The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to His Life, Thought, and Writings

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Crossway Books, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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Who was Prince Caspian? What were C. S. Lewis's views on pain? Who were his close friends? What did he say about the imagination? Explore the world of the twentieth century's greatest popularizer of the Christian faith.

C. S. Lewis was one of the foremost writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. His unique ability to combine reasoning and imagination--capturing your mind and taking you into a richer world of thought and experience that points to God--is revealed in the great variety of his writings from allegories to apologetics."

Colin Duriez, an authority on C. S. Lewis, has laid out in an easy-to-follow encyclopedic format essential information on Lewis's life, relationships, and beliefs, as well as the main themes and characters in his work. Many entries are cross-referenced so that you can follow through on the ideas and subjects that capture your interest. And to encourage your exploration and discovery of Lewis's world, substantial essays on the major aspects of his life, a complete list of his works, and a guide that categorizes many of the related articles are also included.

Whether you are wanting to know more about Lewis's many " religious" writings or his fictional classics, his primary concerns or even the debates in which he participated, this book will prove to be an invaluable tool.

" This is one of the most useful books I know. I look for excuses to read it." --Walter Hooper, Literary Advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate

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Colin Duriez has taught, written and spoken worldwide on C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the Inklings for nearly thirty years. In addition to winning the Clyde S. Kilby Award in 1994 for his research, he has also appeared as a commentator on the extended-version film DVDs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (Peter Jackson, director), PBS's The Question of God, which compared C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, and the Sony DVD Ringers about Tolkien fandom and the impact of Tolkien on popular culture. Duriez studied at the University of Istanbul, the University of Ulster (where he was a founding member of the Irish Christian Study Centre) and under Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri in Huemoz, Switzerland. His best-known books includeThe C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia, The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings and A Field Guide to Narnia. Duriez also compiled The Poetic Bible, an anthology of English verse from over one thousand years based on the biblical text.

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