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The Company They Keep is the first and most complete examination of the Inklings and their close literary collaboration. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien met each week with a community of fellow writers at Oxford in the 1930s and 1940s, all sharing their works-in-progress. Diana Pavlac Glyer invites readers into the heart of the group, examining diary entries and personal letters and carefully comparing the rough drafts of their manuscripts with their final, published work. She discoveries not only demonstrates a high level of mutual influence, but it also provides a lively and compelling picture of how writers and other creative artists challenge, correct, and encourage one another when they work together in community.

The book is published by The Kent State University Press.

Winner of the Imperishable Flame Award for Tolkien Studies and the Mythopoetic Society Scholarship Award

"I found myself captured by Glyer's engaging writing style, the breadth of her research, and the cogency of her argument. It's good, very good indeed." (Verlyn Flieger, author of Splintered Light, A Question of Time, and Interrupted Music)

"An astonishingly thorough work, lucidly and boldly illuminating the collaborative writing processes of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and their colleagues during the most fruitful period of their careers." (Bruce L Edwards, author of Not-a-Tame Lion, Further Up and Further In, and A Rhetoric of Reading)

©2007 The Kent State University Press (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

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  • Jacques
  • 06-09-2017

To have such Friends!

I must admit I've never read or seen more than 10 minutes film of any author in this book. Just not much into pointy eared things running around forests.
What did endear me to this book was the respect and reverence of many of the authors and what was behind their success.
Diana Pavlac Glyer must be exhausted to have gone thru the many thousands of hours research to write such a cogent story about friendship.
What further moved my senses was the silken voice of narrator Bev Kassis that just pulls you into the story. It makes you feel like you are in England sitting next to the fire in a red leather chair having a good hand rolled cigar while one after another stands to read parts of their stories as the ice melts in your glass. It makes you not want to leave your chair to go to the bathroom when they painfully tell each other truthfully how bad the writing was.
This is the sign of true friendship that endures forever... the good and the bad and all the ugliness!
A must read for anyone that has an "inkling" of wanting to write. Defiantly in my top 10 and I will probably listen to this book at least a couple more times this year. I think I might have to get a hard copy also...

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  • 03-02-2019


Surprised that it kept me engaged. Convincing evidence but more so the dynamics of the group

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