A Reader's Guide to the Wardrobe
Step inside the wardrobe. . . . You may be surprised at what you find. ^^In C. S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund discover Narnia for the first time,...
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Step inside the wardrobe. . . . You may be surprised at what you find.
^^In C. S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund discover Narnia for the first time, precariously navigating their way through the unpredictable, enchanted world where beavers talk, a Witch turns people to stone, and a Lion rules as King.
For decades their adventure has captivated the imagination of both children and adults. Yet this first story in the Chronicles--and the story behind the story--still hold many surprises and unpredictable twists and turns.
In this interactive, informative book, literary expert Leland Ryken and Lewis scholar Marjorie Lamp Mead unlock the door to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, inviting you to step inside--deeper and deeper, past the musty fur coats--and gaze in wide-eyed wonder once again at the magical, wintery world Lucy first found.
A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe helps you examine the story from Lewis's point of view, shedding light on his imagination and use of literary forms. Even further, Mead and Ryken serve as your guides through this first Narnia adventure, providing an inside look at characters, setting and framework. Here is a book that will help you see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Lucy first saw Narnia--with fresh, new eyes, childlike wonder and anticipation for the adventure that lies ahead.
Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of more than one hundred published articles and essays, and he has written, edited or contributed to (so far) twenty-five books, including The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Crossway), The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing (Shaw), Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (InterVarsity Press), The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on Literature and Theory (Baker) and A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (Zondervan).
His most recent books have been on C.S.Lewis' works A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe and A Reader's Guide to Caspian: A Journey into C. S. Lewis's Narnia and Understanding English Bible Translation: The Case for an Essentially Literal Approach. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society and served as literary stylist for The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.
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Marjorie Lamp Mead (M.A., Wheaton College) has been associate director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, since 1977. She is editor (with Clyde S. Kilby) of Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of Major Warren Hamilton Lewis and (with Lyle W. Dorsett) of C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children. She has also written many articles and contributed numerous chapters to books--primarily on topics related to C. S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers. She is managing editor of Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review.Her most recent books have been on C.S.Lewis' works A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe and A Reader's Guide to Caspian: A Journey into C. S. Lewis's Narnia (with Leland Ryken).
- <strong>part 1: A Guided Tour Of <em>the Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe</em>
- 1. Lucy Looks Into The Wardrobe: How The Story Begins
- 2. What Lucy Found There: Discovering More About The Strange World
- 3. Edmund And The Wardrobe: Characterization
- 4. Turkish Delight: Archetypes
- 5. Back On This Side Of The Door: How Real Is Narnia?
- 6. Into The Forest: Worldmaking And The Storyteller's Art
- 7. A Day With The Beavers: The Good Place Motif
- 8. What Happened After Dinner: Images Of Good
- 9. In The Witch's House: Images Of Evil
- 10. The Spell Begins To Break: What Readers Like Best In A Story
- 11. Aslan Is Nearer: The Dynamics Of The Plot
- 12. Peter's First Battle: The Romance Genre
- 13. Deep Magic From The Dawn Of Time: The Uses Of Magic
- 14. The Triumph Of The Witch: Parallels To The Passion Story
- 15. Deeper Magic From Before The Dawn Of Time: The Genre Of Fairy Tale
- 16. What Happened About The Statues: The Role Of Myth
- 17. The Hunting Of The White Stag: The Happy Ending As Narrative Pattern And Spiritual Reality
- 18. Retrospective: Putting It All Together
- Photo Section
- <strong>part 2: Narnian Backgrounds</strong>
- 19. How The Narnian Books Came To Be
- 20. Reception History Of <em>the Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe</em>
- 21. The Christian Vision Of <em>the Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe</em>
- 22. A Brief Biography Of C. S. Lewis
- Appendix: What Is The Correct Order In Which To Read The Chronicles Of Narnia?
- Recommended Reading List
- Acknowledgments And Permissions