J.A.W. Bennett
(1911-1981)
The Inklings C.S. Lewis J.R.R. Tolkien Charles Williams Other Inklings


Jack Arthur Walter J.A.W. Bennett was a professor of literature and a member of the Oxford literary group, the Inklings. Bennett was born on February 28, 1911 in Auckland, New Zealand. He attended Auckland University College and Merton College, University of Oxford. While a student at Oxford, he attended lectures given by his future Inklings colleagues, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.L. Wrenn. Bennett spent World War II as a member of the British Information Services operating from the United States. After the war, he was elected as Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1956 Bennett became the editor of the literary journal Medium Aevum, and in 1964 he succeeded his late friend C.S. Lewis as Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He died in 1981 and left behind many works of scholarship on Middle English and medieval literature.


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