Here are our favorite C.S. Lewis biographies and companion guides to his work.
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2. The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
by Alan Jacobs
Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the story of the original Narnian. From Lewis’s childhood days in Ireland playing with his brother, Warnie, to his horrific experiences in the trenches during World War I, to his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien (and other members of the “Inklings”), and his remarkable late-life marriage to Joy Davidman, Jacobs traces the events and people that shaped Lewis’s philosophy, theology, and fiction. The result is much more than a conventional biography of Lewis: Jacobs tells the story of a profound and extraordinary imagination. For those who grew up with Narnia, or for those just discovering it, The Narnian tells a remarkable tale of a man who knew great loss and great delight, but who knew above all that the world holds far more richness and meaning than the average eye can see.
3. A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis
by Devin Brown
But this book is different. It is the story of Jack’s real and true life- not the mere flash of the firefly in the infinite darkness of time that is our momentary life in this world, but the one he left this world to begin- and how he came to attain it. Brown helpfully works his way through the dross and difficulties of Jack’s earthly life in search of every factor, every influence, every event, and all of the people who showed Jack where the narrow path lay and taught him where it led.