Out of My Bone: the Letters and Autobiography of Joy Davidman  -     Edited By: Don W. King
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Out of My Bone: the Letters and Autobiography of Joy Davidman

Edited By: Don W. King
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2009 / Hardcover

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Letters have a way of revealing a person's spirit and personality more than straightforward biographical facts and figures. This is especially true of Joy Davidman, who late in life married C.S. "Jack" Lewis. Out of My Bone, edited by Don W. King presents a unqiue portrait of the woman who captured Lewis' heart. Her letters to friends, her first husband, Jack and family reveal her keen wit, critical mind and poetic soul. A must read for fans of Davidman's writing, or those inpsired by Joy and Jack's devotion. Includes her autobiographical essay "The Longest Way Round."

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 080286399X
ISBN-13: 9780802863997
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Although best known as the wife of C. S. Lewis, Joy Davidman was an accomplished writer in her own right, with several published works to her credit. Out of My Bone tells Davidman’s life story in her own words through her numerous letters -- most never published before -- and her autobiographical essay "The Longest Way Round."

Gathered and expertly introduced by Don W. King, these letters reveal Davidman's persistent search for truth, her curious, incisive mind, and her arresting, sharply penetrating voice. They chronicle her religious, philosophical, and intellectual journey from secular Judaism to atheism to Communism to Christianity. Her personal engagement with large issues offers key insights into the historical milieu of America in the 1930s and 1940s. Davidman also writes about the struggles of her earlier marriage to William Lindsay Gresham and of trying to reconcile her career goals with her life as mother of two sons. Most poignantly, perhaps, these letters expose Davidman’s mental, emotional, and spiritual state as she confronted the cancer that eventually took her life in 1960 at age 45.

Moving and riveting, Out of My Bone reveals anew the singular woman whom Lewis deeply loved and who influenced his later writings, especially Till We Have Faces.

Author Bio

Don W. King is professor of English at Montreat College and editor of Christian Scholar’s Review. He is the author of over sixty articles on C. S. Lewis, and his other books include C. S. Lewis, Poet and Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter.

Author Bio

Don W. King is professor of English at Montreat College and editor of Christian Scholar’s Review.He is the author of over 60 articles on C. S. Lewis, as well as C. S. Lewis, Poet and Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter.

Publisher Description

Though best known for being “Mrs. C. S. Lewis,” Joy Davidman was an accomplished writer in her own right with a fascinating story to tell. Out of My Bone tells this story in her own words through a collection of all her known letters — most previously unpublished — and her autobiographical essay “The Longest Way Round.”

These letters reveal Davidman’s persistent search for truth, her curious, incisive mind, and her clear and unique voice. They chronicle her religious, philosophical, and intellectual journey from secular Judaism to atheism to Communism to Christianity. Davidman discusses not only her marriage to Lewis, but her struggles in her earlier marriage, trying to reconcile her career goals with family life. Perhaps most intriguingly, especially for those familiar with Davidman through Shadowlands, these letters allow readers a glimpse into her confrontation — mental, emotional, and spiritual — with the cancer that eventually took her life.

This captivating collection reveals with rare insight the woman who inspired Lewis’s later writings, including Surprised by Joy and Till We Have Faces.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Inklings Studies
“In this delightful and beautifully produced volume, Prof. King introduces, presents and unobtrusively annotates Davidman’s collected letters, which span a period of twenty-four years, from 1936 to her death in 1960. . . . The portrait Davidman’s letters paint is scintillating and many-layered, and displays the entire palette of a mind that Lewis justly described as ‘lithe and quick and muscular as a leopard’. Don King’s clear introduction and apparatus, and his pertinent, learned and unobtrusive annotations, make this a volume equally useful to the scholar and the general reader. It cannot be recommended warmly enough.”

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