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Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman
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Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman

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Eerdmans 2015

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Overview

Joy Davidman (1915–1960) is probably best known today as the woman that C. S. Lewis married in the last decade of his life. But she was also an accomplished writer in her own right—an award-winning poet and a prolific book, theater, and film reviewer during the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Yet One More Spring is the first comprehensive critical study of Joy Davidman’s poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Don King studies her body of work—including both published and unpublished works—chronologically, tracing her development as a writer and revealing Davidman’s literary influence on C. S. Lewis. King also shows how Davidman’s work reflects her religious and intellectual journey from secular Judaism to atheism to Communism to Christianity.

Drawing as it does on a cache of previously unknown manuscripts of Davidman’s work, Yet One More Spring brings to light the work of a very gifted but largely overlooked American writer.

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Key Features

  • Offers the first comprehensive study of Joy Davidman
  • Analyzes Davidman’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
  • Argues for Davidman’s status as a twentieth-century American writer

Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chronology of Joy Davidman’s Life (1915-1960)
  • Early Writings (1929-1938)
  • Letter to a Comrade (1938)
  • Communist Writer and Reviewer (1938-1945)
  • Into the Lion’s Den: Joy Davidman and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1939)
  • Other Published Poems (1938-1945)
  • Anya (1940)
  • Disillusionment to Faith: Weeping Bay (1950) and Smoke on the Mountain (1955)
  • A Naked Tree: Joy Davidman’s Love Sonnets to C.S. Lewis (1952-1956)
  • Last Things (1954-1960)
  • Appendix

Praise for the Print Edition

Joy Davidman: secular Jew, then Communist, then married with children, then Christian, then married to C. S. Lewis—all of these metamorphoses Don King traces in this book, evaluating her writing throughout. Davidman was a poet first and near the last, and a poet best. King has built the foundations for any future evaluations of her as writer.

—Joe R. Christopher, coauthor of C.S. Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings about Him and His Works

King’s best insights into Joy Davidman come from where they ought to—a careful reading of her works and letters. His analysis of the implications of Davidman’s newly discovered sonnet cycle on our biographical understanding of C.S. Lewis is reason alone to buy this book!

—Charlie W. Starr, author of Light: C. S. Lewis’s First and Final Short Story

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About the Don W. King

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 A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems, C. S. Lewis, Poet and Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter.

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