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Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, and later was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, where he remained until his death in 1963. He wrote numerous books of literary criticism and on Chistianity, the best-known being ‘The Screwtape Letters’, as well as four novels for adults.
Lewis (known as Jack to his friends) and his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, were part of the Inklings, an informal writers’ club that met at a local pub to discuss story ideas. Lewis’s fascination with fairy tales, myths and ancient legends, coupled with inspiration from his childhood, led him to write the seven Chronicles of Narnia. These were his only works for children, and they have become acknowledged classics of children’s literature. The best-known of these, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, began with a picture in Lewis’s head, at the age of 16, of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. It is now being made into a film by Walden Media, due for release in the latter part of 2005.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Narnia books are better- but these are definitely thought provoking. The question is: where are we going with our "progress"?Published 9 months ago by Karen Toepp
This is the second book in C.S. Lewis's amazing Space Trilogy. This book was written as a sequel to the immensely popular Out of the Silent Planet but Lewis also wrote it so that... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2006 by Steven R. McEvoy
'Out of the Silent Planet' is excellent, and the only decent book in the trilogy. It stands alone, so don't feel the need to read the other two books. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by F.
I loved "Out of the Silent Planet" and "That Hideous Strength". The only reason I didn't put down "Perelandra' halfway through was because I wanted to... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2002 by Danielle J. Whittaker
Perelandra is a magnificently documented and narrated story of the beginnings of the new world. The descriptions of the surroundings around the entire planet made me feel as if I... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2001 by Scott Hay
This is the second book in C.S. Lewis' popular Space Trilogy about the adventures of Dr. Ransom of Cambridge, which includes "Out of the Silent Planet,"... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by Carl A. Redman
This is the second volume of Lewis's space trilogy (begun in Out Of The Silent Planet and ending with That Hideous Strength) and an excellent one it is. Read morePublished on July 16 2001 by Peter Fennessy
Lewis' Ransom trilogy (OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET, PERELANDRA and THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH) ought to be read with his THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, if only to get the "inside track"... Read morePublished on April 4 2001 by john salonia