Plain to the Inward Eye:
Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis

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Don W. King

ISBN 978-0-89112-390-3

288 ppg

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A collection of essays by a career C . S . Lewis scholar on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death.

C. S. Lewis scholar Don W. King has kept a critical eye on the work by and about Lewis for four decades. Now, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death, King has put together a collection of his essays and critical reviews organized around four areas. The first deals mainly with what will perhaps be Lewis's longest lasting legacy--his Chronicles of Narnia. The second deals with Lewis's poetry, a neglected area of his work. The third focuses on Lewis and the two women poets with whom he had lasting relationships: Ruth Pitter and Joy Davidman. (Lewis and Davidman eventually fell in love and later married, twice.) The fourth offers a critical perspective on the way in which scholarly interest in Lewis has developed over the last thirty years.

Essays and reviews include:

About the Author

DON W. KING has been professor of English at Montreat College since 1974 and has served as editor of the Christian Scholar's Review since 1999 ( He has published scholarly articles in many journals and contributed articles on Lewis' poetry to The C. S. Lewis Readers' Encyclopedia and to C. S. Lewis--Life, Works, and Legacy. He has authored C. S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent State University Press, 2001), Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter (Kent State, 2008), and Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans, 2009). His forthcoming books include The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition (Kent State), Silent Music: The Letters of Ruth Pitter (University of Delaware Press), and Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans).