Lancelyn Green studied literature at Oxford under C. S. Lewis and they became good friends. He joined the Inklings* and was in fact the one to suggest the title "Chronicles of Narnia." Lewis Carroll was Lancelyn Green's big interest and he wrote a biography and edited Carroll's diaries. He also did biographical work on our old friend HCA and on J. M. Barrie, who he admired greatly. Lancelyn Green worked as Deputy Librarian of Merton College for five years (you just know I had to get that in there!), and later on served at the University of Liverpool, which was close to his ancestral home.
|My favorite edition of King Arthur|
This ancestral home was Poulton Hall in Cheshire; the family has owned the house for over 900 years and is still in residence. Today, it is open to the public a couple of days a year, and so if you get the chance you could visit the garden, which is now a memorial to Lancelyn Green's work. Here is Poulton Hall's website, which has some nice pictures, especially of the memorial garden.
|A new Puffin edition|
Later in the 1950s came retellings of Greek myths. We have the Tale of Troy and some of the other Greek stories, and they are very good. In the 60s Lancelyn Green branched out and produced books of Egyptian myths (again, one of the best available now), folktales from around the world, and Shakespeare.
Please do give Roger Lancelyn Green a try; he's very good. Puffin has kept his mythology titles in print for years, in inexpensive editions, so they're quite easy to find.
*The list there does not include Dorothy Sayers, I don't know why not since at the end she's listed as a major Inkling author.