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Posted March 27, 2004
'The author as he looked to those who really knew him.'
Letters and recollections, anecdotes and interviews by those who knew the author of so many classic children's books and Christian writings. It's always interesting to learn about the real, fallible person who created such a lasting body of work, but what makes this book especially so is the editor's understanding of Lewis's time and culture. After reading it, I can't imagine comprehending the man without knowing about Oxford University politics - the Church of England to which he returned, after being earnestly atheist through the first years of his adulthood - or his close friends' reactions to his work. At times this can be a dry read despite its fascinating subject, because its tone is more textbook than popular biography. It's nevertheless worth the wade, for anyone who enjoys learning about literary figures from someone else's primary source research.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.