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Lenten Lands: My Childhood with Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

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Including the True Story of the Remarkable Love Affair between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

There has probably never been a less likely couple: she, an American divorcee and the mother of two young boys; he, an Oxford don and confirmed bachelor who inhabited an eccentric household with his brother, a retired Royal Army major. Yet the relationship of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, portrayed in this moving autobiography by her son Douglas Gresham, was destined to become of the most...

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Overview

Including the True Story of the Remarkable Love Affair between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

There has probably never been a less likely couple: she, an American divorcee and the mother of two young boys; he, an Oxford don and confirmed bachelor who inhabited an eccentric household with his brother, a retired Royal Army major. Yet the relationship of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, portrayed in this moving autobiography by her son Douglas Gresham, was destined to become of the most deeply moving love stories of our time.

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Chicago Tribune
“A moving recollection of one of the most tender love stories of mid-century.”
Chicago Tribune
“A moving recollection of one of the most tender love stories of mid-century.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gresham here recalls his 11 years at The Kilns, a ramshackle house near Oxford owned by the eminent novelist Clive Staples (Jack) Lewis. Son of American novelist W. L. Gresham ( Nightmare Alley ), seven-year-old Douglas went to England in 1952 and, with his recently divorced mother, Joy Davidman, moved in with Lewis, who married her in 1956, when she appeared to be dying of cancer. After her near-miraculous but temporary recovery, and despite Lewis's own increasingly painful osteoporosis, the two were happy together until her death four years later. Gresham writes lovingly of his relationship with them, and with Lewis's alcoholic brother Warnie. He also describes his own happy marriage and eventual settlement in Tasmania as a farmer and broadcaster. (August)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060634476
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 265,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Gresham is the son of Joy Davidman, who later married C.S. Lewis. As a boy, Gresham lived at "The Kilns," the Oxfordshire home Lewis shared with his brother Warnie, and then Davidman. After many years in Tasmania, Australia, he now lives in County Carlow, Ireland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2001

    Disappointment

    This book was disappointing to me, as the book is mostly about Douglas Gresham, the son of Joy Davidman and stepson of C.S. Lewis and not C.S. Lewis. Gresham spent most of his time at boarding school during Joy Davidman's and 'Jack's' marriage, and really doesn't seem to know them all that well. Another problem with the book is the lack of context in which things are placed. For example, Gresham's first boarding school was dreadful and he learned nothing--not even how to form the letters of the alphabet!! Why did two incredibly intelligent writers have him stay at the school? It sounds neglectful. Of course, perhaps, there was another reason, but Gresham does not share it.

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