tolkien (of whom he [...]

    2. This was really interesting, though I feel it focused a lot more on C.S. Lewis than on the others and I would have liked a little more balance. But it still made for a great read.

    3. Absolutely superb. Carpenter has written a fascinating biography of a very misunderstood literary group. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and many others (including Lewis's brother, Warnie, and Tolkien's son, Christopher in later years) met regularly in Lewis's Magdalen rooms in Oxford to discuss philosophy and theology, as well as to read aloud their most recent literary endeavors. In one chapter, Carpenter draws from diaries and letters in order to recreate what might have been a [...]

    4. A slightly rambling account of the Inklings, focusing mainly on C. S. Lewis, with Tolkien and Charles Williams as supporting actors. It's always pleasant to spend time with these people (even if Charles Williams was certifiably insane). The only issue I have with this book is the strangely detached and critical attitude Humphrey Carpenter takes with respect to C. S. Lewis's writing. This happens in the last quarter of the book, completely unexpectedly, and it cost this book its five star rating. [...]

    5. I can't believe more of my friends haven't read this book. The friendship and encouragement in art between the Inklings is inspiring.I've never had an interest in reading The Lord of the Rings, but now I must.

    6. The Inklings were a "circle of friends who gathered about C.S. Lewis and met in his rooms at Magdalen". This interesting biography tries to tell the stories of several of them at once and it does a pretty good job. I was mostly interested in Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein, but enjoyed reading about Charles Williams and the others as well. It does focus more heavily on Lewis and that's fine with me. I tend to romanticize Lewis's life because being a professor at Oxford and meeting regularly with other [...]

    7. A fascinating insight into a group of extraordinary individuals whose sheer creative vision inspired many ‘The Inklings’ were just a group of friends who let their imaginations ‘run wild’ and spent many a happy hour discussing all things remarkable, inexplicable and simply wonderful. As stated on the older edition of this book, the Inklings were…“A group of writers whose literary fantasies shall fire the imagination of all those who seek a truth beyond reality”C.S Lewis, JRR Tolkie [...]

    8. First with the positive: Carpenter is a gifted biographer. I feel like I have read my fair share of biographies of subjects from diverse walks of life - popular music, artists, athletes, political figures, etc. The lion's share of those biographies have been absolutely horrendous. In fact, some of the worst books I have ever read were biographies. It obviously is a skill to portray the life and times of someone in a fair yet captivating way. Carpenter has that gift. His Tolkien biography, for in [...]

    9. I never heard of Charles Williams but he's nearing the top of the if-i-could-meet-anyone-in-the-world-liste most fascinating biography(ies) i've read, ever! but i haven't read too many. made me laugh to the point where i had to put the book down! i think the thing i'm learning from the book and it wasn't meant to teach this: one must not be afraid to be wholly passionate. perhaps one will find himself feeling quite alone, but that shouldn't determine one's love for something because whatever it [...]

    10. Na swój sposób lubię takie książki, które poświęcone są grupie pisarzy. W ten sposób mogę się bliżej przyjrzeć sytuacji, w jakiej się znaleźli, temu, jakie więzi łączyły poszczególne osoby i poczuć, że to nie była tylko "grupa osób", ale przyjaciele, których łączyły naprawdę bliskie relacje, którzy czerpali od siebie, wpływali na siebie i tworzyli wspólnie jakąś części historii literatury. I właśnie taką książką jest zbiorowa biografia Inklingów. Bo ch [...]

    11. Interesting overview of the shifting group of friends calling themselves The Inklings and including CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. It really captures what I've always suspected about the group, that their imaginations were huge but their values and beliefs were pretty narrow. I especially couldn't help but think, what with the backdrop of a sort of assumed air of male superiority, how much their relationships with each other had in common with the social life of junior high girls. There was a lot of [...]

    12. Lovely biographical study of a circle of friends oh God I'm in too much pain after dancing like a lunatic at my sister's wedding, I'll review this anon.

    13. After visiting England, Oxford University and The Eagle and Child pub in England these authors, Lewis, Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers and other Inklings authors mean so much more to me.

    14. This book should be called Grumpy Old Men. I should know better by now than to want to peek behind the curtain. I think I read this book in high school (besides recently) at the height of my Tolkien mania but apparently I am a different person now. I'm not sure if the writer is misogynistic or all the characters are. Lewis takes on a sort of foster mother who is portrayed as only dragging him down, Tolkien's marriage is sour, and Williams renamed his wife, then had an emotional affair with a col [...]

    15. I first read Tolkien's biography in 1986 and was determined to read The Inklings too. But it took me 31 years to get round to it. However, it was worth the wait. Humphrey Carpenter knows how to write a biography, and in The Inklings he gives us an in-depth look at the lives of the most important members of this select literary group. This is no hagiography. It is an honest and clear assessment of these men's lives and the impact they had on each other's work and their careers at Oxford and Cambr [...]

    16. I read this shortly after it was published as background for a research project. I remember enjoying it overall, although I felt it had too much emphasis on C. S. Lewis compared to the others. (Yes, I know Lewis sort of spearheaded the group, but I simply was never that interested in him.) The whole group bio concept could have dissolved into a complete mess but for the excellent writing of Carpenter. This book was the one that led me to his bio of JRRT, which was actually the book I'd been hopi [...]

    17. I am sure I would have enjoyed this more if I had read more of the works of Tolkien and Charles Williams. I was mainly interested in C.S. Lewis. and appreciated the content about him and his life and work.

    18. I give this 3/5 not because its poorly written or poorly researched, both are done exceptionally well, but because sections of the book are set aside for specific members of the inklings group. I found it less interesting to read in depth about Charles Williams or Lewis' brother, Warnie, than the sections about C.S. Lewis & Tolkein. For a biography, a lot of the scenes and conversations of inklings meetings are able to be told in great detail, that at points, almost reads like a novel. This [...]

    19. A fascinating account of the lives, writing and interaction of these three writers. C S Lewis is portrayed sympathetically. Obviously a man given to thought and reflection on the one hand and a taste for virulent debate on the other. Charles Williams is an odd character, with his fusion of black magic and christianity. He seemed to write long and probably tedious spiritual thrillers, for modern day readers at least. I am not tempted to try them. Tolkien was far and away the greatest writer of th [...]

    20. Not as good as his biography on Tolkien. But a fairly intimate and no-holds barred look into the lives of some of Christianity's greatest twentieth century heroes—deficiencies, idiosyncrasies, and failings along with their successes and faith.

    21. If you are thinking about reading this book, skip ahead to Part 1, Chapter 2, and then to Part 3, Chapter 3, and read from there onward. There is some unnecessary background info. I didn't care for the author's "spin" on things, and the most interesting material begins over halfway through the book.Part 3, Chapter 3 is fascinating and well-written. The chapter portrays a typical meeting of The Inklings. Humphrey Carpenter compiled material from correspondence and diaries in a seemless way.Food f [...]

    22. A solid book, though more informative than anything, and lacking the verve of "Jack" by George Sayer. I found the book's approach of dealing with the interplay between the Inklings a better fit than the tendency to write on Tolkien or Lewis in isolation, and then only reveling in their friendship as a backdrop to their fiction. Carpenter at least knew the context and several of the Inklings personally, and his prose is lacking in the fawning praise so common in American biographical works on the [...]

    23. This was the first book I'd read, by an author I've come to love, for his enjoyable explorations on various subjects, such as this innovative group of writers. I'm more familiar with Lewis and Tolkien, so it was gratifying to read about the other individuals in their circle.

    24. I cannot recommend this book for every reader, but if you have enjoyed ‘The Chronicles or Narnia’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, I believe you will find this biography of the authors interesting. Particularly as it discusses, in detail, their journeys to get those books written. The author spends the most time on C.S. Lewis. Lewis comes across as the lynchpin of these various teachers and scholars at Oxford in the early 20th century, who was the magnet for others to join their non-official [...]

    25. Interesting and highly readable account of the Inklings group, albeit one heavily weighted towards Lewis. There's always a risk, I think, in reading about authors whose work I admire (The Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite books) - I want to think well of them, if only to reinforce my own prejudices and taste - and mostly I leave this book thinking well of the Inklings, both as a group and as individuals. There are bits where I feel much less sympathy for them than others, but I suppose th [...]

    26. Really liked it. It is a biography of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams and it dabbles into the story of the people that joined them for their Inkling meetings. Lewis was the person that really pulled the group together so the book does focus on him in the beginning and end. I grew to like Williams more towards the end of the book but his beliefs were an odd mix of mysticism and Christianity. It was pointed out that some of life was walled off from the Inklings so the reader gets [...]

    27. Carpenter's book seems as effortless as it is deep, with rarely a contrived passage or useless tangent. C.S. Lewis comes out as the center in the book, since according to Carpenter he was the real center of the Inklings. Carpenter shows how the Inklings, at its core, was nothing more than a group of friends with similar interests. Friendship came first for C.S. Lewis, his brother Warnie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and others. That these men produced some of the most memorable literature o [...]

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