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The Fame of C. S. LewisA Controversialist's Reception in Britain and America$
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Stephanie L. Derrick

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198819448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198819448.001.0001

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Lewis and the Mechanisms of Mass Culture

Lewis and the Mechanisms of Mass Culture

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The Fame of C. S. Lewis

Stephanie L. Derrick

Oxford University Press

Lewis remained a figure of significance in the decades after his death despite dramatic social change in the second half of the twentieth century. The reasons for this continued visibility involve circumstances particular to Lewis and larger social changes, especially in communications and media technologies, education, and culture. Innovation in communications media—radio, the paperback, television, and film—meant that incrementally greater numbers of people became familiar with the name of C. S. Lewis. Dramatic expansions in education also contributed to the canonization of his books. This period also saw a bifurcation in Lewis’s platform between the more commercially successful author of the Narnia books and the Christian apologist intensely admired in America. Lewis’s enduring visibility is to be credited to a myriad of circumstances particular to him and to the profound social changes affecting the religious, cultural, and intellectual life of twentieth-century Britain and America.

Keywords:   C. S. Lewis Estate, Walter Hooper, paperbacks, Penguin, expansion of education, HarperCollins, Walt Disney, Kaye Webb, children’s book publishing

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