The Inklings:

C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends

  • Read by: Bernard Mayes
  • Runtime: 12.7 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 7.20.2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
  • 12.67 hrs7/20/2012Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-6953-5

During the 1930s at Oxford, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams—remarkable friends, writers, and scholars—met regularly to discuss philosophy and literature and to read aloud from their own works in progress. Calling themselves the Inklings, their circle grew. It was in this company that such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first found an audience.

Author Humphrey Carpenter was born in Oxford and was acquainted with Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and several other Inklings. In this remarkable reconstruction of their meetings and momentous friendships, Carpenter brings to life those warm and enchanting evenings in Lewis’ rooms at Magdalen College, when their imaginations ran wild. His account offers exciting insights into the influence these brilliant individuals had on each other’s developing ideas and writing. 

Editorial Reviews

“A constantly enjoyable volume.”

John Carey, Sunday Times (London)

“A triumph of skill and tact! not one dull or slack sentence.”

Kingsley Amis, New Statesman

“It must be technically very difficult to write a biography of more than one person at a time: it is still more difficult to capture the atmosphere of a group! Mr Carpenter has managed both things admirably.”

Mary Warnock, Sunday Telegraph (London)

Author Biography

Humphrey Carpenter (1946–2005) was a prolific biographer and a highly entertaining broadcaster for BBC Radio. He authored many notable biographies, including The Brideshead Generation and J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography.

Reader Biography

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.

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