Reluctant Allies

Reluctant Allies


A collection of short, sharp surprising essays about the life and works of T.S.Eliot, C.S.Lewis and the Inklings




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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