29 January 2012

Top Ten about-the-Inklings books


The works on this list vary wildly in quality, but each is sort of necessary in some way or another for a well-rounded understanding of the Inklings, their lives, and some of the controversies in interpreting them. If anybody wants a commentary on each book -- such as a summary, why to read it, or what its strengths and weaknesses are -- give me a holler and I'll roll out such a commentary posthaste. Or at least, I'll get around to it.

And please add your recommendations in the comments below!

  1. The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and their Friends by Humphrey Carpenter.

  2. The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Pavlac Glyer.

  3. Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Michael Ward.

  4. C. S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper.

  5. The Novels of Charles Williams by Thomas Howard.

  6. C.S. Lewis on the Final Frontier by Sanford Schwartz.

  7. Charles Williams: Poet of Theology by Glen Cavaliero.

  8. Charles Williams: An Exploration of His Life and Work by Alice Mary Hadfield.

  9. Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration by Gavin Ashenden.

    . and, I'm hoping,

  10. the yet unpublished Charles Williams: The Last Magician now being written by Grevel Lindop.

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