Here are our favorite biographies and companion guides to C.S. Lewis’s work.
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6. C. S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life and Works
by Walter Hooper
C.S. Lewis was more complex than anyone knew. Luckily, a biography written by the literary advisor of his estate is available to us who want to know more behind the books. Hooper ties in the keys to understanding the story of C.S. Lewis in this guide. He writes of the early days, the loss of his mother, his struggle in the trenches of World War I, and everything in between. This guide will tell when he lost his faith, and how he later acquired it back “kicking and screaming.” This guide provides to picking down the psyche and story of Lewis, and how he became the well- known author and Christian we all think we know.
7. C. S. Lewis: A Biography,Revised Edition
by Walter Hooper and Roger Lancelyn Green
During his lifetime C.S. Lewis suggested to his friend, Roger Lancelyn Green, who was a fellow English scholar, that he would undertake his biography one day. After Lewis’s death in 1963 Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper were approached by several of Lewis’s friends, to write the biography. Warren Lewis, brother to Jack, contributed a great deal to the writing. The authors had at their disposal a vast collection of letters and diaries, as well as the recollections of many surviving family members and friends. Walter Hooper has enhanced the original text with additional material to provide a new, expanded edition which all C.S. Lewis fans will be keen to own.
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Image Credit: From the cover to the excellent book A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis by Devin Brown. Buy it now!)
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