This volume of the diaries of C.S. Lewis deals with a little known period of his life: the Oxford years, 1922-27. The diaries reveal Lewis's intense concern when, despite a Double First in Classics and a First in English, he was unable to gain a Fellowship. The problem was eventually solved in 1925 with a Magdalen Fellowship. Lewis's developing relationship with the Moore family is explored, and there is a moving account of the intense mental anguish of Mrs Moore's brother, and of the care Lewis was able to give him. His great compassion for all forms of suffering is revealed here. Much of the later Lewis is apparent in these early writings, and the philosophical training of these years eventually bore fruit in "The Abolition of Man". It was during this period that significant friendships were formed, including those with J.R.R. Tolkien and Owen Barfield.
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Friday 4 June (1926): . . . A beautiful misty warm morning, the mist all transparent and luminous with concealed sunshine, wood pigeons making a noise in the grove, and a heavy dew. It suggested autumn and gave me a sudden whiff of what I used to call 'the real joy'. C. S. LEWIS
C. S. Lewis made several short-lived attempts to keep a diary when he was a boy. At the age of 23, now an undergraduate at Oxford, he begins a new diary which will span five years. 'All My Road Before Me' gives a rare glimpse into his private life. He is living with his newly acquired 'family' consisting of Mrs Moore, the mother of his room-mate who has died in the War, and her daughter Maureen. It is a domestic situation open to question and 'Jack', as he is known, conceals the arrangement from his father.
The diary chronicles the daily events of Lewis's life – his friendships, his likes and dislikes, his country walks, his books and his college work. The details of everyday life are interspersed with startling observations and reflections. The diary gives a fascinating insight 'inside the skin' of this brilliant young academic, still an atheist, who is later to turn to the Christian faith and become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.About the Author:
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) is one of the greatest British writers of the 20th century. His children’s fiction – the Chronicles of Narnia – and his popular theology are still enormously popular today.
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Book Description Fount HarperCollins, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002154064