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Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.
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(Because Lewis's Christianity was, quite openly, the powering force behind all of even his fiction, it is at least somewhat relevant to any critical evaluation of that fiction; nonetheless, I have here skipped over several sites that, despite Lewis featuring in their name or description, are chiefly or wholly religious rather than literary in purpose--as one university's Study Center blurb puts it, "As a Christian institution, our ultimate objective is to promote the kingdom of God on earth." Those who want to find such sites will have no trouble.)
Lewis has become quite a celebrity, and there are many resources available, though--predictably--of greatly varying quality and utility. There are several dedicated Lewis sites, with arguably the leader being Into the Wardrobe: The C. S. Lewis Web Site; but another significant one is the site of the C. S. Lewis Chronicle, a scholarly periodical from the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society. There are also The C. S. Lewis Society of California, a relatively new site (2008); The New York C. S. Lewis Society; and C. S. Lewis Classics, a publisher's site. (Note first that each of those sites has itself a page of "other resources", most being quite lengthy, and second, that that is by no means a complete list of even the wholly dedicated Lewis sites.)
Of resources other than whole sites, The Author's Calendar is, as usual, most helpful with its C(live) S(taples) Lewis page. An interesting article from 2001, "In Defence of C. S. Lewis", appears in the Atlantic magazine: in presenting the defense, it necessarily also presents the prosecution, albeit in a slanted manner. A closely related but less partial analysis is the 2006 article "The Passion of C.S. Lewis" in The New York Review of Books--indeed, this is an outstanding piece of analysis and, I think, important in evaluating Lewis's fiction (especially the Narnia material). Adams Gopnik's essay "Prisoner of Narnia" in The New Yorker is also illuminating and worthwhile reading.
An important issue in Lewis criticism, whichever side of it one comes down on, is argued in an article "Holy War in the Shadowlands" subtitled "A new book revives old allegations and the struggle for the intellectual legacy of C. S. Lewis". The gravamen of the argument is that "several literary and theological works attributed to the British author are, in fact, the product of systematic forgery." There was a follow-up colloquy on the topic, also worth the reading. And there was considerable coverage of the case, both lay and learned.
There is more, a very great deal more, on Lewis; I think I have fairly well skimmed the cream, but for the persistent, Google Is Your Friend.
He's not Napoleon, but there is an awful lot. The commonest in libraries (plus a couple of others) include:
C. S. Lewis : a biography, by A. N Wilson
C. S. Lewis; a biography, by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Inklings : C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and their friends , by Humphrey Carpenter
The Narnian : the life and imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Alan Jacobs
Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religionin C.S. Lewis' Chronicles , Shanna Caughey, editor
C. S. Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings about Him and His Works by Joe R. Christopher and Joan K. Ostling sounds especially useful.
Pages with further lists of books about Lewis include those at Questia, the Internet Public Library, and About.com (as well as most of the Lewis sites listed and linked above).
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