Book Review: The Neglected C. S. Lewis, by Mark Neal and Jerry Root
When most people think of C. S. Lewis, they think of his fiction works like The Chronicles of Narnia or his space trilogy. They might also think of his theological or apologetic writings such as Mere Christianity. But chances are good that very few people would consider his works of literary criticism.
In their book, The Neglected C. S. Lewis, authors Mark Neal and Jerry Root, examine eight of Lewis’s works of literary criticism. Their goal in this volume is to help readers gain a greater understanding of C. S. Lewis as a person. They also want to introduce the reader to books that will in turn lead to other authors of which one might not be aware. The eight books they examine also reveal the development of many of Lewis’s most important ideas. As the authors explain, “In these books that make up The Neglected C. S. Lewis one encounters an open door into a body of literature that leads out of the self and into a wider world.”
While well written, the book is not easily digested. It reads like a college textbook and will require pondering and consideration. You will discover new dimensions of Lewis that you were not aware previously.
I received an ebook edition of this book for free from the author in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.