C. S. Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. Yet among his poetry, literary history and criticism, novels, and Christian apologetics stands a unique, delightfully imaginative children's series called The Chronicles of Narnia, which has become an enduring classic. Alan Jacobs takes this imaginary world of Narnia that has captivated children and adults alike for years, and uses the themes and stories found within to explore the imaginative life of C. S. Lewis. Few things are more interesting to human beings than trying to figure out how another human being (especially a profoundly gifted one) works. Not just a conventional, straightforward biographer of Lewis, Jacobs instead seeks a more elusive quarry: an understanding of the way Lewis's experiences, both direct and literary, formed themselves into patterns--themes that then shaped his thought and writings, especially the stories of Narnia. It is in the Narnia stories that we see the most of Lewis, and this illuminating biography delivers a true picture of the life and imagination of the Narnian.
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Alan Jacobs is a professor of literature at Wheaton College. He is the author of several collections of essays, including the recent Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truthtelling. A cultural critic and journalist, his work appears in such publications as First Things, Christianity Today, The Weekly Standard, Books and Culture and the Oxford American.From AudioFile:
C.S. Lewis fans know about his selfless love for Joy Davidman and its tragic end, but what of Janie King Moore, who was a part of his life until her death in 1951? Alan Jacobs has a tendency to sound too gossipy as he speculates about their relationship in this biography, which surveys the life of a quiet, private man. While Jacobs's speculation at times surprises, it ultimately serves to build up Lewis as the dutiful, lonely bachelor who was portrayed after his death as an unlikely romantic figure in SHADOWLANDS. This account is interesting, although it should be noted that Lewis avoided biographers during his lifetime. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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