C.S. Lewis' Letters to Children (Paperback)
By Lyle W. Dorsett and Marjorie Lamp Mead
In his life, C.S. Lewis received thousands of letters from young fans who were eager for more knowledge of his bestselling Narnia books and their author. Here are collected responses to those letters, in which he shares his feelings about writing, school, animals and, of course, Narnia. Lewis writes to the children – as he wrote for them – with understanding and respect, proving why he remains one of the best-loved children's authors of all time.
“Reading C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children one establishes or renews an appreciation for an author who never became “elderly” in his creativity or Christianity. Faith and imagination kept part of him a perennial and delightful child.” – The Christian Science Monitor
“Feel grumpy? Feel old? Read C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children. You can do it in one sitting, and when you stand up you’ll feel better, much better.” – The Baltimore Sun
About the Author
C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than 30 books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.
Born in Belfast in 1898, Lewis served in Britain’s armed forces during World War I and was wounded in the Battle of Arras. He was privately tutored until being awarded a scholarship to Oxford, where he later taught English literature for 29 years. During this time he evolved from the atheism of his teens to Christianity, citing the influence of his close friendship with fellow professors J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. Lewis married late in life (at age 58) to Joy Davidman Gresham, an American writer fifteen years his junior, and finished out his career at Cambridge in 1958. He died in 1963 and is buried under a stone bearing the inscription "Men must endure their going hence."
His many contributions to literature include “Chronicles of Narnia,” “Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” “C.S. Lewis’ Letter to Children” and his “Space Trilogy.”
About the Editors
Dr. Lyle W. Dorsett received his B.A. in history (1960) and M.A. in history (1962) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1965). He has taught at the Universities of Missouri, Southern California, Colorado and Denver, as well as Wheaton College. In 2005, he moved to Birmingham, Ala., to become the Billy Graham professor of evangelism at Beeson Divinity School. He is a prolific author whose works include three on C.S. Lewis, plus a biography of Lewis’ wife. Dorsett and his wife Mary have two children and four grandchildren.
Marjorie Lamp Mead is associate director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College and managing editor of SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review. She holds an M.A. in biblical and theological studies from Wheaton College and lives with her husband Steve in Wheaton, Ill. They have one son and one grandson.
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Copyright: 1985
- Publisher: Scribner (June 3, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684823721
- ISBN-13: 978-0684823720
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
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