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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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(p.178) Conclusion
The Fame of C. S. Lewis

Stephanie L. Derrick

Oxford University Press

The emphasis of this monograph has been on the historical, cultural, religious, and social factors that shaped C. S. Lewis and his reception. Until recently those who have considered the subject have attributed his popularity to virtues of the man himself. The fact that Lewis, in effect, was an image, a mitigated commercial product, a platform, has largely been overlooked. A critical component of Lewis’s reception is the opportunities that education provided the middle classes for social mobility in the twentieth century and the social divisions and anxieties attendant upon those evolutions. Of equal importance is the timing of Lewis’s life and publications with print history and the rise of mass media and entertainment. Lewis’s platform as a contrarian Christian resisting modernity and his reactions to the intellectual, social, and religious changes of his day made the critical difference to his transatlantic receptions.

Keywords:   C. S. Lewis fans, C. S. Lewis scholars, C. S. Lewis literature review, C. S. Lewis myths, social mobility

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