The Inklings

 

This was a group of Oxford literary friends, at the core of which were C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield, but which included at one time or another luminaries like Lord David Cecil, John Wain, Nevill Coghill and Christopher Tolkien. I’ve written and spoken on the group extensively. With the late David Porter I wrote The Inklings Handbook. Some of my books are on the individual members, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Also I’ve contributed key articles on the Inklings to The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (Ed. Michael Drout), and articles and chapters elsewhere. My group portrait, The Oxford Inklings, appeared in 2015, roughly 80 years after the Inklings began.