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Books by C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) has been called the Most Beloved Christian Thinker & Storyteller of the Twentieth Century. He gained international renown for an impressive array of beloved works both popular and scholarly: literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and numerous books on theology. Among his most celebrated achievements are Out of the Silent Planet, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, and Surprised by Joy. Lewis was a member of The Inklings, an Oxford literary circle which included the writers J.R.R. Tolkien, George McDonald and Charles Williams, where Lewis formed a great friendship with Tolkien as they tried their fantasy stories out on each other. Many of Lewis' books are the result of his wartime radio broadcasts.

C. S. Lewis

Following his childhood in Belfast and First World War experience in France, Lewis went on to develop a brilliant academic career at Oxford and Cambridge. He experienced religious conversion, and then his late marriage to Joy Davidman, folowed by widowhood as Joy died from cancer. He wrote prodigiously from out of his life experiences and Lewis's thought ranged widely, on everything from enchantment, reason, imagination, and joy to democratic education, myth, and the masculine and feminine.

Walter Hopper has written a biography called C.S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life & Works (HarperOne, 1998), as has George Sayer in Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis (Crossway Books, 2005).

Lewis himself wrote of his earlier life in Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Revised edition, 1995), and in his attempt at a diary, All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis, 1922-1927 (Harvest Books, 2002). His step-son, Douglas Gresham has written Jack's Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis (B&H Publishing Group, 2005), plus an account of his own 11 years with lewis in Oxford in Lenten Lands: My Childhood with Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis (HarperOne, 1994).


I remember my ambivalence while anticipating seeing a performance in London of the play Shadowlands, inspired by Lewis's A Grief Observed, and staring Nigel Hawthorne as Lewis. While thoroughly enjoying Hawthorne's performance as Sir Humphry in the TV series Yes Minister and then Yes Prime Minister, the thought of this cunning bureaucrat becoming C. S. Lewis was inconceivable! Yet he was perfect in the role, and brought Lewis completely to life.

A great many books have been written about C. S. Lewis's thought, including Real Presence: The Christian Worldview of C. S. Lewis as Incarnational Reality by one of my favourite authors Leanne Payne.