""It is 'Will' that creates the world, even though the world itself is a malignant thing which inveigles us into reproducing and perpetuating life. The way to terminate this malignancy is by asceticism."--"from the preface In 1919, when C.S. Lewis was only twenty, just a few months returned from the Great War, his first collection of poetry was published, presaging the author's brilliant career. At the time, Lewis was in the midst of his agnostic phase, yet to become the great Christian philosopher of his later life. As such, the poems all revolve around the theme of nature as a malevolent force, with beauty as the only divine truth. This volume includes a preface by Walter Hooper, which illuminates Lewis's formative influences, drawing from his letters, diaries, and other works to provide a record of the early part of the great writer's life. "[Lewis's] writing is like the easy talk of a good conversationalist and he challenges many deeply set convictions without raising his voice." --"St. Louis Post Dispatch"
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Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack", was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–54, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–63. He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. Both authors served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and both were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings". According to his memoir Surprised by Joy, Lewis had been baptized in the Church of Ireland (part of the Anglican Communion) at birth, but fell away from his faith during his adolescence. Owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, at the age of 32 Lewis returned to the Anglican Communion, becoming "a very ordinary layman of the Church of England". His faith had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim. In 1956, he married the American writer Joy Davidman, 17 years his junior, who died four years later of cancer at the age of 45. Lewis died three years after his wife, from renal failure, one week before his 65th birthday. Media coverage of his death was minimal; he died on 22 November 1963—the same day that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and that another famous author, Aldous Huxley, died. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis was honoured with a memorial in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey. Lewis's works have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularized on stage, TV, radio, and cinema. His works entered the public domain in 2014 in countries where copyright expires 50 years after the death of the creator, such as Canada.About the Author:
C. S. Lewis is most famous for his works The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe which made up part of the Chronicles of Narnia series. He is also renowned as a Christian apologist and a scholar of literature. His books have been made into movies and many films have been made and books written about his life.
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Book Description Harcourt February 1984, 1984. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. C. S. Lewis, one of literature's finest storytellers, began as a poet and selected St. Peter's First Epistle as the subject of his first book of poetry. Since this book's themes aren't particularly spiritual, it's surprising that he went to the New Testament for his title. He later wrote the Narnia chronicles that won the hearts of children but continued as the author of commanding yet controversial works of modern Christianity. Poetry was his first love and from this came his powerful contributions to the moralistic philosophies. Bookseller Inventory # 20080812145607
Book Description Mariner Books, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0156847485
Book Description Mariner Books, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0156847485
Book Description Harvest Books, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110156847485