In his erudite new biography of Clive Staples Lewis, Alan Jacobs estimates that from 1949 to 1955, Lewis wrote 600,000 words of prose (not counting work on his book on 16th-century literature).
In anticipation of the new movie “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” Harper Collins is releasing all of them, and then some. One hundred and seventy books on, by, or about the famous author and defender of Christianity are being pumped into 60 countries in time for the Dec. 9 premiere.
It’s a stack tall enough to give even the most voracious bookworm vertigo. The result, though, is that readers can satisfy their taste for almost any aspect of Lewis’s life, letters, or arcana (the “Narnia Cookbook,” anyone?). Among the cascade of books are three new biographies of Lewis that share a Christian perspective, but are very different in their approach.