“Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings”

Diana Pavlac Glyer

There are two groups of writers I always enjoy reading about: the Beats and the Inklings. This book is about the Inklings’ writing processes, especially on the ways they influenced each other. It is interesting, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoyed “The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings” which covers the same ground (and more) in much more detail. In particular, Pavlac Glyer’s attempt to boil down the Inklings’ methods into simple rules of thumb for successful writing is simplistic and not very useful.

(“Bandersnatch” is apparently a popularization of another, more academic, book by the same author: “The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community“. I suspect I’d find the weightier tome more satisfying.)