This is an exhaustive guide to the entire works of C. S. Lewis, including the religious works, the literary criticism, the fiction and the children’s books.
It contains a year by year chronology of events in his own life, that of his forbears and of his books since. A more extended biographical section runs to a hundred pages.
This is followed by a detailed portrait of each of his many books, with background, summary, contemporary critical reactions and publication history. Next there is a ‘Who’s who’ of characters in Lewis’ life, including his academic ‘club’, The Inklings. Similar in style is the ‘What’s what’ section, featuring among other things the colleges in which he worked and his homes. Then comes a section on Lewis’ key ideas, with encyclopaedia style entries pointing to various sections in the books. Finally there is a complete bibliography of texts, both primary and secondary, with publishing histories.
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‘It is without question the most important reference work on Lewis yet published and… will never be entirely superseded.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘Full of accurate scholarship, a definitive work in the most literal sense, this may well prove to be the last word on his subject.’
Clive Staples Lewis wrote some of the most enduring religious and fantasy literature of the 20th century. His best loved classics such as 'The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Surprised by Joy,' and 'The Problem of Pain', continue to sell in their thousands and are surpassed only by his allegorical series of children’s books, based in the imaginary world of Narnia. The most popular of these, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,' has been adapted for film and television. His life became the basis for the movie ‘Shadowlands’ which starred Anthony Hopkins. Lewis died in 1963, but more than thirty years later his work remains at the forefront of popular appeal.
Now Walter Hooper, one of the world’s leading scholars of C.S. Lewis’s work, has written the definitive C.S. Lewis handbook. Covering every type of publication – The Chronicles of Narnia, science fiction, literary criticism and religious – it features the following:
• A chronology of the events of Lewis’s life and a brief biography
• Detailed descriptions of the background and contents of each of the books, including the reactions of critics when they were published
• Lewis’s key ideas and thought
• A ‘who’s who’ of people in Lewis’s life and a ‘what’s what’ of locations and events
• An exhaustive bibliography of all his writings
'C. S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide' is an informative and enjoyable resource for study and general reference.
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“It is without question the most important reference work on Lewis yet published and … will never be entirely superseded.”
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“Full of accurate scholarship, a definitive work in the most literal sense, this may well prove to be the last word on his subject.”
“It is, by any standards, an outstanding achievement. Hooper has pioneered what is almost a new literary genre. It is beautifully produced – and with not a dull sentence in it.”
“Nine hundred pages of true refreshment of the spirit. Nothing is missing.”
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Book Description Fount, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006280463