Announcing the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Inklings Studies

L. & D. Dillon's cover for Till We Have Faces (1966)
L. & D. Dillon’s cover for Till We Have Faces (1966)

The new issue will be out in a week! With articles on C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces by Barfield scholar Jamie Hutchinson and Oxford classicist Mark Edwards, the first full account of Edward Tangye Lean’s original Inklings student group, and a groundbreaking, complete chart of Dorothy L. Sayers’ use of the four gospels in The Man Born to be King, this will be an indispensable resource for scholars of C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, and the Inklings.

Now available for pre-order in our online shop.

Table of Contents:

Kathryn Wehr, Dorothy L. Sayers’ Use of the Four Gospels in The Man Born to be King   3

Peter Gilliver, The First Inkling: Edward Tangye Lean   63

Jamie Hutchinson, Imagine That: A Barfieldian Reading of C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces   79

Mark Edwards, Till We Have Faces as Myth and Allegory   113

Book Reviews
Marsha Daigle-Williamson, Reflecting the Eternal: Dante’s Divine Comedy in the Novels of C.S. Lewis. Reviewed by John Took   139

Gregory Bassham (ed.), C. S. Lewis’s Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con. Reviewed by Norbert Feinendegen   142

Devin Brown, A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis. Reviewed by Jeff Tirrell   147

Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings. Reviewed by Simon Blaxland-de Lange   150

Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie A. Donovan (eds), Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien. Reviewed by Brooke Boriack 154

Book Symposium: Grevel Lindop’s Biography of Charles Williams


The new issue of the Journal of Inklings Studies (Vol. 6, no. 1), out next week, convenes a book symposium on Grevel Lindop’s long-awaited biography of Charles Williams, Charles Williams: The Third Inkling (OUP 2015).

The contributors are:

Stephen Barber (on Williams as a father)
Paul Blair
Glen Cavaliero (on Michal Williams)
Bruce Charlton
Sorina Higgins
Brian Horne
Holly Ordway
Rowan Williams

For a list of feature articles in the new issue, click here.

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April 2016 issue


We are excited to announce the upcoming issue of the Journal of Inklings Studies, to be published in late April.

Contents highlights:

  • ‘Prince Wild-Fire’, a story by G.K. Chesterton, here published for the first time in a beautiful reproduction with the author’s illustrations
  • ‘C.S. Lewis in Wartime Oxford’ by Tony Cockshut, an erstwhile student of C.S. Lewis
  • ‘The Screwtape Letters as Epistolary Fiction’ by Charles Huttar
  • Book symposium on Grevel Lindop’s biography Charles Williams: The Third Inkling

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Special Offer: C.S. Lewis and His Circle

C.S. Lewis and His Circle

We’re excited to offer new and existing subscribers to the Journal of Inklings Studies a special 30% discount on C.S. Lewis and His Circle (Oxford University Press, 2015).

C.S. Lewis and His Circle is a unique collection of first-hand essays and memoirs on C.S. Lewis and those in his literary circle, selected from the archive of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. Authors include former Inklings, close friends, and important thinkers.

More information on the book can be found on its OUP webpage.

To claim your 30% discount, simply subscribe to the journal, and you will receive a discount code by e-mail. If you are a current subscriber, contact us for your code.


Terms & Conditions:
Up to three discounted copies per subscriber; offer ends 10 November 2015.


Unpublished C.S. Lewis Letter

CSL to OB snippet

The new issue of the Journal of inklings Studies, due out next week, includes an unpublished letter from C.S. Lewis to Owen Barfield (1949), recently discovered at the Bodleian Archives in Oxford by Tiffany Martin, concerning his brother’s alcoholism and a proposed change to the ending of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The letter is accompanied by a long introduction by Walter Hooper, giving the fullest account to date of Warnie’s long struggle with alcoholism.

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Upcoming issue

The next issue will be published in late April 2015.

Contents will include:

  • C.S. Lewis, Letter to Owen Barfield (1949). With an introduction by Walter Hooper.
  • Aren Roukema, A Veil that Reveals: Charles Williams and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross
  • Lynn Forest-Hill, ‘Tree and flower and leaf and grass’: anachronism and J.R.R. Tolkien’s botanical semiotics
  • Benson Fraser and Terry Lindvall, Embalmed Images: C.S. Lewis and Cinema
  • Philip Mitchell, ‘So Numerous, So Cheap, and So Changing’: G. K. Chesterton and the Speed of Modernity

Full Contents and Abstracts

Free book reviews

Baroque Bookshelve detail

All book reviews published in the Journal of Inklings Studies are now available on open access, i.e. for free, on the new journal website.

Browse the full (alphabetical) archive of reviews and read here:

Reviews are listed in alphabetical order (by book author’s last name). New reviews are whenever new issues of the journal are published.