Author William Luther White
Publisher Nashville & New York: Abingdon Press
Released 1969 (1st ed.)
The Image of Man in C.S. Lewis is a 1969 study of C.S. Lewis by William Luther White.
The book includes a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to White (pp. 221-2). The letter was reprinted in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien as letter 298 (pp. 387-8, 1st ed). According to Humphrey Carpenter and Christopher Tolkien, the letter “was printed, apparently without permission, with Tolkien’s address and private telephone number at the head of it, in White’s book”.
1970: The Image of Man in C.S. Lewis. UK: Hodder & Stoughton. Hardcover. October 1970. ISBN:978-0340128435. 240 pages.
2009: The Image of Man in C. S. Lewis (C. S. Lewis Secondary Studies Series). Wipf & Stock Publishers. Paperback. January 12, 2009. 240 pages. ISBN:978-1-60608-271-3.
It is in the role of remythologizer that C. S. Lewis has been most misunderstood, and it is there that his importance lies. His was the poetic intensity that saw all hell swallowed by a butterfly with no harm done. Of his creation are allegories and myth that express very real elements of life behond understanding or capture for more than a moment.
White’s 1969 study is the first to examine the entire Lewis corpus and the first to offer such an extensive bibliography. To these invaluable aids for Lewis scholars, White adds his own training in theology and literary criticism and a sensitivity to the complexities of the artist and the religious man. His interpretation of the intricate skeins of belief to be found in Lewis’ work make this study as significant to the theological as to the literary world.
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- Tolkien Gateway at tolkiengateway.net