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A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems

Davidman, Joy

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Title: A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis ...

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Binding: Soft cover

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This book is the first comprehensive collection of Davidman's poetry, including her published collection Letters to a Comrade (1938), forty other published poems and more than 200 previously unpublished poems. Editor(s): King, Don W. Num Pages: 336 pages. BIC Classification: DCF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 230 x 155 x 27. Weight in Grams: 476. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780802872883

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Synopsis: Although best known as C. S. Lewis's wife, Joy Davidman was a gifted writer herself who produced, among other things, two novels and an award-winning volume of poetry in her short lifetime.

The first comprehensive collection of Davidman's poetry, A Naked Tree includes the poems that originally appeared in her Letter to a Comrade (1938), forty other published poems, and more than two hundred previously unpublished poems that came to light in a remarkable 2010 discovery.

Of special interest is Davidman's sequence of forty-five love sonnets to C. S. Lewis, which offer stunning evidence of her spiritual struggles with regard to her feelings for Lewis, her sense of God's working in her lonely life, and her mounting frustration with Lewis for keeping her at arm's length emotionally and physically.

Readers of these Davidman poems -- arranged chronologically by Don King -- will discover three recurring, overarching themes: God, death, and immortality; politics, including capitalism and communism; and (the most by far) romantic, erotic love. This volume marks Joy Davidman as a figure to be reckoned with in the landscape of twentieth-century American poetry.

About the Author: Joy Davidman (1915-1960) was an American poet and writer who married C. S. Lewis in 1956. Her published books include Letter to a Comrade, an award-winning volume of poetry, and Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments.

Don W. King is professor of English at Montreat College and editor of Christian Scholarís Review. The author of Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman, he is also the editor of Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman and The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition.

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