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Owen Barfield


Owen Barfield (1898–1997), the British philosopher and critic, has been called the “First and Last Inkling,” because of his influence and enduring role in the group known as the Oxford Inklings. The Inklings included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. It was Barfield who first advanced the ideas about language, myth, and belief that became identified with the thinking and art of the Inklings. He is the author of numerous books, including Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning; Romanticism Comes of Age; Unancestoral Voice; History in English Words; and Worlds Apart: A Dialogue of the 1960s. His history of the evolution of human consciousness, Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry, achieved a place in the list of the “100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century.”

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Author's Books

Chadwick Library Edition Series

The Case for Anthroposophy

Extracts from “Riddles of the Soul” (CW 21)

Rudolf Steiner
Introduction by Owen Barfield
Edited by Owen Barfield
Translated by Owen Barfield
The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner Series 129

Wonders of the World

Trials of the Soul, Revelations of the Spirit (CW 129)

Rudolf Steiner
Introduction by Frederick Amrine
Translated by Owen Barfield and D. Lenn

Anthroposophy and the Inner Life

An Esoteric Introduction (CW 234)


D. N. Dunlop 2nd Edition

A Man of Our Time: A Biography

T. H. Meyer
Afterword by Owen Barfield
Translated by Ian Bass

Calendar of the Soul

The Year Participated (CW 40)


Guidance in Esoteric Training

From the Esoteric School (CW 245)

Vladimir Solovyov
Introduction by Owen Barfield
Revised by Thomas R. Beyer
Translated by jane Marshall
Rudolf Steiner
Introduction by Owen Barfield
Translated by Maria St. Goar