Readers over the world delight in the Narnia tales, the adult novels, and the sparkling Christian apologetics of C. S. Lewis. His literary criticism continues to provoke and enlighten. Here now is an excellent map of Lewis' two worlds: his life and his imagination. In an appealing style unhampered by academic jargon, Hannay offers:
- a biographical sketch of a man haunted by longing--a man who progressed from arrogant dogmatism to gentleness; - concise summaries of each of the major works, including tantalizing quotations to entice the reader back to the original; - a survey of the major themes throughout his writing, which connect works as seemingly different from each other as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Screwtape Letters, and A Preface to Paradise Lost; - an analysis of his literary technique involving his allusive and compelling style.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"A superb introduction to Lewis's life and works -- thorough, reliable, insightful, and well-written."
Peter J. Schakel, Hope College
Margaret Patterson Hannay
Margaret Patterson Hannay, Professor of English at Siena College, has written biographies of Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke (Oxford UP), and of Lady Mary Wroth (Ashgate). She is the editor of As Her Whimsey Takes Her: Critical Essays on Dorothy L. Sayers, and author of numerous articles on Renaissance writers.