Into the wardrobe : C.S. Lewis and the Narnia chronicles / David C. Downing.

Downing, David C. [Browse]
1st ed.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2005], ©2005.
xvii, 238 pages ; 23 cm


Summary note
"Published in the early 1950s, C. S. Lewis's seven Chronicles of Narnia were proclaimed instant children's classics and have been hailed in The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature as "the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author." But how could Lewis - a formidable critic, scholar, and Christian apologist - conjure up the kind of adventures in which generations of children (and adults) take such delight? 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. And 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 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-206) and index.
  • A. C. S. Lewis time line
  • Introduction : the child as father of the man
  • 1. The life of C. S. Lewis
  • 2. The genesis of Narnia
  • 3. The spiritual vision of the Narnia Chronicles
  • 4. Moral psychology
  • 5. Classical and medieval elements
  • 6. What's in a Narnian name?
  • 7. Lewis's literary artistry.
0787978906 (alk. paper)
International Article Number
  • 9780787978907
C - S
Statement on language in description
Princeton University Library aims to describe library materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we manage. Read more...

Supplementary Information