C.S. Lewis and The Inklings

The Inklings - C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams

The Inklings - C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams


C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams were the core of the legendary literary group The Inklings at Oxford University. They were united by a love of myth and the belief that it is through the imagination that reality is illuminated. In this two-part series producer Frank Faulk first explores the early life of C.S. Lewis, and the experiences that would shape him on his journey to becoming one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers and writers on Christianity. Part 2 airs Thursday, October 17.

Participants in Part 1

Malcolm Guite: The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite is a chaplain at Cambridge University, where he also teaches and lectures literature and theology. He is a published author and poet, and has also put together a wonderful series of talks on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, which can be heard at his website.

Monika Hilder is the Co-Director of The Inklings Institute of Canada. Hilder is also the author of a three-volume study of Lewis and gender. The third and most recent volume is titled Surprised by the Feminine: A Re-Reading of C.S. Lewis and Gender

Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College London. He is also the author of the recently published C.S. Lewis A Life: Eccentric Genius and Reluctant Prophet.

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The Owen Barfield Literary Estate

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