Last November marked the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death. Around that time there were a number of Lewis-related titles published. Even after this anniversary, there continue to be new editions of his works, biographical pieces on him and stories behind his writings. Below are some recent Lewis-related titles we’ve had on New Academic (or will have in the coming weeks).
Coming in September, Eerdmans will be releasing The Pilgrim’s Regress: The Wade Center Annotated Edition. Here’s a brief description of the book from the publisher’s website, along with a peek at the interior which they provided.
Modeled after John Bunyan’s famous Pilgrim’s Progress, C. S. Lewis’s Pilgrim’s Regress (1933) represents a number of firsts for Lewis — the first book he wrote after his conversion to Christianity, his first book of fiction, and the first book he published under his own name. This brand-new annotated edition helps readers recover the richness of Lewis’s original allegory. Often considered obscure and difficult to read, The Pilgrim’s Regress nonetheless remains a rollicking satire on modern cultural fads, a vivid account of contemporary spiritual dangers, and an illuminating tale for generations of pilgrims old and new. Editor David C. Downing relies both on his own expertise and on previously unpublished sources from Lewis himself to identify allusions to other authors, translate quotations, and explain inside jokes hidden within Lewis’s text.
Also in September, Crossway will release The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C. S. Lewis – the papers from last year’s Desiring God National Conference. “With contributions from Randy Alcorn, John Piper, Philip Ryken, Kevin Vanhoozer, David Mathis, and Douglas Wilson, this volume explores the man, his work, and his legacy—reveling in the truth at the heart of Lewis’s spiritual genius: God alone is the answer to our deepest longings and the source of our unending joy.”
Lastly, here are two recent titles from Tyndale for all Lewis enthusiasts. If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath and C. S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic by Paul McCusker. If you haven’t already looked at either of these, below are some samples (better yet, stop by your local LifeWay Campus Store and take a look at the books).