Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 May 2010

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780199738700

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Planet Narnia

The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis

Michael Ward

  • Selling point: The book's main important feature is its argument that the Chronicles of Narnia have a governing theme based on the imagery of the seven medieval planets. Theories about what unites the Chronicles have been published before by other writers in short articles or chapters, but this is the first full-length book to make such a case.
  • Selling point: A second important feature is its argument that the Chronicles were prompted by the debate Lewis had with the philosopher, Elizabeth Anscombe, at Oxford's Socratic Club. Previous books have suggested that Lewis was 'stung back into childhood' as a result of his defeat at the hands of Anscombe. Planet Narnia argues that the Chronicles are Lewis's imaginative response to, not retreat from, her critique of his theology.
  • Selling point: The book draws on previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles and refers to Lewis's own private marginalia in books that have survived from his personal library.

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