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The Company They Keep

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community

Literature & Literary Criticism

The first and most complete examination of the Inklings’ close literary collaborations and friendships

Winner of the Imperishable Flame Award for Tolkien Studies and the Mythopoetic Society Scholarship Award

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“I found myself captured by Glyer’s engaging writing style, the breadth of her research, and the cogency of her argument. It’s good, very good indeed.” –Verlyn Flieger, author of Splintered Light, A Question of Time, and Interrupted Music

C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, the creators of Narnia and Middle-earth, were close friends, colleagues, and members of the Inklings, a writers group that met in Oxford in the 1930s and 1940s, sharing and discussing their works-in-progress.

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 Company They Keep is an astonishingly thorough work, lucidly and boldly illuminating the collaborative writing processes of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and their colleagues during the most fruitful period of their careers. Diana Glyer’s impressive achievement immediately supersedes in scope and authority all previous treatments of the Inklings in extant biographies and encyclopedia.” —Bruce L Edwards, author of Not-a-Tame Lion, Further Up and Further In, and A Rhetoric of Reading

AuthorDiana Pavlac Glyer has published extensively on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, and has received the Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant and the Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award. She is professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.

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