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PLANET NARNIA: THE SEVEN HEAVENS IN THE IMAGINATION OF C.S. LEWIS., Ward, Michael.  (C.S. Lewis.)

Author Name    Ward, Michael. (C.S. Lewis.)

Title   PLANET NARNIA: THE SEVEN HEAVENS IN THE IMAGINATION OF C.S. LEWIS.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   Very Good

Edition   3rd Printing.

Publisher   New York Oxford University Press 2008

ISBN Number    0195313879 / 9780195313871

Seller ID   30166

347 pp, 9 3/8" H. B&w illustrations. "In 'Planet Narnia' (Michael Ward) demonstrates that medieval cosmology, a subject that fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven (Narnia) novels. Drawing on the whole range of Lewis's writings (including previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles), Ward reveals how the Narnia stories were designed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets - Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn - planets which Lewis described as 'spiritual symbols of permanent value' and 'especially worthwhile in our own generation'. Using these seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles so that in each book the plot-line, the ornamental details, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate the governing planetary personality. The cosmological theme of each Chronicle is what Lewis called 'the kappa element in romance', the atmospheric essence of a story, everywhere present but nowhere explicit. The reader inhabits this atmosphere and thus imaginatively gains 'connaitre' knowlege of the spiritual character which the tale was created to embody. (This) is a ground-breaking study that will provoke a major revaluation not only of the Chronicles but of Lewis's whole literary and theological outlook. Ward uncovers a much subtler writer and thinker than has previously been recognized, one whose central interests were hiddenness, immanence, and knowledge by acquaintance." One tiny edge scuff, wrinkle at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing, tiny dent on rear hinge.

Clive  Staples  Lewis,  C.S.  Lewis,  Criticism,  Interpretation,  Religion,  Alchemy,  Allegory,  Aslan,  Astrology,  Astronomy,  Atmosphere,  Owen  Barfield,  Pauline  Baynes,  Bible,  Humphrey  Carpenter,  Geoffrey  Chaucer,  Consciousness,  Dante  Alighieri,  Discarded  Image,  Donegality,  John  Donne,  Galileo,  God,  Hiddenness,  Divine  Presence,  Gustav  Holst,  Holy  Spirit,  Horse  And  His  Boy,  Imagination,  Jesus  Christ,  Incarnation,  Jupiter,  Jove,  Last  Battle,  Florence  Lewis,  David  Lindsay,  Logos,  Luna,  Moon,  Lunacy,  Magician's  Nephew,  Mars,  Mercury,  Hermes,  Viritrilbia,  Metals,  Copper,  Gold,  Iron,  Lead,  Quicksilver,  Silver,  Tin,  John  Milton,  Miracles,  Malcolm  Muggeridge,  Doris  T.  Myers,  Narnia,  Out  Of  The  Silent  Planet,  Paganism,  Perelandra,  Prince  Caspian,  Ransom  Trilogy,  Reason,  Saturn,  William  Shakespeare,  Silence,  Silver  Chair,  Sol,  Sun,  Edmund  Spencer,  Spirit,  Symbolism,  Surprised  By  Joy,  That  Hideous  Strength,  Till  We  Have  Faces,  J.R.R.  Tolkien,  Venus,  Aphrodite,  Voyage  Of  Dawn  Treader,  World  War  I,  Zodiac. 

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