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A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems
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A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems

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Eerdmans 2015

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Gathering Interest


Although best known as C.S. Lewis’s wife, Joy Davidman was a gifted writer herself who produced, among other things, two novels and an award-winning volume of poetry in her short lifetime.

The first comprehensive collection of Davidman’s poetry, A Naked Tree includes the poems that originally appeared in her Letter to a Comrade (1938), forty other published poems, and more than two hundred previously unpublished poems that came to light in a remarkable 2010 discovery.

Of special interest is Davidman’s sequence of forty-five love sonnets to C.S. Lewis, which offer stunning evidence of her spiritual struggles with regard to her feelings for Lewis, her sense of God’s working in her lonely life, and her mounting frustration with Lewis for keeping her at arm’s length emotionally and physically.

Readers of these Davidman poems—arranged chronologically by Don King—will discover three recurring, overarching themes: God, death, and immortality; politics, including capitalism and communism; and (the most by far) romantic, erotic love. This volume marks Joy Davidman as a figure to be reckoned with in the landscape of twentieth-century American poetry.

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Key Features

  • Displays for the first time the complete work of a neglected poetic genius
  • Features 45 love sonnets to C.S. Lewis
  • Highlights Joy Davidman’s status as a twentieth-century American poet


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Poems 1929-1938
  • Letter to a Comrade (1938)
  • Poems 1939-1940
  • Poems 1941-1952
  • Poems to C.S. Lewis (1952-1955)
  • Appendix: Poetic Verse Patterns

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About the Author

Joy Davidman (1915-1960) was an American poet and writer who married C. S. Lewis in 1956. Her published books include Letter to a Comrade, an award-winning volume of poetry, and Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments.

About the Editor

Don W. King is professor of English at Montreat College and editor of Christian Scholar’s Review. He is the author of over sixty articles on C. S. Lewis, and his other books include Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman, C. S. Lewis, Poet and Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter.

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