The Neglected C S Lewis: Exploring the Riches of His Most Overlooked Books
Readers who can quote word for word from C.S. Lewis's theological classic, Mere Christianity, or his science fiction novel, Perelandra, have often never read his work as a professional literary historian. They may not even recognize some of the neglected...
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Readers who can quote word for word from C.S. Lewis's theological classic, Mere Christianity, or his science fiction novel, Perelandra, have often never read his work as a professional literary historian. They may not even recognize some of the neglected works discussed, here. Mark Neal and Jerry Root have done students of Lewis a great service, tracing the signature ideas in Lewis's works of literary criticism and showing their relevance to Lewis's more familiar books. Their thorough research and lucid prose will be welcome to all who would like to understand Lewis more fully, but who feel daunted by books of such evident scholarly erudition. For example, when you read The Discarded Image on the ancients' view of the heavens, you understand better why Ransom has such unpleasant sensations when first descending toward Malacandra in Out of the Silent Planet. And when you come across Lewis's discussion in OHEL of a minor sixteenth-century poet who described the hellish River Styx as a "puddle glum," you can't help but chuckle at the name when you meet the famous Marshwiggle in The Silver Chair. These are just two examples of how reading the "Neglected Lewis" can help every reader understand Lewis more fully.
Mark Neal is the VP of digital marketing at a Chicago-based marketing firm and an independent C.S. Lewis scholar. He writes and publishes on Lewis as well as other topics.
Jerry Root (Ph.D., British Open University, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) has taught college and graduate courses on Lewis every year since 1980 as well as lecturing on Lewis throughout America and many other countries. He is a co–editor of The Quotable C. S. Lewis and also the author of C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme. He teaches at Wheaton College in Illinois and at Biola University in Southern California.