Fredrick, Candace, and Sam McBride. Women Among the Inklings: Gender, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams. Contributions in Womens Studies, No. 191. Westport: Greenwood, 2001.
Deep insight into the role of women in the lives of three great authors. Lewis' and Tolkien's experiences with the fairer sex were compromised at an early age, giving rise to the notion that the female characters in their novels were shaped largely by both men's distance from feminine influence. Williams is another story, yet his involvement in the fellowship of the Inklings is still notable and inextricable from the feminine equation.
*dips toe in*
mmmm ... tepid!