The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1: Family Letters, 1905-1931

The Collected Letters of C S Lewis Volume Family Letters The life and mind of C S Lewis have fascinated those who have read his works This collection of his personal letters reveals a unique intellectual journey The first of a three volume collection this

  • Title: The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1: Family Letters, 1905-1931
  • Author: C.S. Lewis Walter Hooper
  • ISBN: 9780060727635
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The life and mind of C S Lewis have fascinated those who have read his works This collection of his personal letters reveals a unique intellectual journey The first of a three volume collection, this volume contains letters from Lewis s boyhood, his army days in World War I, and his early academic life at Oxford Here we encounter the creative, imaginative seeds that gThe life and mind of C S Lewis have fascinated those who have read his works This collection of his personal letters reveals a unique intellectual journey The first of a three volume collection, this volume contains letters from Lewis s boyhood, his army days in World War I, and his early academic life at Oxford Here we encounter the creative, imaginative seeds that gave birth to some of his most famous works.At age sixteen, Lewis begins writing to Arthur Greeves, a boy his age in Belfast who later becomes one of his most treasured friends Their correspondence would continue over the next fifty years In his letters to Arthur, Lewis admits that he has abandoned the Christian faith I believe in no religion, he says There is absolutely no proof for any of them Shortly after arriving at Oxford, Lewis is called away to war Quickly wounded, he returns to Oxford, writing home to describe his thoughts and feelings about the horrors of war as well as the early joys of publication and academic success.In 1929 Lewis writes to Arthur of a friend ship that was to greatly influence his life and writing I was up till 2 30 on Monday talking to the Anglo Saxon professor Tolkien who came back with me to College and sat discoursing of the gods and giants Asgard for three hours Gradually, as Lewis spends time with Tolkien and other friends, he admits in his letters to a change of view on religion In 1930 he writes, Whereas once I would have said, Shall I adopt Christianity , I now wait to see whether it will adopt me The Collected Letters of C S Lewis, Volume I offers an inside perspective to Lewis s thinking during his formative years Walter Hooper s insightful notes and biographical appendix of all the correspondents make this an irreplaceable reference for those curious about the life and work of one of the most creative minds of the modern era.

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    1. CS Lewis' Letters 1905-1931 serve as a good record of CS Lewis' early life, along with his diary from about the same period, published as "All My Roads Before Me." Obviously, this volume is not for the casual Lewis reader, and it is good to have a Lewis biography or two handy whenever reading a letter. Nor is it a book one would read from cover to cover unless for some special project. But if you're big on CS Lewis quotes and want to see the full context for some of them, or perhaps you'd like t [...]

    2. I love Lewis's epistolary style; it's such a pleasure to read, especially in this age where the art of letter writing has been lost. What I've taken away from this volume is an appreciation for how well-read Lewis was. I got an idea of the kinds of books he enjoyed, and his opinions on many authors & poets. He committed MUCH poetry & literature to memory, and he frequently quoted lines in his letters. I was very impressed at his lingual abilities as well. The volume also gives a view of [...]

    3. It's taken me quite a while to read this wonderful book, since I have been reading it pretty much every night once I get into bed. Generally, nowadays, that means a page or two followed by a plunge into sleep. But it's been fascinating to learn about the brilliant man's early years, from his own letters and without any of the rethinking and shaping that went into a book like Surprised by Joy. Here Lewis is not telling a story, but talking to his friends, his brother, and his father, from the age [...]

    4. I made two discoveries as I worked my way through all these letters: the first that the word "snarky" was around far earlier than I thought. (Lewis uses it.) And the second that I like Lewis best like this, when he's writing letters to family and close friends. I still enjoy Narnia and I still like arguing with his apologetics, but the man who shines here seems even more real. I think I appreciate C.S. "Jack" Lewis much more now--from what he went through in school and in WWI to his difficulties [...]

    5. This is a great look into the early life of C. S. Lewis. By the time you finish the first volume you will feel like he is an old friend.

    6. Walter Hooper is a wonderful editor. He must know everything about C.S. Lewis there is to know. His insertions are helpful and all the notes explain quite adequately innumerable minutiae that I can't think how he found out unless he was crazy about Jack.Reading this first volume is truly like being invited into the skype conversations of C.S. Lewis. He knew how to writeinterestingletters. He talks about faith, philosophy, literature, and the bills he continued to ring up from his father while at [...]

    7. Sometimes I'm afraid that if I learn too much about C.S. Lewis, I won't like him so much anymore. That fear has yet to be realized. So far, the more I learn about him, the more I love him. He wasn't perfect, of course, and I wouldn't recommend these books to anyone who's not already a big fan, but I loved learning more of his personality through his own writing and seeing how he developed over the years. It's definitely important to keep in mind that he wasn't the famous author so many people ad [...]

    8. There's no better letter writer that I have read at least. What a mind C.S. Lewis had! Many of his letters I consider truly literary pieces. Love particularly his descriptions of his walking tours and of his depictions of people. Even when I don't "get it" because much of what he is writes is "inside info" to friends or family, I still find something out of it. Of course, it helps to be a die hard Lewis fan since I was a child (now 51). If this is your first intro to Lewis, you probably won't ge [...]

    9. Reading an unabridged collection of letters is an odd experience. It is about 1000 pages long (and this is the first of a three volume set), and much of that is uninteresting, merely arranging details about when he will be coming and going, or reporting the latest cold, or mentioning inside jokes-- I really was glad I could skim. But over the course of it Lewis makes friends, goes to school, reads books, becomes an atheist, grows up, goes to war, becomes an English professor, buries his father a [...]

    10. Found this one on one of the ebook bargain sites along with the others which I didn't purchase. What was I thinking?!! Anyway, I did get the first volume and have now finished it. Almost 1100 pages in print!A review on someone's personal letters isn't possible or needed. The only review item might be the arrangement or choice of material. Chronological works fine and not having access to all the material available I have to trust that Mr, Hooper acted in good faith in this project. He has added [...]

    11. This book--for obvious reasons--will appeal more to people who enjoy letter-writing as a form in itself. As someone who does, I have a possible leg-up on enjoying this collection. A purebred C.S.Lewis fan might not enjoy the book as much, because this is Lewis in his youth: i.e. before Narnia, before he became a famous author, before he was a Christian apologist; indeed, for much of this collection, before he had become a Christian at all.On the other hand--and this is where I fit in--you can't [...]

    12. The letters by a younger C.S. Lewis can get pretty repetitive, as they are almost all between just three people (his brother, his father, and his oldest friend Arthur Greeves) and tend to be more about day to day minutiae - which, while interesting in its own way, pales in comparison with the almost constant consideration of lofty subject matter in his later correspondence. Nevertheless (especially in about the latter third) the reader can see a fascinating look the development of Lewis' tempera [...]

    13. I confess I haven't read the entire book--it's over 1000 pages, average reading time on Kindle is 26 hours, and someone really needs to know a lot about C.S. Lewis and the times and places in which he lived to understand it all. But I have enjoyed reading random letters, especially from his early years. I was amazed at his vocabulary, knowledge, and writing ability even in childhood. He was extremely well-read and had a classical, liberal-arts education.

    14. These were personal letters of C.S. Lewis starting when he was 16 and onward. I only got about one quarter through the book then I felt like I was invading his personal space. I kept thinking ~ would I want my personal letters to my sister and dear friends published for the world to see? No, I say I wouldn't. So I put the book down.

    15. A fascinating and engaging read. Although the substance of Volume 1 in many ways is not as rich as the substance of Volumes 2 and 3 (owing largely to the fact that 2 and 3 are after Lewis' conversion to Christianity), nevertheless the letters are intriguing.

    16. Difficult start but well worth staying with as you see the development of CSL through his early years and to the place of his conversion to Christianity. Much of what he wrote is better seen and understood in light of these letters.

    17. Makes me want to look up all the books and music that he recommended! really inspires a love for reading.

    18. Lewis could be egotistical and misogynistic, but his struggle with his flaws and to find his faith made me love him all the more!

    19. Three books that make you feel you really know the man. He was a correspondant I can only dream of and wrote even to people he did not like very much.

    20. I won't write much about this book except to say that the only way to enjoy it is to be REALLY interested in C. S. Lewis (which I am). It shows the bad, the ugly, and the good.

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