Book Review: The A-Z of C. S. Lewis

20 Feb

9780745955865-e1389803949134Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis’ works, from his literary criticism to Narnia.

C. S. Lewis’s work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work—his children’s stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis’s life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man—written in 1943 and described as “almost my favorite”—to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.

CDuriez-217Colin Duriez was for many years a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works relating to Tolkien such as The Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge).

My Impressions:

If you are a serious student of C. S. Lewis or just want to know more about this influential author — his life, works and thoughts, you need to get The A-Z of C. S. Lewis. Filled with everything you need to know, this book is a well-researched and exhaustive reference. It contains listings for the important people and places in Lewis’ life, the characters and settings of his major works, references to his essays and lectures and the basic beliefs he held. Duriez also includes a detailed bibliography including posthumous works and criticism and biography. This book is a great companion for all your Lewis reading. It certainly opened my eyes to a world beyond Narnia and Mere Christianity.

Recommended.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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