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Diana Glyer, Ph.D

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Diana Glyer is an American author, speaker and teacher whose work centers on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the Inklings. She teaches in the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University in California.

Glyer received a B.S. in education and a B.A. in English and fine arts from Bowling Green State University. She received her M.S. in education from Northern Illinois University and her PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Glyer has published widely, including contributions to dozens of books and periodicals. Her best-known work is The Company They Keep, which describes the interaction and creative influence of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings. It has an appendix by the scholar David Bratman. Published in 2007, the book overturned assumptions held for more than 30 years.  It was recognized as a landmark study. The Company They Keep won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award (Inklings Studies) and was a finalist for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Related Work at Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention.


Glyer is also the author of Clay in the Potter's Hands (2011) and Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings (2016).  Bandersnatch, published in 2016, applies the scholarly work of The Company They Keep to creative writing groups, encouraging them to function collaboratively just as the Inklings did.


Glyer also did coursework in composition studies at Purdue University and the University of New Hampshire, where she studied under Robert J. Connors and Donald Murray.


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