Reluctant Allies – ebook

Reluctant Allies – ebook


This collection of Fr Longenecker’s essays on the life and works of T.S.Eliot, C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien was gathered from his regular column at the St Austin Review, Imaginative Conservative website and various other outlets.

What others have said about the book:

“Reluctant Allies does what few books are able to do.  It welcomes newcomers to these authors, it provides deeper understanding to those familiar with their works, and it offers new perspectives to those who are specialists in this area.  Father Longenecker’s writing is clear and refreshing in a special way and very good for the soul.”  — Devin Brown, English Professor, Asbury University, author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis

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Reluctant Allies – Essays on Eliot and the Inklings is a collection of essays written for various outlets on the life and work of T.S.Eliot, C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.T0lkien.

What others have said:

Fr. Longenecker brings lively writing, much learning, and a unique perspective to this engaging study of Eliot and Lewis. Like Eliot, he is an American who was drawn to England and the Anglo-Catholic world. Like Lewis, he spent time at Oxford and writes theologically rich works for a popular audience. A must read for anyone interested in Eliot, Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings!”

Carl E. Olson, Editor of Catholic World Report

Reluctant Allies is a book that lovers of literature will read for the pure pleasure of it. Born of Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s witty and joyful friendship with Joseph Pearce, this compilation of short essays from the St. Augustine Review not only illuminates the whole milieu of 20th century Catholic literature but also teases the reader’s interest with appealing details about these authors so many have come to love.”

– Glenn Arbery – President of Wyoming Catholic College and author of Bearings and Distances

“We Catholics are quick to forget that the “Catholic literary revival” could not have occurred without these two eminent Anglicans, T.S. Eliot and C.S. Lewis. Father Longenecker sets the record straight once and for all.

They’re an odd pair, to be sure. Eliot, the “uninvited Inkling”; Lewis, the unlikely Modernist. Yet few men have exerted such a universal influence on the Christian imagination. Here (at last!), Father Longenecker gives us an account of their accidental collaboration. For they shared a common cause: to redeem the time with beauty, sorrow, and grace.

No one writes more engagingly or more insightfully about the Christian literary tradition than Father Dwight Longenecker.”

Michael Warren Davis, editor Crisis Magazine


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