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The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 2

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C. S. Lewis was a prolific letter writer, and his personal correspondence reveals much of his private life, reflections, friendships, and the progress of his thought. This second of a three-volume collection contains the letters Lewis wrote after his conversion to Christianity, as he began a lifetime of serious writing. Lewis corresponded with many of the twentieth ...more
Hardcover, 1152 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by HarperOne
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RE de Leon
CS Lewis' Letters 1931-1949 are what you're looking for if you'd like an intimate look at Lewis' state of mind in the days when he first became a Christian, until those days when he was becaming a popular Christian apologist.

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 s
Tommy Grooms
Nov 12, 2016 Tommy Grooms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume of C.S. Lewis' letters covers the period which begins with his conversion to Christianity and his burgeoning as a popular Christian apologist and which ends on the cusp of the world's introduction to Narnia. Lewis' warm, considerate correspondence (often to perfect strangers) hits its stride in this volume, and lifelong epistolary relationships are established. The reasons for the profound spiritual impact he had on so many are readily apparent.
J. Alfred
Nov 17, 2015 J. Alfred rated it really liked it
"The Collected Letters of" generally means, or at least so I assumed, drudgery and boredom. Lewis's are instead bursting with fun and humanity: thoughts on books with friends, points of theology with strangers, multitudinous thanks for Americans who donated food to the English after the second World War (actually, this last part is by far the least interesting of anything Lewis ever wrote). But the letters between Lewis and his brother or Arthur Greeves, or Dorothy Sayers or Tolkien, or the ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
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Again, much credit and laus and doxa to Hooper and co. for their simply wonderful work. Having read most of Lewis's books, this volume didn't have as much surprise. Indeed, the pleasure of reading it is often looking up whatever Lewis thought about this or that author.

The best thing about the book that is coming through to me recently is just the realization that Lewis was a saint--a human, fallible saint--but a saint just the same. In fact, I would say Lewis is fairly important in that sense, b
John Majors
Jun 13, 2016 John Majors rated it it was amazing
This is without a doubt one of the most enriching books I've ever read. It took me 10 years to complete (2/3rds of which was this year), but worth it, all 1132 pages of it. Hard to imagine a collection of someone's letters being so rich, but these stand in a class of their own. Only two more volumes in the series (each also comes in around 1000 pages). If I finish all three, it would be one of my proudest reading accomplishments.
Aug 03, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
Of the three volumes, this is my favorite. It includes what is surely a candidate for his funniest letter (a Johnsonian rebuke to a dear friend) and some of his wisest interaction with other scholars. Interest fades a lot toward the end, however, as routine thank-you notes take over. Five stars for the best letters.
Sep 16, 2013 Dougald rated it really liked it
This volume had aspects I loved more than the first. One can sense a maturity in Lewis' writing and thought. However, I miss the discussion concerning books that was so prevalent in the first volume. It is sparse in this volume.
Nov 25, 2016 Pat marked it as part-read-on-hold  ·  review of another edition
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Most books are on hold until I'm through school. But these are great letters. I hope no one ever collects my emails.
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than ...more
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“Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, 'sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends.” 18 likes
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life–the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination. This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it’s hard to remember it all the time–” 1 likes
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