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    DescriptionThis autobiography of C.S.Lewis's early life, focusing on the spiritual crisis which was to determine the shape of his entire life, now repackaged and rebranded as a key title in the C.S. Lewis Signature Classics range. "In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God!perhaps the most dejeced and reluctant convert in all England." Thus C.S. Lewis describes memorably the crisis of his conversion in his famous autobiography. Lewis was for many years an atheist, and in Surprised by Joy he vividly describes the spiritual quest which eventually convinced him of the truth and reality of the Christian faith.


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    Title
    Surprised by Joy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) C. S. Lewis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 202 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780006280835
    ISBN 10: 0006280838
    Classifications

    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HRCV9
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.7A
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC21: 828.912
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Libri: B-578
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    05 May 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Ireland in 1898, C.S. Lewis gained a triple First at Oxford and was Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College from 1925-54, where he was a contemporary of J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. In 1954 he became Professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge. One of the most gifted and influential Christian writers of our time, he is also celebrated for his Narnia Chronicles and his literary criticism and science fiction. C.S. Lewis died on 22 November 1963.
    Review quote
    'He is admirably equipped to write spiritual autobiography for the plain man, for his outstanding gift is clarity. You can take it at two levels, as straight autobiography, or as a kind of spiritual thriller, a detective's probing of clue and motive that led up to his return to the Christianity he had lost in childhood.' Isabel Quigley, Sunday Times
    Review text
    The story of an intellectual questing reveals the opening doors, the tools of thought and the widening vision that led to the author's accepting Christianity. His pictures of his life in Ireland and England, after the death of his mother, mirror the developing closeness to his brother and their widening separation from their demanding, mercurial, insensitive father. His descriptions of his life in various schools ranks the types of teaching and customs prevalent for their effect upon him, as fagging, pederasty, punishments and priggishness occurred. There is the growth of atheism, the shadows of depression; there are the many able and important mentors, at school and among his tutors; there is World War I and further knowledge of the lives and thoughts of others; and there is God closing in as he rejects Theism for Christianity, "a dejected and reluctant convert" at the time but now an assured and professing believer. A well- mannered journey of interest to the followers of his religious titles, the readers of his Screwtape Letters, while those who have followed his children's books will find the impetus for those stories here. (Kirkus Reviews)