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"In his superb introduction, MacSwain explains that the goal of this collection is to offer a fair, in-depth examination of Lewis's body of work-perhaps fort he first time. (According to MacSwain US Evangelicals have a tendency to adore Lewis uncritically, whereas British literature professors and theologians tend to dismiss his work out of hand, in part because of its appeal) MacSwain and Ward (Univ of Oxford, UK) succeed in achieving this stated goal of critical evenhandedness. Readable both as individual essays and as part of a nuanced, book-length argument, the chapters offer an objective appraisal of Lewis's scholarship, this theological writings, and the literary merit of his novels and poetry. Among the best essays are Ann Loades's examination of Lewis's views of female clergy and his postmarriage reflections of romantic love in A Grief Observed; Jerry Walls's interepretation of The Great Divorce; and Judith Wolfe's exploration of why writer Philip Pullman believes that the Narnia novels promote violence and imperialism. A truly wonderful collection. Essential."
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"The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis succeeds in its purpose, scope, and coverage as a winsome, informative, and informed volume to accompany novice and veteran readers of Lewis in their pursuit of his insight and its source. Essays that both instruct and delight in Lewis studies are few; we can be grateful that under one cover, MacSwain and Ward have gathered so many."
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"... the volume succeeds in bringing fresh insight. Lewis is engaged as a serious writer who sought thoughtful response, rather than applause from uncritical fans. One major strength is a thoroughgoing tendency to see Lewis's work as a whole, noting ways different books in different genre inform each other."
William Frantz, Anglican Theological Review

"... succeeds in conveying the richness and complexity of Lewis' thought with an appropriately commendable depth, clarity, and imagination."
Jason Wardley, The Expository Times

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This book is a comprehensive single-volume study written by an international team of scholars to survey C. S. Lewis's career as a literary historian, popular theologian, and creative writer. Original in its approach and unique in its scope, it shows that Lewis was much more than merely the man behind Narnia.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521711142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521711142
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gregory H. Bassham on December 14, 2010
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Many people know Lewis only as the author of the Narnia books and various best-selling works of Christian apologetics. In fact, Lewis was an immensely learned and multifaceted genius who made important contributions in literary criticism, intellectual history, philosophy, and many other fields. In this volume, MacSwain and Ward have assembled a glittering array of top Lewis scholars and other noted intellectuals to assess Lewis's talents and contributions as a poet, classicist, literary theorist, novelist, children's author, memoirist, literary historian, and popular theologian. While most of the authors are clearly fans of Lewis, there is genuine but respectful engagement with Lewis's views, particularly on issues of gender, power, violence, friendship, and scriptural interpretation. Here the full range of Lewis's talents is on display. A first-rate contribution to Lewis studies.
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This book is not for everyone. It is slow reading, without Lewis' peppy style. Still, there are rewards for hanging in there
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Really useful, a very good source for those who teaches about fiction, religion and philosophy. It open new horizons and findings in bibliography
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