Friday, March 7, 2014

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis: An Encyclopedia of his life, thought and writings by Colin Duriez (Litfuse Blog Tour)

About the Book:   A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings
Published 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.

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About the Author: 

Colin 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).
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My thoughts:
This is a very comprehensive book covering all areas of the life of C.S. Lewis.  As a reader I am only familiar with his seven books about or connected to Narnia.  I had no idea that he had such a large body of work outside of those books for children.  This book is set up alphabetically, so you can read it from beginning to end or easily go directly to the topic you wish to learn more about.  It was interesting to see how many people touched his life and his belief system.  I could tell that a lot of research went into the making and writing of this book.  This would be especially  helpful to those wishing to do further research or write school reports about the author and his life.  I have to admit, I was expecting a book that elaborated or gave even more detail and depth to the world of Narnia, since that is where I first came in contact with Lewis and his writing, but this created a much more well rounded and fleshed out study of the man behind that magical kingdom.   

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