(I’m selling some of my C.S. Lewis collection – click here for details.)

I’m thoroughly enjoying the C. S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Llancellyn Green and Walter Hooper.

I’ve been reading as much of Lewis’ as I can recently, starting with re-reading all the Narnian stories The Chronicles of Narnia: 7 Books in 1 Hardcover (I’m teaching two of them this year), and then reading some of his literary essays and lectures, followed by Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, The Pilgrim’s Regress, The Great Divorce (English Edition), and most recently the fascinating Space Trilogy (3 Book Series). I vaguely recall reading one of them before, but this time the impression I got was deep and strong. Perelandra (The Space Trilogy Book 2) (English Edition) is a knock-out, and I hesitated to read the 3rd in the trilogy, That Hideous Strength, as I was sure it could not be better than Perelandra. I was wrong, though Perelandra outdoes it for sheer beauty.

I’ve been particularly interested in Lewis’ thoughts on fairy-stories, and am now reading the seminal essay on this subject by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Lewis led me to his mentor, George Macdonald. I started with Macdonald’s fairy-tales and was impressed. The Complete Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics)(a misnomer: it is far from complete; it does not include The Princess and the Goblin (Acc Childrens Classics)or “The Princess and Curdie” or Lilith or Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for example) includes one of the most perfect short stories I’ve read in a long time: The Day Boy and the Night Girl also called Photogen and Nycteris.