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The Neglected C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Riches of His Most Overlooked Books

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Readers who can quote word for word from C.S. Lewis’s theological classic, Mere Christianity, or his science fiction novel, Perelandra, have often never read his work as a professional literary historian. They may not even recognize some of the neglected works discussed, here. Mark Neal and Jerry Root have done students of Lewis a great service, tracing the signature ideas ...more
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Published June 18th 2020 by Paraclete Press
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Joan
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought I was familiar with the works of C. S. Lewis. I'd read all his fiction and a few of his popular nonfiction books, like Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain. I now realize I was familiar with only a portion of Lewis's works. Lewis was a fellow at Oxford University and later Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University. He wrote a number of academic books, often bringing attention to neglected works of others he felt were of significance. He felt ...more
Heidi
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve read a fair amount of C.S. Lewis’s writings, but after reading THE NEGLECTED C.S. LEWIS I am astonished at how the introduction to his academic literary works enhances my understanding of his more popular writings., as well as my appreciation for Lewis himself as a scholar and a thinker. Mark Neal and Jerry Root offer thoughtful and accessible overviews of books that many of us have passed over, but are gems when it comes to CSL’s body of work. Are these books ones that I naturally gravitat ...more
Jeremy
Dec 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
I wish I had thought of this idea.
Steph Cherry
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that you read and feel like you have a mountain of homework to get everything in it. Outside of Lewis' fiction and apologetic work, he has mounds of works that are largely overlooked. He is a man full of thoughtful opinions about the works of others. I have found some new books by other authors to read that he wrote about.

The thing that has stuck with me from this book is how important reading widely is. Reading takes us into the thought and hearts of others and gives
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Bonnie Way
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this book!!! I've been a C.S. Lewis fan most of my life (I've read Narnia more times than I can count) but I did realize he had so many other nonfiction books. As a former English major, I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the scholarly side of C.S. Lewis and learning more about his "serious" works and how those influenced his fiction. Through these works, it's easy to understand the great depths of his "lighter" writing, and why Narnia and his other stories have been so popular for so ...more
christina
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever wish you could sit in an Oxbridge classroom and listen to C. S. Lewis lecture on literature? I certainly have. Ever since I first learned that his most famous works like The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity were side hustles, so to speak, and his day job was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature, first at Oxford, then Cambridge, I have wished I could have been a fly on those walls.
Enrolling in his classes is no longer possible, but Lewis left us a consid
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Lew Button
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Neglected C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Riches of His Most Overlooked
Books by Mark Edward Neal and Gerald Richard Root: Paraclete Press
While living near the Brandywine Museum of Art I came to appreciate the paintings of Andrew Wyeth and gave me a connection to the book The Neglected C.S. Lewis. I read that before Andrew Wyeth painted a tree, he sketched the whole tree from the top down to what he imagined the root system to be like. He wanted a sense of the whole tree even if he was only going
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Kent Silveira
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mark Neal and Jerry Root have taken a lifetime of research on the works of C.S. Lewis and somehow melded that into a thoughtful and comprehensive (yet concise and approachable) literary work. This is sui generis work in that it is an approachable digest and commentary of a treasure trove of other literary analysis and commentaries.
Though the critical works referenced are not likely to be familiar to the read (hence the purpose in the book in the first place) they are likely to be instantly recog
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Meagan Myhren-Bennett
The Neglected C.S. Lewis
By Mark Neal and Jerry Root
Foreword by Dr. David C. Downing

Exploring the Riches of His Most Overlooked Books this statement quite aptly describes this book. People are always dreaming of finding treasure. Well, this book is a treasure that will delight and educate readers who want to truly know the works of C.S. Lewis.

This work examines eight of his scholarly works. Describing them as scholarly should in no way scare off potential readers. Nothing worth knowing is withou
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Jasmine
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learn more about C.S. Lewis's love of books...

This is one book that will take some for me to digest. There was just so much information and I'll confess that it has taken me longer to read The Neglected C.S. Lewis than it should have. I found myself reading a bit, putting it aside, thinking about what I had read, and then picking it back up for a little bit more.

I picked up Mark Neal's and Jerry Root's book because I have long been curious about the genius of C.S. Lewis. My second confession is
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Mark Wheeler
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 underst
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Frank Peters
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book, that was challenging and uplifting. The purpose of the books was to interest the reader in the writings of C. S. Lewis that are mostly unknown and thus neglected and provide various good reasons why this would be valuable. The authors achieve this purpose in this volume, as they not only show their own love of this material, but also ably portray why the reader should as well. The books itself is also beautifully written as both authors seek (as much as possible) to write ...more
Emmeline Kaarsgaren
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book really opens up a new side of CS Lewis and stirs up the longing to read his other works as well as all the works that Lewis is referring to! The book was not necessarily an easy read but very worth it. One of my favorite parts of the books might have been concerning Lewis' views on why engaging with history (historical literature) is important for us to avoid "chronological snobbery". But Mark and Jerry also did a great job explaining why Lewis thinks historical imagination is importan ...more
Sarah Carter
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
C.S. Lewis is well-known for certain books – The Chronicles of Narnia, A Grief Observed and Mere Christianity. However, his list of books is very long and includes several studies of other works. Lewis enjoyed looking at themes in medieval literature and seeing what themes authors presented. In The Neglected C.S. Lewis, the author looks at several of Lewis’ less well-known books and writings. I was part of the lauch team for The Neglected C.S. Lewis and was given a free copy of the book in excha ...more
Noelle Orr
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book. Encouraging to delve into the scholarly aspect of Lewis.
Christina Weigand
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Neglected C.S Lewis gave this reader a deeper look into the life of C.S Lewis. It was refreshing to read something other than his fiction. Lewis has many other facets that are not seen if one only reads his fiction. For anyone who wants to know more about the inimitable C.S. Lewis this is the book to read.
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