Gibson's scholarly but highly readable study, written for those who already enjoy Lewis's fiction, will enhance understanding and appreciation both of the stories themselves and of their literary and theological aspects. He examines Lewis's masterful story-telling techniques and conversational style, anyalyzes plot structure and point of view, and traces the development of main characters through the action and narrative. He also defines and discusses the important themes in Lewis's work -- the nature of divinity, the nature of evil, and the virtuous life.
Throughout his study, Gibson sees Lewis as both poet and logician -- a poet for his ability to portray the delightful landscapes of his stories, and a logician for his carefully structured story-telling technique. He is, as Gibson clearly shows, a first-rate craftsman -- indeed, a spinner of tales.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"A perceptive study which is an ideal overview of Lewis's fiction for the beginner but has many insights which will delight those who have read and studied Lewis for years. Dr. Gibson's writing is clear and enjoyable, and he has studied Lewis's work carefully and profitably."
-- Richard L. Purtill
Evan K. Gibson
Evan K. Gibson (1908-1993) received a PhD in English Literature from University of Washington, and then taught English literature at Oregon State University and Seattle Pacific University where he charied the English department. He wrote many articles, as well as fiction and poetry, for scholarly and religious periodicals. After retirement he devoted much time to wrting and lecturing out of his interest in C. S. Lewis.