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During the 1930s at Oxford, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams - remarkable friends, writers, and scholars - met regularly to discuss philosophy and literature and to read aloud from their own works in progress. Calling themselves the Inklings, their circle grew. It was in this company that such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first found an audience.

Author Humphrey Carpenter was born in Oxford and was acquainted with Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and several other Inklings. In this remarkable reconstruction of their meetings and momentous friendships, Carpenter brings to life those warm and enchanting evenings in Lewis' rooms at Magdalen College, when their imaginations ran wild. His account offers exciting insights into the influence these brilliant individuals had on each other's developing ideas and writing.

©1990 Humphrey Carpenter (P)1990 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A great find for any Inkling fan

Good narrator (he sounded very much like Michael Caine to me), and I was willing to overlook his mispronunciation of some of Toklien's words. It was a thorough and well rounded accounting of the Inklings, albeit with a heavy focus on C.S. Lewis.

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  • Christina Coombes
  • 07-30-18

fascinating

A really fascinating and informative biography and analysis of some great 20th century writers. We listened in rapt attention right to the end.

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  • Xander
  • 05-05-18

Comprehensive with a strong argument

A well written study of the Inkings where the argument is made and justified that C.S. Lewis was the reason for their formation and essentially the glue that held them together. With making this argument, the book at times turns more into a biography of Lewis, touching moderately on Charles Williams and sparingly on Tolkien. Overall, a comprehensive study essential to anyone interested in Lewis, Tolkien, Williams or the Inklings as a group.