Presenting the October 2020 issue

We are pleased to announce the publication of the October 2020 issue (10.2) of the Journal of Inklings Studies.

Article abstracts and the full text of all book reviews and the issue’s feature article (*) are available at the journal’s Edinburgh University Press web page, where subscribers can read or download the full contents of the issue.

Thank you to all our authors and contributors.

We hope that you enjoy our latest issue and welcome your comments (


‘Confessing our Secrets: Liturgical Theosis in the Thought of C.S. Lewis’ by Erik Eklund *open-access feature for issue 10.2

‘Flesh, World, Devil: The Nature of Evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’ by Austin Freeman

‘Meeting Face to Face: C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness’ by Derek King

‘When Did the Inklings Meet? A Chronological Survey of their Gatherings: 1933–1954’ by Don W. King

Reviews (open access)

Markus Bockmuehl, Stephen Platten, Nevsky Everett (eds), Austin Farrer: Oxford Warden, Scholar, Preacher. Review by Euan Grant.

John M. Bowers, Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer. Review by Kathy Cawsey.

J. Brennan Croft and Annika Röttinger (eds), ‘Something Has Gone Crack’: New Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien in the Great War. Review by Stuart Lee.

Julian Eilmann and Friedhelm Schneidewind (eds), Music in Tolkien’s Work and Beyond. Review by Vincent E. Rone.

Michael John Halsall, Creation and Beauty in Tolkien’s Catholic Vision: A Study in the Influence of Neoplatonism in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Philosophy of Life as ‘Being and Gift’. Review by James Bryson.

Sørina Higgins (ed.), The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain. Review by Christopher A. Snyder.

Jay Johnstone, with commentary from Thomas Honegger, Tolkienography: Isildur’s Bane and Iconic Interpretations. Review by Lance A. Green.

Sam McBride, Tolkien’s Cosmology: Divine Beings and Middle-earth. Review by Austin M. Freeman.

Michael L. Peterson, C.S. Lewis and the Christian Worldview: A Philosophical, Theological, and Apologetic Exploration. Review by Stewart Goetz.

We are pleased to announce that Volume 10, Issue 1 of the Journal of Inklings Studies is now available online at the EUP website.

This April issue features the following articles:

‘The Unpublished Letters of C.S. Lewis to C.T. Onions’ by Jim Stockton and Charlie W. Starr.

‘The Romantic Modernism of Owen Barfield’s History in English Words’, by Jeffrey Hipolito.

‘Chesterton, Apologetics, and the Art of Positioning’ by David Pickering.

‘A Polanyian Rescue of The Abolition of Man’ by Jon Fennell.

‘In Memoriam Christopher John Reuel Tolkien (1924-2020)’, by our Tolkien editor, Giuseppe Pezzini. Please note that this article is an open access feature for this issue of the journal!

This issue also contains reviews of the following books:

Roberto Arduini, Giampaolo Canzonieri, and Claudio A. Testi (eds), “Tolkien and the Classics.” Review by E.L. Risden.

Janice Brown, “The Lion in the Waste Land: Fearsome Redemption in the Work of C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, and T.S. Eliot.” Review by Gary L. Tandy.

Oronzo Cilli, “Tolkien’s Library: An Annotated Checklist.” Review by Bradford Lee Eden.

Stephanie L. Derrick, “The Fame of C.S. Lewis: A Controversialist’s Reception in Britain and America.” Reviews by Grayson Carter and Arend Smilde.

Julian Eilmann, “J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet.” Review by Nick Katsiadas.

Alan Jacobs, “The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis.” Review by Laura Smit.

Claudio A. Testi, “Pagan Saints in Middle-earth.” Review by Raymond Hain.

Mark Vernon, “A Secret History of Christianity: Jesus, the Last Inkling, and the Evolution of Consciousness.” Review by Jacob Sherman.

Thanks to all of our authors and contributors!

Edinburgh University Press acquires the Journal of Inklings Studies

We are delighted to announce that from 2018, the Journal of Inklings Studies will join Edinburgh University Press’s well-established literature list, which has particular strengths in the area of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary figures and movements.

All subscriptions will be transferred to Edinburgh University Press. Individual subscriptions will continue to comprise print and online access, and remain consistent with current prices. Full information how to order will be available here and on EUP’s Journal pages from August 2017.

Institutional subscriptions will include full print and online service. For institutional pricing and ordering information, go to the EUP institutional subscription page.

Subscriptions, submissions and enquiries will continue to be handled from this website until further notice. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

See the announcement on the Edinburgh University Press website.

Presenting the April 2017 issue

The new issue of the Journal of Inklings Studies is out!

See abstracts and (if you’re a subscriber) download full texts here.

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Brian M. Williams, ‘C. S. Lewis & John Hick on Theodicy: Superficially Similar but Significantly Different’, pp. 3-27

Duane Litz Jr, ‘Recovering Mrs Fidget: An Analysis of the Rise, Fall, and Restoration of Storge as Envisioned in The Four Loves and Lewis’ Fiction, pp. 29-102

Don King, ‘Warren Lewis, Mrs Janie King Moore, and The Kilns’, pp. 103-118

Jon Fennell, ‘Objective Value: A Note on Values vs Valuing in The Abolition of Man‘, pp. 119-123

Book Reviews:
Justin Dyer and Micah J. Watson, C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law. Reviewed by Basil J. McLaren, pp. 125-128

Wesley A. Kort, Reading C. S. Lewis: A Commentary. Reviewed by Peter Benbow, pp. 129-132

Raymond Edwards, Tolkien. Reviewed by Nelson Goering, pp. 133-137

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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