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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 writer
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Paperback, 566 pages
Published December 22nd 2017 by Apocryphile Press
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Sørina
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: inklings, arthuriana
In lieu of a review, here are the Table of Contents and also the endorsements this book received:

Table of Contents

Introduction—Present and Past: The Inklings and King Arthur.
—Sørina Higgins

Texts and Intertexts
1. The Matter of Logres: Arthuriana and the Inklings.
—Sørina Higgins
2. Medieval Arthurian Sources for the Inklings: An Overview.
—Holly Ordway
3. Mixed Metaphors and Hyperlinked Worlds:
A Study of Intertextuality in C. S. Lewis’ Ransom Cycle.
—Brenton D. G. Dickieson
4. Houses of Healing: The I
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Dr. Andrew Higgins
This is one of the most important volumes i have read to date that use several different contextual frameworks to explore how the Inklings (Tolkien, Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield) each dipped their creative ladles into that vast and intertextual soup of Arthurian literature and tradition to shape stories that each reflected their own thoughts and creative aspects. The brilliant author of this volume Sorina Higgins (no relation) whose brilliant academic work and passion has made me co ...more
Tom
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This review first appeared in Sehnsucht vol. 12 (2018) 154-56

With the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur, writes Sørina Higgins in her introduction to this volume, three truths became evident: that The Fall of Arthur is an important text worthy of study per se and for what it can add to our understanding of Tolkien and his legendarium; that in this work Tolkien draws on the significant cultural figure of Arthur whom many other British writers of his era found socially, morally,

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James Prothero
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible collection of Inkling resources! A win for Sorina Higgins.
Jeremy
This book won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies in 2017.

Roundtable discussion here. Interview with editor here. Comments from Philip Jenkins here. This Kirk Center review appeared on the Prufrock digest in Dec. 2018.

Lots more media updates here.
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G.M. Burrow
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inklings
Here’s the thing. I haven’t read much about King Arthur (just a few Rosemary Sutcliff children’s books here and there) but that’s not why 60% of this book didn’t make sense and was no fun. It didn’t make sense and was no fun because a good chunk of the essays (starting with Sørina Higgins’s intro) were dense as a foghorn and clear as mud. Have you read That Hideous Strength? Remember John Wither, deputy head of the N.I.C.E., who talks and talks and talks without saying anything? That’s what thes ...more
Ashley
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This hefty tome was a challenging but very rewarding read. I have to be honest: I did not read every single essay. I read about 6 of them plus the introduction.

It’s been a long time since I was immersed in the world of academic writing, but it was definitely worth the stretch. The essays deepened my understanding of Arthurian literature throughout history, the Inklings in context to their own historical moment, and the brilliance of Lewis’ fiction. (I’m sure Barfield, Tolkien, and Charles Willi
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Sørina Higgins a Ph.D. candidate, Teacher of Record, and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University, as well as a faculty member at Signum University. Her interests include British Modernism, the works of the Inklings, Arthuriana, and magic. Sørina earned her M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, where she wrote about Sehnsucht in the works of C. S. Lewis.

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