Conversations, News, VOLUME 12

Harry Lee Poe – Becoming C.S. Lewis – Podcast Interview

Harry Lee Poe interviewOne of this week’s best new book releases is:

Becoming C. S. Lewis (1898–1918), Volume 1:
A Biography of Young Jack Lewis
Harry Lee Poe

Hardback: Crossway, 2019
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Book Description:

The writings of C. S. Lewis cannot be fully understood apart from a grasp of his formative adolescent years. Unfortunately, many biographies speed over this important season of Lewis’s life.

Slowing down to focus on his younger years, this detailed portrait of “Jack” Lewis helps us discover seeds of what would inform his later writings―such as his delight in literature, his key relationships, his suffering and struggles, and his intense pursuit of joy.

The chapters unfold the habits and tastes he developed while at boarding school, in college, and in the army, revealing where we see these themes appear in his works―bringing to life the man readers have come to know as C. S. Lewis. Volume 1 in a trilogy offering a comprehensive view of the life of C. S. Lewis.


Listen to a podcast interview
about this book with Harry Lee Poe,
from the All About Jack podcast:


How well do you know C.S. Lewis? You probably don’t know Jack as well as you think, until you know his early life. Or more accurately, nearly all of Lewis’ interests and tastes were formed in his first twenty years. That is the new book by Dr. Harry Lee (Hal) Poe, entitled Becoming C.S. Lewis examines these early years and shows how his youth influenced his later life and writings. This podcast interview features Dr. Poe explaining how he came to write this book (the first of three) and why knowing Jack Lewis (his friends called him “Jack”) is best understood by exploring his formative years.

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Streaming audio available
through the Podbean link above…


C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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