C. S. Lewis Resources

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Where to Go from Here: A Suggested List of Essential Books about C. S. Lewis

If you’d like to know more about C. S. Lewis, you’ll find a dizzying array of possibilities.  To help make sense of it all, we suggest the following list of resources, arranged topically.  First and foremost, Walter Hooper’s masterful C. S. Lewis: A Companion and Guide will offer you the most comprehensive single-volume reference available, and without question offers the C. S. Lewis enthusiast the best place to start.

To augment Hooper’s Companion and Guide, we suggest Douglas R. Gilbert and Clyde S. Kilby’s C. S. Lewis: Images of His World for its pictures and personal accounts, Colin Duriez’s The C. S. Lewis Chronicles, a book-length timeline of Lewis’s life, and Jeffrey D. Schultz, and John G. West, Jr.’s The C. S. Lewis Reader’s Encyclopedia, which contains hundreds of largely helpful (if sometimes uneven) entries on all aspects of Lewis’s published writings.  Janine Goffar’s C. S. Lewis Index provides an almost-exhaustive Lewis concordance, offering invaluable aid to those who search for certain topics in his work or who hunt the sources of half-remembered quotations.

For biographies of Lewis’s life try George Sayer’s Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis or Walter Hooper and Roger Lancelyn Green’s authorized C. S. Lewis: A Biography.  Diana Pavlac Glyer’s The Company they Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community represents the finest available account of the Inklings, the writing group in which many of Lewis’s books (and those of his close friend J. R. R. Tolkien) first found an audience.

Should you want to pursue Lewis’s writings in depth, consider the following.  Paul F. Ford’s Companion to Narnia stands apart in both depth and breadth of coverage of the Chronicles of Narnia.  David C. Downing’s Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy will guide those interested in Lewis’s science fiction, while Peter Schakel’s Reason and Imagination in C. S. Lewis and Doris Myer’s Bareface both take on Lewis’s last and most hauntingly beautiful novel, Till We Have Faces.  Thomas Howard’s C .S. Lewis: Man of Letters looks at Lewis’s fiction as a whole, while Don W. King’s C. S. Lewis, Poet:The Legacy of his Poetic Impulse comprehensively explores Lewis’s poetry.

For a theological background of Lewis’s thought, we suggest you turn either to Clyde S. Kilby’s The Christian World of C. S. Lewis or to Will Vaus’s Mere Theology.

Finally, you want to read more accounts of how Lewis’s life and work changed lives, consider the following list of books of memoirs and recollections by those who knew Lewis personally.

Brothers and Friends by Warren H. Lewis (Lewis’s brother’s diary entries about CSL)

Owen Barfield on C. S. Lewis by Owen Barfield (One of Lewis’s closest friends)

Light on C. S. Lewis edited by Jocelyn Gibb (Lewis’s publisher; contains accounts of several of Lewis’s friends)

Lenten Lands and Jack’s Life by Douglas H. Gresham (Lewis’s stepson)

C. S. Lewis: Memories and Reflections by John Lawlor (A former student)

Remembering C. S. Lewis edited by James Como (includes several former colleagues and students)

In Search of C. S. Lewis edited by Stephen Schofield
We Remember C. S. Lewis edited by David Graham

C. S. Lewis Remembered edited by Hal Poe

C. S. Lewis, My Godfather: Letters, Photos and Recollections by Laurence Harwood

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Books by C. S. Lewis:

Categorically and chronologically arranged

  • Letters, Diaries, Autobiographical Books
    • All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis, 1922-1927
    • Surprised By Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
    • A Grief Observed
    • Letters of C. S. Lewis
    • Letters to an American Lady
    • They Stand Together :The Letters of C. S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves
    • Letters to Children
    • The Latin Letters of C. S. Lewis: C. S. Lewis and Don Giovanni Calabria
    • The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volumes I, II, III (1)
    • Yours,  Jack: Spiritual Direction from C. S. Lewis (2)
  • Fiction and Poetry
    • Novels and Stories
      • Boxen: The Imaginative World  of the Young C. S. Lewis
      • The “Ransom” (or “Cosmic” or “Space”) Trilogy
        • Out of the Silent Planet
        • Perelandra
        • That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-tale for Grown-ups
        • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
        • The Dark Tower: And Other Stories
    • Fairy Tales (The Chronicles of Narnia)
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
      • Prince Caspian
      • The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”
      • The Silver Chair
      • The Horse and His Boy
      • The Magician’s Nephew
      • The Last Battle
    • Speculative / Theological  Fiction
      • The Pilgrim’s Regress
      •  The Screwtape Letters
      • The Great Divorce: A Dream
    • Poetry
      • Spirits in Bondage
      • Dymer
      • Poems
      • The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis (3)
      • Narrative Poems
  • Popular Theology
    • The Problem of Pain
    • The Abolition of Man
    • George MacDonald: An Anthology
    • Miracles: A Preliminary Study
    • Mere Christianity
    • Reflections on the Psalms
    • The Four Loves
    • Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
  • Essays, Addresses
    • The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses
    • The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays
    • They Asked for a Paper: Papers and Addresses
    • Screwtape Proposes a Toast: And Other Pieces
    • Christian Reflections
    • God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
    • On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature
    • Present Concerns
    • Essay Collection: Faith, Christianity and the Church
    • Essay Collection: Literature, Philosophy and Short Stories (4)
  • Scholarly Works
    • The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
    • The Personal Heresy: A Controversy
    • A Preface to “Paradise Lost”
    • English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama
    • Studies in Words
    • An Experiment in Criticism
    • The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
    • Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
    • Spenser’s Images of Life
    • Selected Literary Essays
    • On Stories, and Other Essays on Literature
    • Studies in Words
  • Quotations, Selections of Readings
    • A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis
    • The Joyful Christian: 127 Readings from C. S. Lewis
    • The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis
    • Visionary Christian: 131 Readings from C.S. Lewis
    • The Essential C. S. Lewis
    • The Quotable Lewis
    • Readings for Meditation and Reflection
    • A Year with C. S. Lewis
    • Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian

(1) In the three volumes of the Collected Letters, Walter Hooper has exhaustively gathered every letter available at the time of publication, including those contained in the five books of letters listed above them.

(2) In this one volume, Paul F. Ford has culled and thematically arranged selections from the Collected Letters.

(3) Though not commercially available in the U.S., Collected Poems gathers the contents of Poems and Spirits in Bondage along with a previously-unavailable “Miscellany” of seventeen poems.

(4) Though not commercially available in the U.S., the two volumes of Essay Collections represent the most complete and convenient gathering of Lewis’s essays and include nearly all essays in the eight books listed above them.

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