Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

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by C. S. Lewis
     
 

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First published in 1956, Surprised by Joy concentrates on Lewis's childhood and adolescence up to his final year at Oxford. Born in Belfast into a bookish family, Lewis was captivated at an early age by the power of the imagination, writing and illustrating his own stories and creating elaborate mythical lands with his brother. It is one of the special

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First published in 1956, Surprised by Joy concentrates on Lewis's childhood and adolescence up to his final year at Oxford. Born in Belfast into a bookish family, Lewis was captivated at an early age by the power of the imagination, writing and illustrating his own stories and creating elaborate mythical lands with his brother. It is one of the special pleasures of this autobiography that Lewis writes with the immediacy of an eyewitness, rather than with the distance of a literary elder recalling memories of the past. The passions of his youth - the ancient Greeks and Romans, Norse mythology, Wagnerian music - come alive, as do the painful rituals of the English boarding schools he attended. Equally absorbing is Lewis's slow spiritual transition from conventional Christianity to confirmed pessimism to reluctant but rational conversion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760732212
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
229

Meet the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 29, 1898
Date of Death:
November 22, 1963
Place of Birth:
Belfast, Nothern Ireland
Place of Death:
Headington, England
Education:
Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925
Website:
http://www.cslewisclassics.com

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Surprised by Joy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marvelous! Here you meet the wonderfully complex man Lewis really was. In love with books and ideas, he was the product of a passionate Welshman father, and a cool, aristocratic mother. A quirky, fascinating, readable autobiography.
GeriG More than 1 year ago
Overlooked and under read, I found this to be a gift from the author to his readers. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. I especially enjoyed a few paragraphs about his nursery years and the reflections about his Father.