Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Getting things straight …

… Tolkien's The Notion Club Papers: Review of Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Glyer. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Glyer's important achievement was to undo the major error of Carpenter's mostly excellent biography, which was Carpenter's insistence that the Inklings was just a group of Jack Lewis's friends and having no other or wider significance: Carpenter was insistent to the point of perversity on this point, even devoting a whole chapter ('A fox that isn't there') to hammering it home. But in this important respect Carpenter was about as wrong as it is possible to be! - as Glyer has proven.

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