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Recommend 100 percent,
This review is from: The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (Hardcover)
This is a marvelous book, compounded of love and deep scholarship.
As an account of Tolkien, Lewis, Williams and the other Inklings, it supersedes Humphrey Carpenters also-excellent volume as being more comprehensive, deeper, better argued and with a more coherent purpose.
Because this book works on two levels. Underlying the biography and historical literary scholarship there is a general thesis about the importance of groups in the processes of writing. I found this argument absolutely compelling. For example, it explains the pattern of Tolkien's publishing, and why he failed to finish the Silmarillion when he lost the collaborative fellowship of Lewis and the other Inklings. It also explains how CS Lewis's brother Warnie became a stylish and successful author in middle age, when under the stimulus of the Inklings.
Most academic scholarship is produced for career advancement; but not this book. This is the product of decades of devotion.
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