The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain edited by Sørina Higgins–News & Notices.
In the midst of war-torn Britain, King Arthur returned in the writings of the Oxford Inklings. Learn how Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, and Barfield brought hope to their times and our own in their Arthurian literature.
Although studies of the “Oxford Inklings” abound, astonishingly enough, none has yet examined their great body of Arthurian work. Yet each of these major writers tackled serious and relevant questions about government, gender, violence, imperialism, secularism, and spirituality through their stories of the Quest for the Holy Grail. This rigorous and sophisticated volume studies does so for the first time.
Where to acquire the book:
The Inklings and King Arthur: J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online venues. You can also order it from your local bookstore using ISBN 978-1944769895. If you have a major journal or high-volume website for which you would be willing to review the book, contact me for a complimentary review copy.
I am honored and delighted to announce that The Inklings and King Arthur has been shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies! This prize is given to books on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and/or Charles Williams that makes significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. I am pleased that all the hard, forward-thinking work of my chapter-writers in this book has been acknowledged and appreciated.
Here are places where you can learn more about this book.
Interviews and Conversations:
- Upcoming: Interview with Ken Myers of the Mars Hill Audio Journal. Details TBA.
- Interview with William O’Flaherty on All About Jack, a feature of Essential C. S. Lewis.com.
- Signum Symposium: The Inklings & King Arthur Roundtable with host Corey Olsen and guests Sørina Higgins, Brenton Dickieson, and Malcolm Guite.
- “a personal enthusiasm” by Philip Jenkins, a Baylor colleague, at Patheos
- A notice appeared in Christians in Library and Information Services No. 78, Spring 2018.
- There is a review by John D. Rateliff in Tolkien Studies volume 15.
- Amazon review by S. P. Cooper, aka Akademician.
- Goodreads review by Andrew Higgins (no relation).
- some great photos of the book at the Marion E. Wade Center by Brenton Dickieson
- Text and Intertext by Richard Abbott.
- Series of guest posts curated by David Llewellyn Dodds on A Pilgrim in Narnia, website of Brenton D. G. Dickieson.
- The Launch of The Inklings and King Arthur by Stephen Winter on Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings.
- Notice at Malvern College, where contributor Bradley Wells is Head of English.
- #InklingsAndArthur has a Pinterest board
- and an Insta account. Check them out and send me your images to add!