The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis

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Harper Collins, 13.10.2009 - 392 Seiten

A journey into the imagination of C.S. Lewis explores the themes and life events that contributed to The Chronicles of Narnia, the most enduring classics of children’s literature

C.S. Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th 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 have become enduring classics. Alan Jacobs takes this imaginary world of Narnia and uses the themes and stories found within to explore the imaginative life of C.S. Lewis. Not just a conventional, straightforward biography 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.

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Nutzerbericht  - emilyesears - LibraryThing

An interesting biography of C. S. Lewis that focuses on his intellectual shifts throughout life and the intellectual issues that influenced his work. I found the beginning and ending engrossing, but the middle 4 or 5 chapters dragged significantly for me. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

If you are looking for a book that will merely be a biography of C.S. Lewis this may not be the book for you. This book gives a brief biography of his life but is probably at least half an analysis of ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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one Happy but for so happy ill secured
1
two Coarse brainless English schoolboys
19
three Red beef and strong beer
44
four I never sank so low as to pray
65
seven Definitely believing in Christ
136
eight Do you think I am trying to weave a spell?
163
eleven We soon learn to love what
248
twelve Joy is the serious business of heaven
280
afterword The Future of Narnia
305
plus A Narnia C S Lewis Might Love
344
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Über den Autor (2009)

Alan Jacobs is professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the author of several books, including most recently The Narnian, a biography of C. S. Lewis. His literary and cultural criticism has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including the Boston Globe, The American Scholar, First Things, Books & Culture, and The Oxford American.

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