The Chronicles of Narnia

Lewis, C. S.

C. S. Lewis: (Clive Staples Lewis), 1898–1963, English author, b. Belfast, Ireland. A fellow and tutor of English at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1954, C. S. Lewis was noted equally for his literary scholarship and for his intellectual and witty expositions of Christian tenets. Among his most important works are The Allegory of Love (1936), an analysis of the literary evolution of romantic love during the Middle Ages; The Screwtape Letters (1942, rev. ed. 1961), an ironic treatment of the theme of salvation; and a history of English Literature in the Sixteenth Century (1954). He is also the author of Out of the Silent Planet (1938) and That Hideous Strength (1945), outer-planetary fantasies with deep Catholic and moral overtones; the "Chronicles of Narnia," a series of allegorical fantasies set in the mythical kingdom of Narnia, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) and The Silver Chair (1953); many works of literary criticism, including Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (1966); and the autobiographical Surprised by Joy (1954). From 1954 until his death he was professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge.

See his Selected Literary Essays (1970) and Narrative Poems (1970), both ed. by W. Hooper; his letters, ed. by his brother W. H. Lewis (1966, repr. 1975); biographies by C. S. Kilby and D. Gilbert (1973) and R. L. Green and W. Hooper (1974); studies by P. G. Schakel, ed. (1977), W. Griffin (1986), C. N. Manlove (1987), L. W. Dorsett (1988), and G. B. Sayer (1988); P. and C. Zaleski, The Fellowship (2015); R. MacSwain and M. Ward, ed., The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis (2010).

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Selected full-text books and articles

The Way into Narnia: A Reader's Guide By Peter J. Schakel William B. Eerdmans, 2005
Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination By Vigen Guroian Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Evil and Redemption in The Snow Queen and The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe"
Shadows of Imagination: The Fantasies of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams By Mark R. Hillegas Southern Illinois University Press, 1979 (New edition)
Other Worlds: The Fantasy Genre By John H. Timmerman Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1983
Librarian's tip: "The Magician's Nephew: Mage and Maker" begins on p. 75
The Gospel According to Lewis. (Fantasia) By Nelson, Michael The American Prospect, Vol. 13, No. 4, February 25, 2002
C. S. Lewis in Context By Doris T. Myers Kent State University Press, 1994
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "The Context of Christian Humanism"
Mindscapes: The Geographies of Imagined Worlds By George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin Southern Illinois University Press, 1989
Librarian's tip: Discussion of The Chronicles of Narnia begins on p. 236
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature By Humphrey Carpenter; Mari Prichard Oxford University Press, 1999
Inside the Wardrobe: Is 'Narnia' a Christian Allegory? By Bell, Robert H Commonweal, Vol. 132, No. 22, December 16, 2005
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