The Journal of Inklings Studies (Print)
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An informal gathering of like-minded writers, academics, and literati, the Inklings were essentially a discussion group, and a critical base for sharing developing work. Most members of the circle were associated with the University of Oxford. They usually met twice a week during the Oxford term: on Tuesday mornings at a pub (most often the Eagle and Child on St Giles), and on Thursday evenings in C.S. Lewis’ rooms at Magdalen College.
Neither club nor society, the Inklings had no rules, officers, or formal meetings. The members were all men, and common focuses were literature and Christian doctrine and ethics (though not all the members were specifically Christian or even generally religious). The informal aims of the group were wide-ranging discussion and the reading of works-in-progress. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet, and Charles Williams’ All Hallows’ Eve are only a few examples of work that developed in its midst.
The Inklings met from 1939 to 1962. Many writers passed through; however, the core consisted of C. S. Lewis and his brother Warren (or ‘Warnie’), J.R.R. Tolkien (later joined by his son Christopher), Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Nevill Coghill, Hugo Dyson, Roger Lancelyn Green, Adam Fox, R.A. Havard, J.A.W. Bennett, and Lord David Cecil.
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