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An Examined Life

Posted by bgsuenglish on May 1, 2007


Dr. Bruce Edwards is the General Editor of C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy, a four-volume work just published by Greenwood Publishing Group. The hope of this 1400-page project, Bruce says, is to provide the definitive research tool on Lewis for the next generation of scholars interested in the life and work of a prolific author of poetry, literary criticism, memoir, fantasy, autobiography, and letters.

The different emphases of the four volumes are suggested by their titles: An Examined Life; Fantasist, Mythmaker, and Poet; Apologist, Philosopher and Theologian; and Scholar, Teacher, and Public Intellectual. In those four volumes, according to the publisher’s website, “experts in the field of Lewis studies examine all his works along with the details of his life and the culture in which he lived to give readers the fullest complete picture of the man, the writer, and the husband, alongside his works, his legacy, and his place in English letters.”


Bruce, one of the two founders of Bowling Green’s rhetoric and composition doctoral program in 1980, is now professor of English and Associate Dean for Distance and International Education at BGSU. His works include The C. S. Lewis Reader’s Encyclopedia; The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Critic, Reader, and Imaginative Writer; Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual World of Narnia, and; Further Up, and Further In: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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