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By Douglas A. Anderson

In his acclaimed assortment stories earlier than Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson illuminated the resources, inspirations, and affects that fired J.R.R. Tolkien’s genius. Now Anderson turns his realization to Tolkien’s colleague and pal C. S. Lewis, whose impression on sleek delusion, via his cherished Narnia books, is moment purely to Tolkien’s own.

In many ways, Lewis’s effect has been even wider than Tolkien’s. For as well as the Narnia sequence, Lewis wrote groundbreaking works of technology fiction, city fable, and non secular allegory, and he got here to be considered as one of the most crucial Christian writers of the 20th century. it is going to come as no shock, then, that any such wide-ranging expertise drew idea from quite a few assets. listed here are twenty of the tributaries that fed Lewis’s targeted expertise, between them:

“The wooden that point Forgot: The Enchanted Wood,” taken from a never-before-published fable by means of Lewis’s biographer and buddy, Roger Lancelyn eco-friendly, that at once encouraged The Lion, the Witch, and the cloth wardrobe; E. Nesbit’s fascinating “The Aunt and Amabel,” during which a tender woman enters one other global by way of a dresser; “The Snow Queen,” by means of Hans Christian Andersen, that includes the kidnapping of a tender boy via a girl as merciless as she is gorgeous; and lots of extra, together with works through Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, G. okay. Chesterton, and George MacDonald, of whom Lewis may write, “I have by no means hid the truth that I seemed him as my master.”

Full of attention-grabbing insights into Lewis’s existence and fiction, stories prior to Narnia is the type of e-book that might be precious by means of kids and adults alike and handed down lovingly from iteration to new release.

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