This truly is great news! I heard last week that The Inklings and King Arthur has won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies. I’m not quite as astonished as Sørina is since I have a pretty strong understanding of her capability as editor. Still, this is pretty cool. Although I have a chapter in the volume, I hope people do not find me immodest when I say that The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, & Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain is an important book. It deserves to be in the company it is in. What is perhaps surprising is the strength of that fellowship of books. Though I don’t know Lisa Coutras’ work, Verlyn Flieger, Jane Chance, and Christopher Tolkien are essential scholars, critics, and editors. This year’s bookshelf of Mythopoeic Award nominees is a treasure.
So, congratulations to Sørina and to all involved in the project. Follow the reblog link below for more details. Make sure you check out the great guest blog series that accompanied the release of the book this spring by clicking on The Inklings and Arthur Series Index. And don’t forget to buy and review the book. The paper copy is about $40 and the Kindle less than $10.
I am utterly astonished and delighted to announce that The Inklings and King Arthur has won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies! This is a prestigious award that “is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship.” Congratulations to all of my chapter-writers for their amazing work. I am happy to see how this book seems to be opening paths in Inklings scholarship, and I hope that continues.
I would like to acknowledge the other nominees for this year. They were:
- Chance, Jane, Tolkien, Self and other: This Queer Creature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
- Coutras, Lisa, Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
- Flieger, Verlyn, There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien (Kent State University Press, 2017)
- Tolkien, Christopher, ed., Beren and Luthien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017)
And previous winners are a…
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