A Selective Bibliography

of Works about

The Inklings (ca.1934-ca.1949)


Inklings: General Studies

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

   Their Friends. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

Colin Duriez & David Porter. The Inklings Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the 

   Lives, Thought and Writings of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen  

   Barfield and Their Friends. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2001.

Colin Duriez. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship. Paulist Press, 2003.

Candice Frederick & Sam McBride. Women Among the Inklings. Greenwood, 2001.

William Irwin. “There and Back Again: The Romances of Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien”

   in Sewanee Review 69 (Autumn 1961) 566-578.

Gareth Knight. The Magical World of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles 

   Williams, Owen Barfield. Longmead, UK: Element Books, 1990.

   [emphasizes “occult” elements & Barfield’s influence through anthroposophy]

Charles Moorman. Arthurian Triptych: Mythic Materials in Charles Williams, C. S.

   Lewis, and T. S. Eliot. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1960.

Charles Moorman. The Precincts of Felicity: The Augustinian City of the Oxford 

   Christians. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, 1966.

   [covers Williams most, then Lewis & Tolkien, then T.S. Eliot & Dorothy Sayers]

Diana Lynne Pavlac. The Company They Keep: Assessing the Mutual Influence of C. S. 

   Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Dissertation (Ph.D.).—University of  

   Illinois at Chicago, 1993.

R. J. Reilly. Romantic Religion: A Study of Barfield, Lewis, Williams and Tolkien.   

   Athens: University of Georgia, 1971.

Roger Sale. “England’s Parnassus: C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J. R. R. Tolkien”

   in Hudson Review 17 (Summer 1964) 203-225.

Richard Sturch. Four Christian Fantasists: A Study of the Fantastic Worlds of George

   MacDonald, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Zurich, SZ: Walking

   Tree, 2001.

Marjorie Wright. The Cosmic Kingdom of Myth: A Study of the Myth-philosophy of

   Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Dissertation (Ph.D.).—University  

   of Illinois, 1960.


Inklings: Collections of Essays

John Warwick Montgomery (ed.) Myth, Allegory, and Gospel: An Interpretation of J. R.

   R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and Charles Williams. Minneapolis: Bethany

   Fellowship, 1974.

Raymond Carver Sutherland (ed.) The Inklings. Atlanta: Georgia State University, 1981.

   (Studies in the Literary Imagination ; 14.2)

Mark Hillegas (ed.) Shadows of the Imagination: The Fantasies of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R.

   Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Carbondale: Southern Ilinois University Press, 1969.

Rick Hill (ed.) Inklings Forever: A Collection of Essays Presented at the … Frances

   White Ewbanks Colloquium on C. S. Lewis and Friends. Upand, IN: Taylor University,

   1997-1999 (2 vols.)

Gunnar Urang (ed.) The Shadows of Heaven: Religion and Fantasy in the Writing of   

   Clive Staples Lewis, Charles Williams, and John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Philadelphia:

   United Church Press, 1971.


Inklings: Featured in other Studies

Edmund Fuller. Books with Men Behind Them. New York: Random House, 1962.

Rolland Hein. Christian Mythmakers. Chicago: Cornerstone, 1998.

Sebastian D. G. Knowles. A Purgatorial Flame: Seven British Writers in the Second

   World War. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

C. N. Manlove. Christian Fantasy, from 1200 to the Present. University of North Dakota

   Press, 1992.

C. N. Manlove. Modern Fantasy: Five Studies. Cambridge University Press, 1975.

James Patrick. The Magdalen Metaphysicals: Idealism and Orthodoxy at Oxford, 1901-

   1945. Mercer University Press, 1985.


Inklings: Periodicals

Inklings Jahrbuch fur Literatur und Aesthetik (1983-     )

Mythlore (Mythopoetic Society, 1969-       )

VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review (Wade Center, Wheaton College, 1979-      )

   [Covers George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles  

    Williams, Dorothy Sayers, Owen Barfield]


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