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The Fame of C. S. Lewis: A Controversialist's Reception in Britain and America

Stephanie L. Derrick


This book considers the history of British literary scholar, author and Christian apologist C. S. Lewis’s fame from the 1940s through the present and compares his contrasting patterns of reception in Britain and America. Lewis was both an esteemed literary figure and a divisive personality among his colleagues at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, who recognized his penchant for projecting a persona. It took the outbreak of the Second World War and invitations from Christian leaders to draw Lewis into crafting popular Christian apologetics. Yet Lewis’s reasons for writing books that were acces ... More

Keywords: C. S. Lewis, reception, fame, evangelical, criticism, transatlantic, Chronicles of Narnia, popularity, Mere Christianity, publishing history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198819448
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198819448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie L. Derrick, author
Independent scholar