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Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis

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by Don W. King

A collection of essays by a career C . S . Lewis scholar on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death.

C. S. Lewis scholar Don W. King has kept a critical eye on the work by and about Lewis for four decades. Now, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death, King has put together a collection of his essays and critical reviews organized around four areas. The first deals mainly with what will perhaps be Lewis's longest lasting legacy—his Chronicles of Narnia. The second deals with Lewis's poetry, a neglected area of his work. The third focuses on Lewis and the two women poets with whom he had lasting relationships: Ruth Pitter and Joy Davidman. (Lewis and Davidman eventually fell in love and later married, twice.) The fourth offers a critical perspective on the way in which scholarly interest in Lewis has developed over the last thirty years.

Essays and reviews include:

  • Narnia and the Seven Deadly Sins
  • The Wardrobe as Christian Metaphor
  • The Childlike in George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis
  • Making the Poor Best of Dull Things: C. S. Lewis as Poet
  • C. S. Lewis's The Quest of Bleheris as Poetic Prose
      • The Poetry of Prose: C. S. Lewis, Ruth Pitter, and Perelandra
      • Fire and Ice: C. S. Lewis and the Love Poetry of Joy Davidman and Ruth Pitter
      • Review of Shadowlands (film), directed by Richard Attenborough
  • Review of C. S. Lewis: A Companion and Guide
    • by Walter Hooper
    • Review of C. S. Lewis, Collected Letters (3 vols.), by Walter Hooper
    • Review of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs
    • A Review Essay on Recent Books on C. S. Lewis


    About the Author

    Don W. King has been professor of English at Montreat College since 1974 and has served as editor of the Christian Scholar's Review since 1999 (www.csreview.org). He has published scholarly articles in many journals and contributed articles on Lewis' poetry to The C. S. Lewis Readers' Encyclopedia and to C. S. Lewis—Life, Works, and Legacy. He has authored C. S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent State University Press, 2001), Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter (Kent State, 2008), and Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans, 2009). His forthcoming books include The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition (Kent State), Silent Music: The Letters of Ruth Pitter (University of Delaware Press), and Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans).



    ISBN: 9780891123903

    Pages: 342

    Dimensions (inches): 9 x 6

    Weight (pounds): 1.1

    Vendor: ACU Press

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