Fiction & Poetry of C.S. Lewis
Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics [originally under the pseudonym of Clive Hamilton]
London: William Heinemann, 1919.
Lewis'first published work (originally published under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton). Lewis was twenty years old and had just returned from military service in the First World War.
Dymer [originally under the pseudonym of Clive Hamilton]
London: Dent, 1926.
Dymer is a narrative poem by C.S. Lewis (published by J.M. Dent) in 1926 under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton. Lewis worked on this poem as early as 1916, when still only 17 years old, and completed it in 1925.
The Pilgrim's Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism
London: Dent, 1933; rpt. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1958
Lewis's first-published work of prose fiction charts the progress of a fictional character through the philosophical landscape before eventually arriving where he started at traditional Christianity. It is Lewis's personal revision of John Bunyan's 17th century novel, Pilgrim's Progress, recast with the politics, philosophy and aesthetic principles of the early-20th century.
Out of the Silent Planet
London: John Lane, 1938; rpt. New York: Macmillan Paperbacks Editions, 1965
Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of a science fiction trilogy written by C. S. Lewis, sometimes referred to as the Space Trilogy, Ransom Trilogy or Cosmic Trilogy.
The Screwtape Letters
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1942; rpt., with "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" and a new Preface. New York: Macmillan, 1962.
The Screwtape Letters is a satirical Christian apologetics novel written in epistolary style by C. S. Lewis, first published in book form in February 1942. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior "tempter" named Wormwood, so as to advise him on methods of securing the damnation of a British man, known only as "the Patient".
London: John Lane, 1943; rpt. New York: Macmillian Paperbacks Edition, 1965.
Perelandra (also titled Voyage to Venus in a later edition published by Pan Books) is the second book in the Space Trilogy of C. S. Lewis, set in the Field of Arbol.
That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups
London: John Lane, 1945; rpt. New York: Macmillan Paperbacks Edition, 1965.
The third novel of the Space Trilogy. Back on Earth, Ransom heads a loosely formed society, Logres, which opposes NICE, Lewis' satiric portrait of a modern power-mad bureaucracy. The NICE hopes to recall Merlin and use him in their plot to recondition society but succeeds only in constructing a modern Tower of Babel.
The Great Divorce
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1946; rpt. New York: Macmillan, 1977.
The Great Divorce is a work of fantasy by C. S. Lewis that is complementary to Lewis' earlier book The Screwtape Letters. A dream in which the author visits Heaven and Hell.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950; rpt. New York: Collier Books, 1970.
This is the first-published book of The Chronicles of Narnia and is the best known book of the series. Although it was written and published first, it is second in the series' internal chronological order, after The Magician's Nephew.
The story begins in 1940 during World War II, when four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, are evacuated from London to escape the Blitz. They are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke, who lives in a country house in the English countryside.
While the four children are exploring the house, Lucy looks into a wardrobe and discovers a portal to a mysterious world called Narnia,
London: Geoffry Bles, 1951; rpt. New York: Collier Books, 1970.
It is the second-published book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, although in the overall chronological sequence it comes fourth.
While standing on a British railway station, awaiting their train to school after the summer holidays, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are magically whisked away to a beach near an old and ruined castle. They come to realize the ruin is Cair Paravel, where they once ruled as the Kings and Queens of Narnia, and discover the treasure vault where Peter's sword and shield, Susan’s bow and arrows, and Lucy’s bottle of magical cordial and dagger are stored.
The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader'
London: Geoffry Bles, 1952; rpt. New York: Collier Books, 1970.
The third book of The Chronicles of Narnia. Current editions of the series are numbered using the internal chronological order making Voyage of the Dawn Treader the fifth book.
The two youngest Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund, are staying with their odious cousin Eustace Scrubb while their older brother Peter is studying for his university entrance exams with Professor Kirke, and their older sister Susan is traveling through America with their parents. Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace are drawn into the Narnian world through a picture of a ship at sea.
The Silver Chair
London: Geoffry Bles, 1953; rpt. New York: Collier Books, 1970.
It was the fourth book published and is the sixth book chronologically. It is the first book published in the series in which the Pevensie children do not appear. The story starts when Eustace Scrubb, introduced in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is driven into the company of classmate Jill Pole at their miserable school Experiment House.
The Horse and His Boy
London: Geoffry Bles, 1954; rpt. New York: Collier Books, 1970.
The fifth of seven books published in Lewis' series The Chronicles of Narnia. The books in this series are sometimes ordered chronologically in relation to the events in the books as opposed to the dates of their original publication. In this alternate ordering, The Horse and His Boy is the third book, taking place during the events of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Magician's Nephew
London: The Bodley Head, 1955; rpt. New York: Collier Books, 1970.
It was the sixth book published in his The Chronicles of Narnia series, but is the first in the chronology of the Narnia novels' fictional universe. Thus it is an early example of a prequel.
The novel is initially set in London in 1900. The principal characters are two pre-adolescent children, Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer, Digory being the younger Professor Kirke from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Digory is often referred to as C.S. Lewis's fictional alter ego.
The Last Battle
London: The Bodley Head, 1956; rpt. New York: Collier Books, 1970
In The Last Battle, Lewis brings The Chronicles of Narnia to an end. The book deals with the end of time in the old Narnia and sums up the series by linking the experience of the human children in Narnia with their lives in their original world.
Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
London: Geoffry Bles, 1956; rpt. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1966.
It is a retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, which had haunted Lewis all his life, and which is itself based on a chapter of The Golden Ass of Apuleius.
The Dark Tower and Other Stories
Ed. Walter Hooper. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977.
A novel written by C. S. Lewis that appears to be the beginning of an abandoned science fiction novel intended as a sequel to Out of the Silent Planet. Perelandra instead became the second book of Lewis' Space Trilogy, concluded by That Hideous Strength. Walter Hooper, Lewis' literary executor, titled the fragment and published it in the 1977 collection The Dark Tower and Other Stories. Lewis scholar Kathryn Lindskoog challenged the authenticity of the work.