Fotografía de autor

Sobre El Autor

Philip Zaleski is senior editor of Parabola magazine. He teaches religion at Smith College Andre Dubus III teaches writing at Tufts University and Emerson College


Obras de Philip Zaleski

Obras relacionadas

A Christian woman's secret : a modern-day journey to God (2009) — Prólogo, algunas ediciones7 copias


Conocimiento común




MaresaK | otra reseña | Dec 6, 2022 |
I’ve always been a fan of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. When I was younger, I loved The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. While I knew little about the other members of the famed mid-twentieth century Oxford-based group, the Inklings, I loved the idea of their gatherings.

I’ve read enough biographies to know that no one is perfect. Even the very good-hearted and sincere make a lot of mistakes, and they often aren’t treated well. In the case of the Inklings, they didn’t have the easy, fun-filled lives I imagined drinking beer and tramping through beautiful English landscapes while discussing their ideas for fantasy. Okay, they did do those things, but it turns out it wasn’t easy and was often anything but fun-filled for each of them.

That the members were numerous and in flux and that they excluded women (even those they respected and liked) was surprising. While I enjoyed getting to know each of them, it was like getting to know anyone. I quickly discovered things that disappointed me.

While I liked the young Tolkien, the young C.S. Lewis made me nervous. They seemed to cross psychological paths in late life, with Tolkien becoming more ornery and Lewis more relaxed. Owen Barfield and Charles Williams were complete surprises to me. I found both more interesting individuals than either Tolkien or Lewis.

That Christianity and writing were the glue that tied them all together also surprised me somewhat. I had been under the impression that they were a group of co-workers who liked one another. Living as I do, in the 21st century, it surprised me that religion was so frowned upon in academic circles that far back. And this is why I read: to learn.

Philip and Carol Zaleski certainly did their research. The book itself was long. At times, the detail about all the members’ thoughts and writing was a bit too dense for me. I’m not a language nor literature scholar, and some of the philosophy and theology were over my head. Still, I enjoyed learning more about what went into creating some of my favorite novels. As a result of reading this book, I plan to explore the works of Barfield and Williams.
… (más)
Library_Lin | 9 reseñas más. | Mar 10, 2022 |
Very detailed accounts of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. Tolkien and Lewis are the only ones I was familiar with. I learned a lot about their childhood, family and lives. Religion played a huge part in their lives.
nx74defiant | 9 reseñas más. | Mar 27, 2021 |
A wonderful, thought provoking collection of essays and poetry! I got it in particular to read Christian Wiman's essay "Love Bade me Welcome," (which funny enough you can find online), but so many were delightful and challenging. I so wish I had more time to stew and chew and reflect on them more.
nrt43 | 3 reseñas más. | Dec 29, 2020 |



También Puede Gustarte

Autores relacionados

Paul J. Griffiths Contributor
Scott Cairns Contributor
Joseph Epstein Contributor
Natalie Goldberg Contributor, Introduction
Barry Lopez Contributor
Philip Levine Contributor
Rick Bass Contributor
Joseph Bottum Contributor
Christian Wiman Contributor
Richard Rodriguez Contributor
Kate Farrell Contributor
Stephen M. Barr Contributor
Pico Iyer Contributor
Billy Collins Introduction, Contributor
Philip Yancey Contributor, Introduction
C. K. Williams Contributor
Noelle Oxenhandler Contributor
Patricia Hampl Introduction
Edward Hirsch Contributor
Ptolemy Tompkins Contributor
Huston Smith Contributor
Thomas Moore Contributor
Rick Moody Contributor
Rodger Kamenetz Contributor
William Meredith Contributor
David Steindl-Rast Contributor
Madeleine L'Engle Contributor
Anne Lamott Contributor
Nancy Mairs Contributor
Cynthia Ozick Contributor
Marc Gellman Contributor
Dick Allen Contributor
Lawrence Shainberg Contributor
Joseph Bruchac Contributor
Phyllis Rose Contributor
Frederick Franck Contributor
Luci Shaw Contributor
Stephen V. Doughty Contributor
Andre Dubus Contributor
Leonie Caldecott Contributor
Francine Prose Contributor
Gretel Ehrlich Contributor
Reynolds Price Contributor
Marvin Barrett Contributor
Rick Fields Contributor
Jason Shinder Contributor
Wendell Berry Contributor
Kurt Shaw Contributor
Thomas Lynch Contributor
John Updike Contributor
Adam Minter Contributor
Mathew N. Schmalz Contributor
Nick Samaras Contributor
Oliver Sacks Contributor
Sally Thomas Contributor
J. Scott Turner Contributor
Robert Pinsky Contributor
Nancy Lord Contributor
Heather King Contributor
James Loney Contributor
Walter Isaacson Contributor
Ben Birnbaum Contributor
Hamza Yusuf Contributor
Jimmy Carter Introduction
John Coats Contributor
Charles Wright Contributor
David James Duncan Contributor
Paul Elie Contributor
Peter Everwine Contributor
Noah Feldman Contributor
Maxine Kumin Contributor
Ursula K. Le Guin Contributor
Harvey Cox Introduction
Kathleen Norris Introduction
Larry Woiwode Contributor
Robert Cording Contributor
Anita Sullivan Contributor
Alice Lok Cahana Contributor
Bruce Lawrie Contributor
Philip Schultz Contributor
Joel E. Cohen Contributor
Jesse Kellerman Contributor
Terry Teachout Contributor
Nancy Willard Contributor
Marilyn Nelson Contributor
Melissa Range Contributor
Robert D. Kaplan Contributor
Robert Miola Contributor
Richard Wilbur Contributor
Coleman Barks Contributor
Ruth R. Wisse Contributor
Michael Haederle Contributor
Edward Hoagland Contributor
Nancy Honicker Contributor
Stephen Prothero Introduction
Algis Valiunas Contributor
John Berger Contributor
B. K. Loren Contributor
George Steiner Contributor
Sam Jacobson Contributor
Robert Bly Contributor
Peter J. Boyer Contributor
Katharine Coles Contributor
Andrew Cooper Contributor
Eamon Grennan Contributor
A. G. Harmon Contributor
Tony Hiss Contributor
Joe Hoover Contributor
Mark Jarman Contributor
Betsy Sholl Contributor
Noa Jones Contributor
Jill Noel Kandel Contributor
Karen An-hwei Lee Contributor
Paul Myers Contributor
David Novak Contributor
Evan Osnos Contributor
Marilynne Robinson Contributor
Ron Rosenbaum Contributor
Sherod Santos Contributor
John Curless Narrator


También por
½ 3.7

Tablas y Gráficos