Magazine November 30, 2020, Issue

Friends and Letters

The Eagle and Child, a frequent meeting place of the Inklings (Tom Murphy/Wikimedia Commons)
Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C. S. Lewis, by Gina Dalfonzo (Baker Books, 208 pp., $16.99)

Much has been written about the Inklings, perhaps the world’s most famous group of friends, who formed a discussion group at the University of Oxford in the 1930s and ’40s to share their love of literature and help one another in their fiction writing. Nearly 100 years later, scholarly interest in the group remains significant, owing in large part to its two most famous members, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

The latter is renowned for his Lord of the Rings trilogy, its prequel The Hobbit, and various other stories centered around Middle Earth, the symbolism-imbued fantasy world Tolkien

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