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Book Review: Alister McGrath’s biography of C.S. Lewis

Musings in the Middle...

“Lewis has made the most difficult transition an author can hope to make-being read by more people a generation after his death than before it.”

While it has now been more than 35 years since an undergraduate course called “The Inklings” introduced me to Clive Staples Lewis, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Dorothy Leigh Sayers, and Charles Walter Stansby Williams and their wonderful literary worlds which continue to bring enjoyment and, in true academic fashion, debate to millions of people, Alister McGrath, has brought back the memories of that class in his new biography of C.S. Lewis called, C.S. Lewis: A Life – Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet (Tyndale House Publishers).

Focusing on what he calls, based on a comment by Lewis’ friend Owen Barfield, “three C.S. Lewises,” McGrath with both a critical eye and an admiration for Lewis and his work, walks us through these “three Lewises” – a best selling…

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