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

Overview

Published in the early 1950s, C. S. Lewis's seven Chronicles of Narnia were proclaimed instant children's classics and have been hailed in The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature as "the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author." But how could Lewis-a formidable critic, scholar, and Christian apologist-conjure up the kind of adventures in which generations of children (and adults) take such delight? In this engaging and insightful book, C. S. Lewis expert David C. Downing ...
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Overview

Published in the early 1950s, C. S. Lewis's seven Chronicles of Narnia were proclaimed instant children's classics and have been hailed in The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature as "the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author." But how could Lewis-a formidable critic, scholar, and Christian apologist-conjure up the kind of adventures in which generations of children (and adults) take such delight? In this engaging and insightful book, C. S. Lewis expert David C. Downing invites readers to join his vivid exploration of the Chronicles of Narnia, offering a detailed look at the enchanting stories themselves and also focusing on the extraordinary intellect and imagination of the man behind the Wardrobe.

Downing presents each Narnia book as its own little wardrobe-each tale an opportunity to discover a visionary world of bustling vitality, sparkling beauty, and spiritual clarity. And Downing's examination of C. S. Lewis's personal life shows how the content of these classic children's books reflects Lewis's love of wonder and story, his affection for animals and homespun things, his shrewd observations about human nature, along with his vast reading, robust humor, theological speculations, medieval scholarship, and arcane linguistic jokes. A fun glossary of odd and invented words will allow readers to speak with Narnian flair, regaling friends and family with unusual words such as cantrips, poltroonery, hastilude, and skirling. This masterful work will appeal to both new and seasoned fans of Narnia, extending the journey beyond Narnia's deceptively simple surface and into its richly textured and unexpected depths.

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Editorial Reviews

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“…in this volume, C.S.Lewis’ biography is given concisely, yet thoroughly…before you go to the movies this winter to see the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, read this book…” (The Eternal Night, 13th December 2005).

“…a masterful work that will appeal to both new and seasoned fans of Narnia, ‘Into the Wardrobe’ offers a journey beyond Narnia’s deceptively simple surface and into its richly textured and unexpected depths.” (www.eden.co.uk, 13th December 2005)

“…fluent and mature…” (Church Times, 9th December 2005)

Library Journal
Downing, a well-known Lewis scholar who previously explored Lewis's conversion to Christianity in The Most Reluctant Convert, here examines the origins of "The Chronicles," the series' spiritual and moral elements, and Lewis's use of names. His immense knowledge of the many nuances of the series and his ability to bring so many perspectives together are the book's key strengths. Of particular interest is the chapter on Lewis's literary influences and the glossary of odd and invented words Lewis used in the books. For all collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978907
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/9/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,461,308
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

A. C. S. Lewis time line
Introduction : the child as father of the man
1 The life of C. S. Lewis 1
2 The genesis of Narnia 27
3 The spiritual vision of the Narnia Chronicles 63
4 Moral psychology 89
5 Classical and medieval elements 107
6 What's in a Narnian name? 129
7 Lewis's literary artistry 147
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