I’ve known for some time about The Journal of Inklings Studies. It is a creative literary peer-reviewed academic journal with biannual thematic collections of research and writing about the Inklings–that eclectic collection of thinkers and writers gathered around C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and, by honourary association, Dorothy L. Sayers, author of the popular Lord Peter Whimsey series.
The Journal is the combined effort of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, the Charles Williams Society, and the Owen Barfield Literary Estate. They have an open call for paper, but what really intrigued me, as I dug into it, was their Web Resources section. It has links to special collections, Inklings libraries, literary resources, societies, journals, fan clubs, bibliographies, and profiles about C.S. Lewis, the Inklings, and a dozen or so of their friends.
Hidden within this page of helpful links are some treasures. By example, I wrote about C.S. Lewis’ and his romance with his wife Joy Davidman here. Before meeting Lewis, Davidman was a prominent writer in her own right.* Perhaps her best work is Smoke on the Mountain, a contemporary interpretation of the 10 Commandments. I was thrilled to discover a link to the full text of Davidman’s Smoke on the Mountain in the Web Resources section of The Journal of Inklings Studies.
The folks at The Journal have done a wonderful job at collecting links of real resources–only one of the links I found was outdated. Beyond the literary and historical treasures are resources for the people tangibly connected to the Inklings, about whom it is sometimes difficult to discover much. My only critique–really only a preconceived complaint–is that Audio and Video collections remain scant online, despite the Barfield Estate’s attempt to tender the digitization of available videos and audio tapes. My hope is that in the future we’ll have more pre-1960 recordings of the Inklings.
*Humorous note: if you click on the Amazon page for Smoke on the Water, you see “Joy Davidman” in tiny print on the cover, but in giant print is “C.S. Lewis”–who provided only the foreword.