The books that most influenced C. S. Lewis

In the early 1960s the editors of the magazine, The Christian Century, sent a question to one hundred of the most famous literary and intellectual personalities of the day: “What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?” The editors were trying to map the books that had shaped the minds of their generation. C.S. Lewis was among those polled.

When Lewis replied to the editors, he mentioned ten books that shaped his sense of vocation and his philosophy of life, some of which we would expect: 1) George MacDonald’s Phantastes; 2) G.K. Chesterton’s Everlasting Man; 3) Virgil’s Aeneid; 4) The Temple, by George Herbert; 5) William Wordsworth’s Prelude; 6) Rudolf Otto’s The Idea of the Holy; 7) Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy; 8) The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell; 9) Descent into Hell, by Charles Williams; and 10) Arthur James Balfour, Theism and Humanism

The whole article on Lewis’ “medieval mind” is very interesting, and I have nothing in particular to add. It’s a very interesting list, and I would say a good list, one that reflects well on the scholar who made it.

3 thoughts on “The books that most influenced C. S. Lewis

  1. I will have to check these out sometime after I get home from Paschal church services this weekend.

    Recently, I picked up a copy of CS Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters” at a local Catholic bookstore.

    I can honestly say I would place it in the top 10 nonfiction books I’ve ever read, Christian and non-Christian alike.

    The guy was definitely a high IQ. A “big brain wojack” as the kids on 4Chan say

  2. I find reading Lewis is like hearing him in your head. A tremendous ability to explain complex issues to dimwits like me.


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