Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. In many of the letters, Lewis is doing nothing more than asking his father for money, describing the binding of a new book he has recently purchased or apologizing for taking so long to write. The focus has shifted naturally, Lewis himself having changed from a child and adolescent and young adult to a settled man with a settled life settled house, settled job, settled faith. You have to attack this book with the right mindset. Walter Hooper has done a great service to all Lewis fans by publishing these three volumes of Lewis's collected letters.
In The Women of Easter, readers encounter the Savior in a fresh way through the lives of Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene. This first volume does contain a lot of excruciating details that one might call mundane. I was surprised as i flipped the page and discovered I had finished the letters themselves. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, Arthur C. This second of a three-volume collection contains the letters Lewis wrote after his conversion to Christianity, as he began a lifetime of serious writing. He also wrote my name again, which is super exciting! One last note: my edition is a paperbound one, bundled with Volume 1 1905-1931 and placed in a box. The reasons for his writing letters have shifted, as have the content thereof.
Of the three volumes, this is my favorite. To some particular friends, such as Dorothy L. I should begin this review with an important stipulation: I haven't finished the book yet. For one thing, there's always the possibility of a new letter turning up in someone's attic with a new detail, a new insight, into Lewis. Apparently England was in dire straits for a long time after the close of the war. This collection brings together the best of C.
Indeed, the pleasure of reading it is often looking up whatever Lewis thought about this or that author. By the way, I have been thinking about Biographies of Lewis's life and have always enjoyed dipping into George Sayer's Jack; the spirit of charity and the addition of personal anecdotes seems the best formula. Tolkien reads aloud chapters of his unfinished The Lord of the Rings, while Lewis shares portions of his first novel, Out of the Silent Planet. Lewis was married to poet. This is not a complaint though if I w Like Volume I before it, I found this an engrossing read. The Collected Letters of C.
In this great and important collection are the letters Lewis wrote to J. Black cloth; gilt lettered spine in black and colour pictorial dust-jacket - now in a clear protective sleeve. As a result, the joys of the first volume, which tended to be literary or artistic, have shifted to become more analytical and religious. It was a different time. The picture of Lewis that we get from reading his letters and diaries is not complete. There's all sorts of points of interest throughout this volume as the reader sees Lewis in his middle years of life. Ham was a particularly wonderful item to receive.
Clarke, Sheldon Vanauken, and Dom Bede Griffiths. The volume concludes with a letter describing an evening spent with J. The other reason this book is appealing is that it enables you to trace a seismic shift in Lewis's worldview. He even skipped the accent mark this time, so it's actually my name. This first volume of Family Letters: 1905-1931 covers Lewis's boyhood and early manhood, his army years, undergraduate life at Oxford and his election to a fellowship at Magdalen College. Lewis's letters - some published for the first time.
I used to think I was an intellectual for having read The Iliad and The Odyssey in their English translations. This collection, carefully chosen and arranged by Walter Hooper, is the most extensive ever published. That period covered more time than I would have expected. This collection brings together the best of C. The letters deal with all of Lewis's interests: theology, literary criticism, poetry, fantasy, children's stories as well as revealing his relationships with family members and friends. Lewis became an atheist when he was 13 years old and his dislike of Christianity is evident in many of his letters.
Arranged in chronological order, this is the first volume covering Family Letters: 1905-1931. Sayers, Owen Barfield, Arthur C. For another, there is the fact that quite a number of Lewis' letters were destroyed before he died, probably in an effort to preserve the privacy both of Lewis and those close to him who might have disclosed sensitive personal information to him. Here we encounter the creative, imaginative seeds that gave birth to some of his most famous works. But what is apparent throughout this volume is how this quiet bachelor professor in England touched the lives of many through an amazing discipline of personal correspondence.
The letters deal with all of Lewis's interests: theology, literary criticism, poetry, fantasy, children's stories as well as revealing his relationships with family members and friends. These letters will become an enduring part not only of Lewis's achievement, but also of Walter Hooper's achievement as exactly the right person to serve as the steward of Lewis's literary legacy. A major portion of this volume is in index type information. Cream cloth, silver lettered spine in blue and cream pictorial dust-jacket - now in a clear protective sleeve. This collection, carefully chosen and arranged by Walter Hooper, is the most extensive ever published.
This is a great cooling-off book as well. Hooper is a thorough and thoughtful editor,supplying ample footnotes and biographical sketches so that readers understand the context of the letters. Lewis became an atheist when he was 13 years old and his dislike of Christianity is evident in many of his letters. But I'm very happy to have read it. This is without a doubt one of the most enriching books I've ever read. Clarke, Sheldon Vanauken, and Dom Bede Griffiths. If I finish all three, it would be one of my proudest reading accomplishments.