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Author Downing, David C.
Title Planets in peril : a critical study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom trilogy / David C. Downing.
Imprint Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Press, 1995, 1992.
Edition [Pbk. ed., 1995].

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Author Downing, David C.
Subject Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 -- Fictional works.
Science fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Christian fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Ransom, Elwin (Fictitious character)
Life on other planets in literature.
College teachers in literature.
Theology in literature.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 200 pages)
Edition [Pbk. ed., 1995].
Bibliography Note Includes notes, bibliographical references (pages 169-179) and index.
Contents "Transfiguring the past" : Lewis's reading of his early life -- "Smuggled theology" : the Christian vision of the trilogy -- The recovered image : elements of classicism and medievalism -- "Souls who have lost the intellectual good" : portraits of evil -- Ransom and Lewis : cosmic voyage as spiritual pilgrimage -- Models, influences, and echoes -- The achievement of C.S. Lewis : assessing the trilogy -- Appendix : "The Dark Tower."
Summary Literary scholar, novelist, and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis was a remarkable and enigmatic man. He is perhaps best known today for his popular series of children's books, the Chronicles of Narnia, which continue to sell more than a million copies a year. He also wrote science fiction in the form of interplanetary fantasies - a series of three novels known as the Ransom Trilogy. This book offers the first full-length critical assessment of that trilogy, placing the three volumes in the context of Lewis's life and work. David C. Downing reveals the autobiographical and theological subtexts of Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, showing as well how much Lewis the classical and medieval scholar influenced the work of Lewis the creator of interplanetary fantasies. Downing also examines the chief imaginative and intellectual sources of the trilogy and addresses persistent issues raised by reviewers and critics: Was Lewis's lifelong devotion to fantasy a mark of intellectual independence or a case of "arrested emotional development"? Were his views on women sexist, even misogynist? How much of his critique of modern science and technology was well informed and how much the result of prejudice or habitual suspicion of all things modern? A brief appendix on "The Dark Tower" fragment provides what background is known about this mysterious document, summarizes the story as far as Lewis developed it, and comments on how this unfinished work fits in with the Ransom books published during Lewis's lifetime.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585227004 (electronic bk.)
9780585227009 (electronic bk.)
087023997X (pbk.)
OCLC # 44953923
Additional Format Print version: Downing, David C. Planets in peril. [Pbk. ed., 1995]. Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Press, 1995, 1992 0870237748 (DLC) 91034369 (OCoLC)24430095
Table of Contents
1"Transfiguring the Past": Lewis's Reading of His Early Life8
2"Smuggled Theology": The Christian Vision of the Trilogy34
3The Recovered Image: Elements of Classicism and Medievalism60
4"Souls Who Have Lost the Intellectual Good": Portraits of Evil83
5Ransom and Lewis: Cosmic Voyage as Spiritual Pilgrimage100
6Models, Influences, and Echoes121
7The Achievement of C. S. Lewis: Assessing the Trilogy140
 Appendix: "The Dark Tower"157

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