The Inklings and Arthur Book Wins the Mythopoeic Award!

Sorina Higgins Brenton Dickieson Inklings and King ArthurThis 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.

The Oddest Inkling

mythoI 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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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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21 Responses to The Inklings and Arthur Book Wins the Mythopoeic Award!

  1. I am so glad that both the significance of what this book speaks about and the quality of the work done, not least your own, is being recognised.

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  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Indeed – congratulations (a;; round)!

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  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    There’s proofreading for you – L’s, not winks – though merry, twinkling eyes are fitting!

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  5. L.A. Smith says:

    Wonderful! Many congratulations to you, the other authors, and the editor. So great to see your work being recognized!

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  6. tom says:

    Congratulations to you and your colleagues, Brenton, on this splendid win. It is an exceptional book, and the contribution you made to it is essential and wise.


  7. Great news! I hope Professor Higgins will teach this at Signum. I would love to take her class!

    Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie 🙂

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