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The Inklings & Influencers

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  • Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.

Call Number in Main Stacks: PR6023.E926

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  • Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.  

Call Number in Main Stacks: PR6039.O32

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  • Sayers, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957.

Call number in Main Stacks:  PR6037.A95

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  • Williams, Charles, 1886-1945

Call Number in Main Stacks: PR6045.I5

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  • MacDonald, George, 1824-1905.

Call Number in Main Stacks: PR4965.A1, PR4969

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  • Chesterton, G. K (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936

Call Number in Main Stacks: PR4453.C4

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VII provides the opportunity for discussion and balanced assessment of Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

The Journal of Inklings Studies is a leading academic journal on the Oxford literary circle known as the Inklings, and on their intellectual and literary debts and legacies. Established in 2005 (originally as the C.S. Lewis Chronicle), the journal has been publishing some of the best scholarship in the field, as well as original material by its subject authors.

The Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR) has the goal of providing high-quality research and scholarship based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) and on transformative and derivative texts based on his work to a wide and diverse audience. This journal will focus on multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to Tolkien studies, including gaming, media and literary adaptations, fan productions, and audience reception.

A journal focusing on the works and scholarship of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams as well as articles on other authors of mythic and mythopoeic literature.

Publishes the growing body of critical commentary and scholarship on both J. R. R. Tolkien’s voluminous fiction and his academic work in literary and linguistic fields. Various, select volumes available.

A scholarly journal devoted to the exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice. The journal presupposes no particular theological orientation

The Dorothy L. Sayers Society

Welcome to the official website for the Dorothy L Sayers Society. The Society's aim is to support and promote the appreciation of the many aspects of Sayers' work and interests.

The Tolkien Society

The Tolkien Society is an educational charity, literary society, and international fan club, devoted to promoting the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Registering in England (charity no. 273809), the Society was founded in 1969.

Mythopoeic Society

A non-profit organization devoted to the study of mythopoeic literature, particularly the works of members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the “Inklings.”

Charles Williams Society

Promotes the study and appreciation of the life and writings of Charles Walter Stansby Williams. He was a figure of enormous interest in his own right: a prolific author of plays, fantasy novels, poetry, theology, biography and criticism.

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  • Sayers, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957.
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.  
  • Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
  • Williams, Charles, 1886-1945

"A group of Oxford friends, centring on the literary scholar and critic C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), who met from the 1930s to the 1960s to talk and to read their compositions aloud to one another....Many of their meetings were held at the Eagle and Child inn in St Giles'. The group name puns rather obviously on 'ink'." in "Inklings." Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable, edited by Adrian Room, and Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, Cassell, 2nd edition, 2009. Credo Reference.

These Inklings used the "fantasy genre to alert readers to the evils in society and individuals and to offer not only hope in a world negatively impacted by modern technology but also enchantment so as to experience that “[a] tree grows fruit because it is a magic tree. Water runs downhill because it is bewitched. The sun shines because it is bewitched” (Chesterton 58). In short, their works are sources of inspiration to discover Joy and, through Joy, God." in C. S. Lewis and the Inklings : Reflections on Faith, Imagination, and Modern Technology, edited by Salwa Khoddam, et al., Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2015.