Sunday, February 15, 2009

C.S. Lewis Bibliography

I went to Branson, MO for a movie evening celebrating the life and work of C.S. Lewis this weekend. The movies, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Shadowlands, were excellent. I had never seen Shadowlands and found the film moving and meaningful. I'll probably post later on my other thoughts regarding the film and trip, but the evening inspired me to post something I've had for awhile but not gotten around to posting yet.

I've had difficulty finding a complete list of C.S. Lewis works, so I decided to gradually build one myself. These are the latest editions of most of his writings. The editions chosen reflect the desire to have a uniform look to the books. The "Essential Readings" are the books that belong in every Christian's library. If you don't own them, get them!

Essential Readings
  • The Signature Series Boxed Set (contains Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce)
  • The Four Loves (my favorite Lewis book) - UK Signature Series
  • Surprised by Joy - UK Signature Series
  • Selected Books (contains The Pilgrim's Regress, The Abolition of Man, Till We Have Faces, Reflections on the Psalms, Letters to Malcolm)
  • The Cosmic Trilogy/The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Series
  • Essay Collection: Faith, Christianity and the Church
  • Essay Collection: Literature, Philosophy and Short Stories
  • The Complete Poems (Publish date: 2010; Replaces Spirits in Bondage, The Collected Poems, and Narrative Poems)
Note: The two Essay Collection volumes replace most of the previous essay collections, including Christian Reflections, Christian Reunion, God in the Dock, The Weight of Glory, Present Concerns, On Stories, The World's Last Night, and The Dark Tower and Other Stories. This is the most complete set of books for his essays. Other essay collections in print, such as Of Other Worlds (but excluding those listed below), contain only essays that can be found in these other volumes. Only two essays from these books are missing from Essay Collection. They are: 'A Reply to Professor Haldane' (On Stories) and 'Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger' (God in the Dock)

For the Completest (Non-religious and scholarly work)
  • George MacDonald: An Anthology
  • Studies in Words
  • An Experiment in Criticism
  • The Discarded Image
  • The Personal Heresy
  • A Preface to Paradise Lost
  • The Allegory of Love
  • Arthurian Torso
  • English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama ( or Poetry and Prose in the Sixteenth Century)
  • Spenser's Image of Life
  • Boxen: Tales Before Narnia
  • All My Road Before Me (diary from 1922-27)
  • The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I
  • The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II
  • The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II
  • Essay Collection: Academia, Education, and Scholarly Work (Note: It isn't clear if this collection will be published in the future. This volume would replace Selected Literary Essays, Studies in Medeival and Renaisance Literature, and Rehabilitations and includes the missing essays from God in the Dock and On Stories

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