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Inklings : C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien, Charles Williams and Their Friends based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In some ways, this feels like a pendant to Carpenter's then recently published (1977) J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. Whenever a biographer casts his net to catch the big tuna, he inevitably hauls in some smaller fish as well. What to do? Throw them back? Certainly not, when there is an audience out there eager to get better acquainted with the more exotic crustaceans. So this book puts the focus on the other figures in the "charmed ring" named the Inklings -- primarily C.S. Lewis and, to a lesser extent, Charles Williams. But the others are not neglected -- Havard, Dyson, Barfield, and Lewis' brother, Warnie, who, among all the more celebrated names in this proto-book club, perhaps wrote the single most entertaining book of the bunch: The Splendid Century: Life in the France of Louis XIV . Carpenter, as usual, is the model biographer and his central chapter, in which he reconstructs a ¿typical¿ session of the discussion group from memoirs, correspondence and other writings, is just choice.