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.
A student preparing their graduation write-up once asked, “Mazzei, what’s your favourite quote? Something I won’t be embarrassed of writing in the yearbook ten years from now.” I stopped to ponder for a moment and then definitively answered, “Anything CS Lewis ever said. That pretty much covers all the bases.” No author has been a greater recipient of my fandom than CS Lewis. I even have a mug and to prove it.
When Colin Duriez’s comprehensive encyclopedia of everything CS Lewis landed on my doorstep, I had a fanatical reaction that I later described on Twitter as “Flashdance skipped across the kitchen ‘She’s a Maniac'” style, squealing for joy.” Not the most becoming or expected reaction for a fan of this literary great, but it does relate the enthusiasm with which I jumped in to this book.
The A-Z of CS Lewis is a wonderful companion to any of Lewis’ writings and to have at hand for personal study and investigation of his works, life, family, friends, and career. It also offers an inside look into the worlds he created, the creatures he imagined and the studies he delighted in. Conveniently alphabetized and concluded with a full bibliography of Lewis’s canon, Duriez leaves no stone unturned nor term unexplained so this reference will be equally useful for the Lewis novice or expert. Duriez’s definitions are concise and complete with cross-references to facilitate understanding of CS Lewis’ theology and literary criticism. Colin Duriez honours his subject with the diligence of his research.