Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life

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"Christian apologist, literary historian, scholar, critic, writer of science fiction and children's books, he was one of the more prolific authors of his time," read the London TIMES obituary of C. S. Lewis after his death on Nov. 22, 1963. "As a Christian writer his influence was marked: he caught and held the attention of those usually apathetic to religion, of lapsed churchgoers, agnostics:..he made religious books bestsellers and, in a nice sense, fashionable." This is an imaginative biography that recreates C. S. Lewis's life with striking impact--a narrative account in which Lewis speaks for himself at almost every moment and incident. A thousand scenes, some very short, all in chronological order, flash by like a video. Better than a feature film, this book brings to life a vivid and multifaceted portrait of Lewis. "He was a poet as contemporary as Auden and a versifier as funny as Gilbert," Griffin writes. "He was a satirist as slashing as Waugh and a social critic as clever as Coward; he was a scholar as sharp as Leavis and a mythologer as wise as Tolkien. He was a broadcaster with enormous audience and a correspondent of staggering proportion...Emerging from the narrative is an active, energetic man who looked like a farmer but talked like a philosopher, who would as soon lolligag in fairydom as joust in intellectual lists, who relished the love of a woman, and cultivated the love of God." Long after this book has been read, Lewis's personality wil linger on, amusing, instructing, inspiring.

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From Publishers Weekly:

C. S. Lewis (18981963), probably best known for The Screwtape Letters, The Allegory of Love and his children's classic, the Narnia series, was many things: Medieval and Renaissance scholar, novelist, poet, mythologist, satirist, teacher, broadcaster, Christian apologist and one of the influential minds of our time. In this stimulating and imaginative narrative biography, author-playwright Griffin brings before us the man himself, as often as possible via his own words, throughout his long and energetic career at Oxford and Cambridge, particularly in his relations with friends, family, students, critics, editors, thus vividly revealing the warm personality of this keen logician with puckish humor (he once settled a dispute with a student by the sword). There are drawbacks to the method: one doesn't learn the grounds of Lewis's differences with Eliot, for example, or his close friend Tolkien, norfeel the full weight of his mind.
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From School Library Journal:

YA This long and detailed chronology of Lewis' life will be of particular value as a reference volume but not for recreational reading. It contains an excellent index, notes, and bibliography of works by C. S. Lewis. Numerous scenes from his life, often described in his own words, follow year by year from 1925, when he became a faculty member at Magdalen College (Oxford), to his death in 1963. This is an unemotional and unbiased account of his life and writing that reveals his great intellect and his skill as a writer of fantasy for children and religious books for adults. Through his own struggle with faith, Lewis formulated his beliefs and was always willing to counsel (in person or by letter) other strugglers. The biography reveals him to be a scholar, critic, and prolific writer. Sue McGown, St. John's School, Houston
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