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The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis: Family Letters, 1905-1931. Volume 1.

Lewis, C. S.

Published by Harper, New York, 2004
ISBN 10: 0060727632 / ISBN 13: 9780060727635
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Title: The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis: Family ...

Publisher: Harper, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition

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A Near Fine copy with a remainder mark on the top edge in a Fine dust jacket. 1056 pages. This first volume in the three volume set of Lewis' letters contains his boyhood correspondence, his army days in World War I, and his early academic life at Oxford where his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien takes root. This collection brings together the best of C.S. Lewis's letters - some published for the first time. Arranged in chronological order, this is the first volume covering Family Letters: 1905-1931. C.S. Lewis was a most prolific letter writer and his personal correspondence reveals much of his private life, reflections, friendships and feelings. In this great and important collection are the letters Lewis wrote to J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, Owen Barfield, Arthur C. Clarke, Sheldon Vanauken and Dom Bede Griffiths. This first volume of Family Letters: 1905-1931 covers Lewis's boyhood and early manhood, his army years, undergraduate life at Oxford and his election to a fellowship at Magdalen College. Lewis became an atheist when he was 13 years old and his dislike of Christianity is evident in many of his letters. The volume concludes with a letter describing an evening spent with J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson when he came to see that he was wrong to think of Christianity as one of 'many myths. Bookseller Inventory # 24459

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The life and mind of C. S. Lewis have fascinated those who have read his works. This collection of his personal letters reveals a unique intellectual journey. The first of a three-volume collection, this volume contains letters from Lewis's boyhood, his army days in World War I, and his early academic life at Oxford. Here we encounter the creative, imaginative seeds that gave birth to some of his most famous works.

At age sixteen, Lewis begins writing to Arthur Greeves, a boy his age in Belfast who later becomes one of his most treasured friends. Their correspondence would continue over the next fifty years. In his letters to Arthur, Lewis admits that he has abandoned the Christian faith. "I believe in no religion," he says. "There is absolutely no proof for any of them."

Shortly after arriving at Oxford, Lewis is called away to war. Quickly wounded, he returns to Oxford, writing home to describe his thoughts and feelings about the horrors of war as well as the early joys of publication and academic success.

In 1929 Lewis writes to Arthur of a friend ship that was to greatly influence his life and writing. "I was up till 2:30 on Monday talking to the Anglo-Saxon professor Tolkien who came back with me to College ... and sat discoursing of the gods and giants & Asgard for three hours ..." Gradually, as Lewis spends time with Tolkien and other friends, he admits in his letters to a change of view on religion. In 1930 he writes, "Whereas once I would have said, 'Shall I adopt Christianity', I now wait to see whether it will adopt me ..."

The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume I offers an inside perspective to Lewis's thinking during his formative years. Walter Hooper's insightful notes and biographical appendix of all the correspondents make this an irreplaceable reference for those curious about the life and work of one of the most creative minds of the modern era.

Product Description: The first of a three volume collection of the letters of C. S. Lewis. This volume contains letters from Lewis's boyhood, his army days in World War I, and his early academic life at Oxford. From his declared atheism at age 16 to his budding friendship with Tolkien during his days at Oxford, these letters set the stage for Lewis's influential life and writings.

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