Into the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles   -     By: David C. Downing
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Into the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles

John Wiley & Sons / 2005 / Hardcover

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In this engaging and insightful book, C.S. Lewis expert David C. Downing invites readers to join his vivid exploration of The Chronicles of Narnia, offering a detailed look at the enchanting stories themselves and also focusing on the extraordinary intellect and imagination of the man behind the Wardrobe. Downing presents each Narnia book as its own little wardrobe - each tale an opportunity to discover a visionary world of bustling vitality, sparkling beauty, and spiritual clarity.

In addition, Downing's examination of C.S. Lewis's personal life shows how the content of these classic children's books reflects Lewis's love of wonder and story, his affection for animals and homespun things, his shrewd observations about human nature, along with his vast reading, robust humor, theological speculations, medieval scholarship, and arcane linguistic jokes. A fun glossary of odd and invented words will allow readers to speak with Narnian flair, regaling friends and family with unusual words such as cantrips, poltroonery, hastilude, and skirling. This masterful work will appeal to both new and seasoned fans of Narnia, extending the journey beyond Narnia's deceptively simple surface and into its richly textured and unexpected depths.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0787978906
ISBN-13: 9780787978907
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 06/25/15.

Author Bio

David C. Downing is a leading C. S. Lewis expert, award-winning author, and professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His articles about Lewis have appeared in such publications as Christianity Today, Christianity and Literature, Books & Culture, Christian Scholars Review, and numerous other journals. His books include Planets in Peril, about the Space Trilogy; The Most Reluctant Convert, a biography of Lewis that was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of the Year by the American Library Association; and Into the Region of Awe, a study of the mystical elements in Lewis's life and writings.

Editorial Reviews

“…in this volume, C.S.Lewis’ biography is givenconcisely, yet thoroughly…before you go to the movies thiswinter to see the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, read thisbook…” (The Eternal Night, 13thDecember 2005).

“…a masterful work that will appeal to both new andseasoned fans of Narnia, ‘Into the Wardrobe’ offers ajourney beyond Narnia’s deceptively simple surface and intoits richly textured and unexpected depths.”(, 13th December 2005)

“…fluent and mature…” (ChurchTimes, 9th December 2005)

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