The Company They Keep

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The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
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Cover of the first edition
Author Diana Pavlac Glyer
Language English
Subject J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Inklings
Genre Non-fiction; Literary history
Publisher Kent State University Press
Publication date
March 1, 2007
Pages 293 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-87338-890-0
OCLC 70265586
823/.912 B 22
LC Class PR6023.E926 Z6642 2007

The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (2007) is a non-fiction book written by Diana Pavlac Glyer, an Inklings scholar and English professor at Azusa Pacific University. The Company They Keep challenges the commonly held belief that the Inklings did not influence each other through a detailed and engaging examination of both published and unpublished works, papers, and letters written by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, Warren Lewis and the lesser-known writers who comprised the Inklings.[1]

Dr. Glyer provides the historical context for C.S. Lewis' famous statement that one doesn't influence Tolkien, one "might as well try to influence a bandersnatch!" and examines the ways the Inklings both inspired and provoked each other into writing better, more distinctly individual works than they would have without the group.

Awards[edit]

The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community is the winner of the 2008 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies;[2] and the NETS 2006/2007 Imperishable Flame Award.[3] it was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Related Book at Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Denver, Colorado.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About The Inklings". Inklings Bibliography. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Mythopoeic Awards - 2008". Mythopoeic Awards - 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  3. ^ Heren Istarion, New England Tolkien Society