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The friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis lasted over 40 years and was for each the most important creative collaboration in their lives. This work explores the origins of the mythological worlds which both writers placed at the centre of their fiction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750935418
ISBN-10: 0750935413
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Tolkien and Lewis created the imaginary worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia respectively, and in real life they shared a friendship every bit as visionary. Duriez's dual biography shows how the two sparked ideas off each other, broadened the landscapes of fantasy that might otherwise have been more conservative, and shared amazing parallels in upbringing that could have made them brothers. There were also differences that were just as important in shaping them. As Duriez says, they were both deeply religious but held opposite views, Tolkien being a Roman Catholic while Lewis adopted an almost puritanical stance. This led to friction and though their friendship endured until Lewis's death, they did not always admire the writings of each other. For instance, Lewis found the Hobbit speech and elf world of Tolkien sometimes trying. A fascinating insight into these pioneers of 20th-century fantasy fiction, and a study that shows neither man would have enjoyed such immense success without their core relationship. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Colin Duriez

Colin Duriez has also written Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings: A Guide to Middle-Earth (Azure, 2001), The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia. (described by Walter Hoopwe, literary advisor to the C.S. Lewis estate, as one of the most useful books I know, I look for excuses to read it!) (Azure 2002)_ and the Inklings Handbook (with David Porter).

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