Becoming C. S. Lewis, Volume 1: A Biography of Young Jack Lewis

Becoming C. S. Lewis, Volume 1: A Biography of Young Jack Lewis

by Harry Lee Poe


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This unique biography reveals how C. S. Lewis's adolescent years shaped his later writing—tracing themes such as his delight in literature, his key relationships, his suffering and struggles, and his intense pursuit of joy. Volume 1 of a new trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433562730
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 368,704
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Harry Lee Poe (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the Charles Colson University Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University, where he has taught a course on C. S. Lewis for over fifteen years. He is the author of The Inklings of Oxford and C. S. Lewis Remembered, as well as numerous articles. Poe hosts regular Inklings Weekend retreats and is a speaker on Lewis at major libraries worldwide.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

1 Young Jack Lewis at Wynyard School: 1908-1910 15

2 Off to Malvern: 1910-1914 53

3 Making a Friend: Spring 1914 93

4 Jack and War Come to Great Bookham: Fall 1914 113

5 Reading for Kirkpatrick and for Pleasure: 1914 143

6 War and Romance: 1915 171

7 A Conflicted Soul: 1916 197

8 Oxford and War: 1917-1918 233

9 The End of Youth 259

Notes 277

Index 299

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Harry Lee Poe’s biography of Lewis’s early years is an engaging book filled with glimpses of the celebrated author that cannot be found in any other biography of Lewis.”
Lyle W. Dorsett, Director Emeritus, Marion E. Wade Center; Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism Emeritus, Beeson Divinity School; author, And God Came In and Seeking the Secret Place

“‘The Child is father of the Man.’ Anyone who doubts this observation by Wordsworth should read this excellent new biography of C. S. Lewis. Poe goes into great depth, drawing heavily on unpublished sources, recounting the first two decades of Lewis’s life in splendid detail. Even seasoned readers of Lewis will find much that is new and illuminating in this readable biography.”
David C. Downing, Codirector, Marion E. Wade Center

“A unique coming-of-age biography of C. S. Lewis that stands out in revealing how his early life shaped the future Lewis: body, mind, and soul. It vividly captures the whole person of Lewis—not only an aspect of him but also the variety and depth of his defining features. The result is an eye-opening, important, and rich portrait that benefits from the teeming knowledge and thorough research of the author. It includes the often-neglected, lasting significance of the people who impacted the often-solitary young Lewis, with illuminating flash-forwards to the future Lewis.”
Colin Duriez, author, C. S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship and Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship

“Harry Lee Poe’s Becoming C. S. Lewis breaks new ground in the study of Lewis’s life. Specifically, Poe concentrates on the early years of Lewis’s life—an area largely neglected or glossed over by other biographers—and explores in rich detail the people, ideas, and experiences that shaped Lewis’s adult life. Mining the fertile cache of material available in the Lewis Papers—the eleven-volume archive compiled by Lewis’s brother, Warren—Poe offers convincing arguments about how Lewis’s earliest interests find expression in his adult writings. The themes found later in Lewis’s magisterial works had their inception in Lewis’s youthful writings, particularly in his lifelong correspondence with his boyhood friend Arthur Greeves. Readers intent on obtaining a deeper understanding of the most important Christian writer of the last hundred years will find Becoming C. S. Lewis a welcomed treasure trove.”
Don King, author, C. S. Lewis, Poet; Plain to the Inward Eye; and The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis

“Many fans of C. S. Lewis will savor having so much detail on his early years gathered together in one biography. This portrait of an artist as a young man is based on remarkably rich information that we have concerning Lewis’s formative experiences and influences. Harry Lee Poe adds much helpful context and commentary.”
George M. Marsden, author, C. S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity”: A Biography

“Wordsworth famously wrote, ‘The Child is father of the Man.’ To better understand C. S. Lewis’s tremendous achievements later in life—as a writer of imaginative fiction and poetry, a literary critic, and a Christian apologist—we should look to his formative years. Harry Lee Poe’s Becoming C. S. Lewis is a valuable contribution to biographies of Lewis, providing a rich and comprehensive look at Lewis’s early years and his important relationships with figures such as his brother, Warren Lewis, his friend Arthur Greeves, and his tutor W. T. Kirkpatrick.”
Holly Ordway, Professor of English, Houston Baptist University; author, Apologetics and the Christian Imagination

“The young Jack Lewis is the Lewis whom all admirers of the mature C. S. Lewis need to know. We find it highly fitting, then, that Harry Lee Poe, who has long been a devoted guide to Lewis and the Inklings, has chosen to illuminate for us so faithfully the ardent youth who was father to the man.”
Carol and Philip Zaleski, coauthors, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

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