Compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.
For more than half a century, C. S. Lewis's Narnia series has captured the imagination of millions. In C. S. LEWIS: A LIFE, Dr Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely legacy of this Oxford don, who spent his days teaching medieval English Literature and his nights writing a bestselling fantasy series for children.
To write this biography McGrath studied all of Lewis's correspondence and archival materials in chronological order, so as to illuminate afresh this much-loved author's life. Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the timing of Lewis's shift from atheism to theism and Christianity. This definitive biography paints a portrait of a deeply original thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.
Accessible and engaging, this is a fascinating portrayal of a creative genius who continues to inspire millions of readers around the world.
To the question of whether the world really needs another biography of C. S. Lewis, McGrath's lucid and unsentimental portrait of the Christian champion responds with a resounding "yes." The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death, and times have changed and evangelical sentiments have matured. McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography. The author takes us headlong into the heart of a Lewis we've known little about: his unconventional affair with Mrs. Jane Moore; his hostile and deceptive relationship with his father; his curiosity about the sensuality of cruelty. McGrath navigates the reader through these messy themes, ultimately landing us onto the solid ground of Lewis's postconversion legacy. He shows with skill, sympathy, dispassion, and engaging prose that Lewis, like the rest of us, did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. But he got over it, as must all those who would prefer a Lewis without shadows.Many of us thought we knew most of what there was to know about C. S. Lewis. Alister McGrath's new biography makes use of archives and other material that clarify, deepen and further explain the many sides of one of Christianity's most remarkable apologists. This is a penetrating and illuminating study.Alister McGrath's new biography of C. S. Lewis is excellent. It's filled with information based on extensive scholarship but is nonetheless extremely readable. It not only devotes great attention to the formation and character of Lewis the man, it offers incisive and balanced analyses of all his main literary works. Lewis's impact on me was profound and lasting, and Dr McGrath clearly explains why so many believers and Christians leaders today would say the same thing.A welcome addition to the biographical literature on C. S. Lewis, which includes several valuable new perspectives. McGrath's book will gain a permanent position in Lewis scholarship for his brilliant and, to my mind, undeniable re-dating of Lewis's conversion to Theism. How we all missed this for so long is astonishing!Alister McGrath sheds new light on the incomparable C. S. Lewis. This is an important book.This biography is the one Lewis's admirers - especially those who, like him, believe that books are to be read and enjoyed - should prefer to all others.There have been plenty of biographies of Lewis - I once wrote one myself - but I do not think there has been a better one than Alister McGrath's.If you're looking for a lively, general introduction to this multitalented thinker and writer, Alister McGrath's new biography is a good place to start.Those of us who have been changed for ever by Lewis's introduction to vanished worlds must be grateful for this sympathetic and thorough account.It weaves in a thoughtful, erudite lit-crit appraisal of the writings, plus an unabashed serenade for Lewis's theologyNot only has McGrath produced a lively and robustly researched work recounting the life of Lewis, he shares his subject's ability to reach out to a popular audience in communicating the message of faith evident in the lives of both.
Alister McGrath gives us much food for thought in this dutiful, sound and worthy book.
As a Lewis fan I found this book compelling, engrossing and illuminating. Certainly a worthy edition to any Lewis collection, and the perfect contribution to understanding the man in this, the fiftieth anniversary of his death.
McGrath is a clear-eyed, learned companion. His analysis of the Narnia books is illuminating....it leaves the reader marvelling at the joy and wonder that inhabit the Narnia books:that enchanting glimpse into something beautiful and eternal.
Alister McGrath writing on Why C. S. Lewis created Narnia on We Love This Book
Interview with McGrath on Aslan Christian Books:
Scrupulously researched and accesible to the general reader... Dr McGrath is able to add to the story much compelling detail on how and why Lewis is a source of religious inspiration to millions. "McGrath's illuminating book has benefited from access to recently released archive material that throws new light on Lewis's unconventional affair with Irish divorcee Jane Moore, his life at Oxford and his conversion to ChristianityDid a round up of all of the other reviews as opposed to an actual reviewMcGrath is a clear eyed and learned companion. His analysis of the Narnia books is illuminating... it leaves the reader marvelling at the joy and wonder that inhabit the Narnia books: that enchanted glimpse into something beautiful and eternal
This is altogether a very fine book and a welcome addition
The definitive biography of an influencial writer whose star burns far brighter now than it ever did in his lifetime
A RE-ISSUE of the Evening Standard review
The Guardian review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/08/lewis-genius-prophet-mcgrath-review - no quotes as pretty scathinghttp://stuck-in-a-book.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=mcgrath mention of the book with promised reviewNot only has McGrath produced a lively and robustly researched work recounting the life of Lewis, he shares his subject's ability to reach out to a popular audience in communicating the message of faith evident in the lives of both.Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College London, and head of its Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion.
Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death.From a writer and academic similar to Lewis in many ways, and thus ideally placed to write this book.Of broad appeal to both Christian and general markets.Includes many black and white photos, maps and drawings to illustrate Lewis's life.