One of my all time favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. I absolutely love the way the man's brain worked. This book by Colin Duriez is one of the best reference books I have seen in a long time. In one small book he compiles pretty much everything you may want to know about the life and world, both fiction and non-fiction, of Lewis. Seriously, this book is amazing. The first part of the book has an alphabetical listing of anything and everything from Lewis' writings from complete and detailed descriptions to very well written definitions of words and phrases Lewis used. Duriez included things I never even thought about including. If there is a character in one of his books you want to know about, you can find it. If there is a specific word he uses and you are unsure what it really means, you can find it.
One of the best parts of the book is the second half. It is a complete bibliography of C.S.Lewis' writings. And I do mean complete! There is a complete list of his writings before he died, a posthumous list of his writings, as well as a wonderful list of books about C.S. Lewis himself.
I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have added to my personal library in a long time. My whole family was interested in it and I am sure we will use it often. if you are a true fan of his works, I think this is one book you should have!
About the Book:
A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis' works, from his literary criticism to Narnia.
C. S. Lewis's work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work-his children's stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis's life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man-written in 1943 and described as "almost my favorite"-to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.
You can purchase the book HERE!
About the Author:
Colin Duriez was for many years a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television's The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works relating to Tolkien such as The Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge).
I received a copy of the book for this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed here are my own!