By Philip Zaleski, Carol Zaleski
Best e-book of June 2015 (The Christian technology Monitor)
Book of the yr by means of the Conference on Christianity and Literature
C. S. Lewis is the 20 th century's most generally learn Christian author and J.R.R. Tolkien its so much cherished mythmaker. for 3 many years, they and their closest affiliates shaped a literary membership referred to as the Inklings, which met per week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in within reach pubs. They mentioned literature, faith, and ideas; learn aloud from works in development; took philosophical rambles in woods and fields; gave each other companionship and feedback; and, within the strategy, rewrote the cultural background of recent times.
In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski provide the 1st whole rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. the result's a unprecedented account of the tips, affections and vexations that drove the group's most important participants. C. S. Lewis accepts Jesus Christ whereas driving within the sidecar of his brother's motorbike, maps the medieval and Renaissance brain, turns into a world-famous evangelist and ethical satirist, and creates new different types of religiously attuned fiction whereas wrestling with own crises. J.R.R. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into gripping tale in The Lord of the Rings, whereas carrying out groundbreaking outdated English scholarship and elucidating, for friends and family, the Catholic teachings on the middle of his imaginative and prescient. Owen Barfield, a thinker for whom language is the main to all mysteries, turns into Lewis's favourite sparring accomplice, and, for a time, Saul Bellow's selected guru. And Charles Williams, poet, writer of "supernatural shockers," and unusual acolyte of romantic love, turns his lifestyle right into a mystical pageant.
Romantics who scorned uprising, fantasists who prized truth, wartime writers who believed in wish, Christians with cosmic succeed in, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and religion within the 20th century's darkest years-and did so in superb style.