CS Lewis: A Life

CS Lewis: A Life

Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

Alister McGrath

Definitive new biography of C. S. Lewis, author of the ever-popular Narnia books.

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For more than half a century, C.S Lewis's Narnia series has captured the imagination of millions. In C.S Lewis - A Life, Dr Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely legacy of the Oxford don, who spent his days teaching medieval English literature and his nights writing a bestselling fantasy series for children.

To write this biography McGrath studied all of Lewis's correspondence and archival materials in chronological order, so as to illuminate afresh this much-loved author's life. This definitive biography paints a portrait of a deeply original thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.

Accessible and engaging, this is a fascinating portrayal of a creative genius who continues to inspire millions of readers around the world.

The recent Narnia films have inspired a resurgence of interest in C. S. Lewis, the Oxford academic, popular theologian and, most famously, creator of the magical world of Narnia - and this authoritative new biography, published to mark the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death, sets out to introduce him to a new generation. Completely up to date with scholarly studies of Lewis, it also focuses on how Lewis came to write the Narnia books, and why they have proved so consistently engaging.

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  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 The Soft Hills of Down: an Irish Childhood, 1898-1908
  • Chapter 2 The ugly Country of England: Schooldays, 1908-1917
  • Chapter 3 The Vasty Fields of France: War, 1917-1918
  • Chapter 4 Deceptions and Discoveries: The Making of an Oxford Don,1919-1927
  • Chapter 5 Fellowship, Family, and Friendship: The Early Years at Magdalen College, 1927-1930
  • Chapter 6 The Most Reluctant Convert: The Making of a Mere Christian, 1930-1932
  • Chapter 7 A Man of Letters: Literary Scholarship and Criticism, 1933-1939
  • Chapter 8 National Acclaim: The Wartime Apologist, 1939-1942
  • Chapter 9 International Fame: The Mere Christian, 1942-1945
  • Chapter 10 A Prophet without Honour?: Postwar Tensions and Problems, 1945-1954
  • Chapter 11 Rearranging Teality: The Creation of Narnia
  • Chapter 12 Narnia: Exploring an Imaginative World
  • Chapter 13 The Move to Cambridge: Magdalene College, 1954-1960
  • Chapter 14 Bereavement, Illness, and Death: The Final Years, 1960-1963
  • Chapter 15 The Lewis Phenomenon
  • Timeline
  • Acknowledgements
  • Works Consulted
  • Notes
  • Index


Author Alister McGrath
ISBN 9781444745542
Format Paperback
First published October 2013
Dimensions 128mm x 198mm x 22mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 432
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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