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644 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
C.S. Lewis is the twentieth century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the lnklings, which met weekly in Lewis's Oxford rooms and a nearby pub. They read aloud from works in progress, argued about anything that caught their fancy, and gave one another invaluable companionship, inspiration, and criticism. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the lnklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the Sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breathtaking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the lnklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years - and did so.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780374154097 20160618
Green Library
xvi, 156 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Tracing Tolkien's life from his boyhood in South Africa to his formative school years in England, his college years at Oxford and his career as an influential scholar and revolutionary writer, this biography also discusses in detail his immensely popular books, from their inception as ideas through their publication and remarkable legacy. Tolkien's outer life was relatively calm, yet his scholarship and stories are remembered as one of the 20th century's most astonishing achievements. First as a student at Oxford University, then as a professor, Tolkien was fascinated by languages and philology and used the worlds he studies to shape the one he was creating. After years of nominal success, "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy erupted into popularity, bringing fantasy to the forefront of popular culture. This biography should appeal to students who are fans of Tolkien's books, as well as those who are new to the world of Middle Earth. Included are an extensive bibliography of poems, fiction and scholarly work written by Tolkien and a further reading section listing important biographies, letter collections and critical studies of Tolkien's works. A timeline provides the reader with a comprehensive list of the events of his life and career.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313323409 20160528
Green Library


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