The Making of C. S. Lewis is the second volume in a biographical trilogy covering Lewis’s life from 1898–1963. This installment surveys a period of Lewis’s life that is not well known, beginning with his years as a young adult and devout atheist at the end of his service in World War I, followed by his arrival at Oxford as a budding scholar. Harry Lee Poe offers a unique perspective on Lewis’s radical conversion to Christianity influenced in part by his friendships with well-known Christians such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Nevill Coghill, and Hugo Dyson. This volume offers readers a unique opportunity to observe Lewis’s development as one of the most important Christian apologists of the 20th century. With a lucid and clear biographical tone, Poe brings to life one of the most influential writers of modern times, showcasing his shift from an opponent of Christianity to one of its most ardent defenders.
“Concerned as he was about the danger of war, he was no less concerned that his fortitude and reliance on God had not grown more than it had since his conversion. He realized how much his happiness depended on his physical condition, and he began to realize what part physical affliction might play in one’s spiritual growth.7 This realization would grow as he reflected on the suffering that would come with war.” (Page 214)
“came to recognize the distinction between an idea or belief being out of fashion and being untrue” (Page 83)
Harry Lee Poe is the Charles Colson Chair of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and author of a number of books. He is an indirect descendant of the family of Edgar Allan Poe, and president of the Poe Foundation. He was the director of the Poe writers conference in 2007.