Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship

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This book explores their lives, unfolding the extraordinary story of their complex friendship that lasted, with its ups and downs, until Lewis's death in 1963. Despite their differences - of temperament, spiritual emphasis, and storytelling style - what united them was much stronger: A shared vision that continues to inspire their millions of readers throughout the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587680267
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 302,534
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Formative Years (1892-1925) 1
2 Meeting of Minds and Imaginations: "Tolkien and I were talking of dragons ..." (1926-1929) 24
3 A Story-Shaped World: "Mythopoeia" (1929-1931) 45
4 The Thirties: The Context of Imaginative Orthodoxy 60
5 The Inklings Begin: Friendship Shared? (1933-1939) 77
6 Two Journeys There and Back Again: The Pilgrim's Regress and The Hobbit (1930-1937) 88
7 Space, Time, and the "New Hobbit" (1936-1939) 99
8 World War II and After: Charles Williams Comes to Oxford (1939-1949) 112
9 A Professor's Wardrobe and Magic Rings (1949-1954) 130
10 Surprised by Cambridge and Disappointed by Joy (1954-1963) 146
11 A Farewell to Shadowlands (1963-1973) 166
12 The Gift of Friendship: "Who could have deserved it?" 174
App. A A Brief Chronology of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis 189
App. B The Enduring Popularity of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis 198
Notes 205
The Writings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien 221
Bibliography 227
Acknowledgments 233
Index 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2015

    A certian friendship.....

    Longing for the why answers? Here's some good ones. Thoughtfully and wonderfully written. At times it seems you can almost hear the fire crackle and see the pipe smoke wreath around the heads of men who, did not know how much the would come to mean to us....on BOTH sides of the "pond"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014


    Very few insights in this dull and repetitious book. There are much better books on Tolkien and Lewis available; this one is amateurish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    An absolutely wonderful book. An insightful chronicle of the fr

    An absolutely wonderful book. An insightful chronicle of the friendship between two brilliant Christian men who both changed how stories were written and how faith can be expressed. The sci-fi/fantasy section of your local bookstore did not exist before Tolkien and Lewis published their works. Colin Duriez really makes this a cozy read and it is a must for any fan of either J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis.

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