Inklings and Arthur Series Introduction by David Llewellyn Dodds

Brenton Dickieson is running a series of blog posts, edited by David Llwellyn Dodds, over on Pilgrim in Narnia. Please have a look!

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It was as an ‘Arthurian’ that I first consciously encountered Charles Williams, with that adjective applying to both him and me. (I, ever since I was given Emma Gelders Sterne and Barbara Lindsay’s retelling, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table,  as a little fellow, however hair-raising were Gustaf Tenggren’s depictions of Lancelot’s sword splitting Meliagrance’s helmeted head in half and the giant Taulurd’s severed arm in mid-air as Sir Tor hewed it off.)  It was only later that I realized I had already happily encountered him, enriching Dorothy Sayers’ notes in her translation of Dante’s Comedy.

However, it was not until I thought to ‘work on him’ seriously that I came to learn how many of Williams’ Arthurian writings were still unpublished. In this adventure of reading I ended up as a textual editor. But I have also been in awe of that other kind…

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About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a writer, English teacher, and Inklings scholar. Sørina serves as Chair of the Department of Language and Literature at Signum University and teaches English at King's College and Lehigh Carbon Community College. She has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" and "Caduceus."
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5 Responses to Inklings and Arthur Series Introduction by David Llewellyn Dodds

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    We’re off to an excellent start, with an post by Suzanne Bray complementary to her essay in the book – do have a look!

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  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    And do cast your eye over and consider adding your voice to the second post Stephen Winter on That Hideous Strength and “our haunting” and the comments so far…

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  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Dr. Gabriel Schenk, who, in a footnote, enriches Sørina’s fine discussion of Owen Barfield’s Arthurian works, has now treated us to a fascinating survey of, and reflection upon, Lewis’s (and Dorothy L. Sayers’) thoughts on King Arthur: come and see!

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  4. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    This week, you may be as delightfully surprised as I was to see how Lewis not only thought deeply about Arthur himself, but encouraged a prize-winning young poet-friend to write an epic about him, when Professor Dale Nelson introduces us to Martyn Skinner’s The Return of Arthur: A Poem of the Future!

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  5. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Another week has flown by and the attention has (mostly) shifted from Lewis to Tolkien in a wonderfully rich and varied look by Professor Ethan Campbell at “Wood-Woses: Tolkien’s Wild Men and the Green Knight”. Enjoy (and pick any of dozens of things to comment on)!

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