C. S. Lewis: A Biography

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A subtle and poignant portrayal of the creator of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Brilliant. Agnostic. Prejudiced. Gregarious. Bullying. Loyal friend. Heavy drinker. One of the most learned scholars of his generation. A controversial Christian apologist. Author of a children's fantasy that has sold millions upon millions of copies. And, after his death, almost a cult figure. C. S. Lewis was an incredibly complicated man, and, as revealed in this splendid biography, a mystery to those ...

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Overview

A subtle and poignant portrayal of the creator of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Brilliant. Agnostic. Prejudiced. Gregarious. Bullying. Loyal friend. Heavy drinker. One of the most learned scholars of his generation. A controversial Christian apologist. Author of a children's fantasy that has sold millions upon millions of copies. And, after his death, almost a cult figure. C. S. Lewis was an incredibly complicated man, and, as revealed in this splendid biography, a mystery to those who knew him best. "I know of no modern biographer who equals Wilson's delicacy of touch and sensitivity to human quandaries. An astonishing book."—Leon Edel "The mixture presented in Wilson's biography of the life of learning...of domestic drama and bad temper, religion, and sex, is irresistible."—New York Review of Books

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Leon Edel
I know of no modern biographer who equals Wilson's delicacy of touch and sensitivity to human quandaries. An astonishing book.
New York Review of Books
The mixture presented in Wilson's biography of the life of learning...of domestic drama and bad temper, religion, and sex, is irresistible.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One might see the life of Christian apologist Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) as a Freudian case history. As an Oxford undergrad, he took up with Janie Moore, 25 years his senior, whom he passed off as his ``adopted mother''; she filled a gap left by the death of his mother when he was nine. When Moore, his companion for over 30 years, died, Lewis married Joy Davidman, an aspiring poet-novelist dying of cancer who had two small sons--her circumstances parallel to those of Lewis's own mother. Wilson ( Tolstoy ), though attuned to psychoanalytic theory, avoids reductionist psychobiography in this absorbing, intimate portrait of a secretive figure. He presents Lewis as a Romantic egoist in the tradition of Wordsworth and Yeats, as a seeker who transformed his obsession with childhood memories into moral fables for our age. Primary sources yield fresh insights into Lewis's Oxford circle, the Inklings, and particularly into his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien. Photos. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393323405
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 698,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A. N. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed biographies Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul; God's Funeral, and several celebrated novels. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Another 21st Century hatchet job!

    Mr. Wilson's fascination about the relationship between Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Moore is rife with speculation and rumor. It's amazing that the author could devote so many words and pages to a work that contains virtually nothing new about the Twentieth Century's foremost Christian Apologist. This book does however have one utilitarian function. It makes, one page at a time, wonderful bird cage liner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Help!!!!!

    I need 911 sirecly

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