Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles

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Published in the early 1950s, C. S. Lewis's seven Chronicles ofNarnia were proclaimed instant children's classics and havebeen hailed in The Oxford Companion to Children's Literatureas "the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a20th-century author." But how could Lewis (a formidable critic,scholar, and Christian apologist)conjure up the kind of adventuresin which generations of children (and adults) take such delight? Inthis engaging and insightful book, C. S. Lewis expert David C.Downing invites readers to join his vivid exploration of theChronicles of Narnia, offering a detailed look at theenchanting stories themselves and also focusing on theextraordinary intellect and imagination of the man behind theWardrobe.

Downing presents each Narnia book as its own little wardrobe -each tale an opportunity to discover a visionary world of bustlingvitality, sparkling beauty, and spiritual clarity. And Downing'sexamination of C. S. Lewis's personal life shows how the content ofthese classic children's books reflects Lewis's love of wonder andstory, his affection for animals and homespun things, his shrewdobservations about human nature, along with his vast reading,robust humor, theological speculations, medieval scholarship, andarcane linguistic jokes. A fun glossary of odd and invented wordswill allow readers to speak with Narnian flair, regaling friendsand family with unusual words like cantrips, poltoonery, hastilude,and skirling. A masterful work that will appeal to both new andseasoned fans of Narnia, Into the Wardrobe offers a journeybeyond Narnia's deceptively simple surface and into its richlytextured and unexpected depths.

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"[Into the Wardrobe] will be best enjoyed by fans who have readthe entire series, but those who haven't may be so impressed byDowning's exploration of Lewis's deep and sophisticated imaginationthat they will sneak 'into the wardrobe' and devour the Chroniclesfor themselves."
—Publishers Weekly

"Everyone who has enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia and anyonewho is interested in the writings of C.S. Lewis must read thisexcellent work?Downing helps the reader understand how theChronicles reflect not only Lewis's towering intellect, but alsohis strong faith and his sensitive heart."
—Armand Nicholi, M.D., author, The Question of God: C. S.Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning ofLife

"Like his previous studies of Lewis's life and writings, Intothe Wardrobe proves again that Downing is a master at weavingessential facts and fresh insights into a smooth narrative?abalanced and satisfying guide for either experienced or first-timereaders of Narnia."
—Robert Trexler, editor, CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society

"With lucidity and uncommon good sense, David Downing offers aguide to the Narnia Chronicles that will deepen the reader'sappreciation of these perennial favorites while illuminating theorigins of Narnia in Lewis's life and work."
—John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture

"What David C. Downing does so well is give us lenses throughwhich Lewis's myriad works come into sharp focus, revealing theconvictions, insights, scholarship, experience, and questions thatshaped the man who brought us Narnia."
—Jeffrey Overstreet, film critic, Christianity Today andLookingCloser.org

"David Downing's sprightly study of the Narnia Chroniclesprovides readers with a fresh interpretation of Lewis's children'sbooks?Read and rejoice."
—Ralph C. Wood, University Professor of Theology andLiterature, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and author, The GospelAccording to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-Earth

About the Author:

David C. Downing is a leading C. S. Lewis expert, award-winning author, and professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His articles about Lewis have appeared in such publications as Christianity Today, Christianity and Literature, Books & Culture, Christian Scholars Review, and numerous other journals. His books include Planets in Peril, about the Space Trilogy; The Most Reluctant Convert, a biography of Lewis that was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of the Year by the American Library Association; and Into the Region of Awe, a study of the mystical elements in Lewis's life and writings.

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