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The Diaries: All My Road Before Me

C. S. Lewis


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Harper Collins
01 June 2003
Biography: general; Diaries, letters & journals; Literary studies: from c 1900 -; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Christian spirituality & religious experience; Sci-Fi Reference
A rare glimpse into the early life of one of the most famous writers of the 20th Century, newly repackaged. Friday 6 June (1926): A beautiful misty warm morning, the mist all transparent and luminous with concealed sunshine, wood pigeons making a noise in the grove, and a heavy dew. It suggested autumn and gave me a sudden whiff of what I used to call 'the real joy'. C.S. Lewis made several short-lived attempts to keep a diary when he was a boy. At the age of 23, now an undergraduate at Oxford, he begins a new diary which will span five years. All My Road Before Me gives a rare glimpse into his private life. He is living with his newly acquired 'family' consisting of Mrs Moore, the mother of his room-mate who died in the War, and her daughter Maureen. It is a domestic situation open to question and 'Jack', as he is known, conceals the arrangement from his father. These diaries chronicle the daily events of Lewis's life - his friendships, his likes and dislikes, his country walks, his books and his college work. The details of everyday life are interspersed with startling observations and reflections. The diary gives .a fascinating insight 'inside the skin' of this brilliant young academic, still an atheist, who is later to turn to Christian faith and become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
By:   C. S. Lewis
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   347g
ISBN:   9780007157013
ISBN 10:   0007157010
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   01 June 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Other merchandise
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.

Reviews for The Diaries: All My Road Before Me

C S Lewis is known worldwide for his Chronicles of Narnia, but he wrote more than 30 other books and became renowned as one of the greatest spiritual writers of the mid-20th century. Some of the influences that went into those works can be found here, even though Lewis was in the period 1922-27 still an atheist and wrapped up in the world of Oxford academia. Walter Hooper, the writer's literary executor and former personal secretary, has condensed the diaries to take out the more 'banal' extracts. Banality and Lewis are words that do not normally go together, and certainly in these five years of his life we find a man flexing his emotional muscles in a big way. A gregarious character - though unpopular with some because of his erudition and sharp observation - Lewis kept a diary at the insistence of his friend and probable lover Janie King Moore, who was old enough to be his mother. The intimacies between them have long been the cause of speculation but no answers are to be found here. That is perhaps because Mrs Moore insisted on having the diaries read to her each evening and valued her chaste reputation. These diaries allow us to see the lively, vivacious youth who later became a brilliant writer during his naive formative years. They do not form a great work of literature in themselves but they do grant us a glimpse of the descriptive powers that would soon be put to such eloquent use. (Kirkus UK)

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