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Planet Narnia : the seven heavens in the imagination of C.S. Lewis

Author: Michael Ward
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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"For over half a century, scholars have laboured to show that C.S. Lewis's famed but apparently disorganised Chronicles of Narnia have an underlying symbolic coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes as the seven sacraments, the seven deadly sins, and the seven books of Spenser's Faerie Queene. None of these explanations has won general acceptance and the structure of Narnia's symbolism has remained a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ward, Michael, 1968-
Planet Narnia.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)427856042
Named Person: C S Lewis; C S Lewis; C S Lewis; C S Lewis; Clive S Lewis; Clive S Lewis
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ward
ISBN: 9780195313871 0195313879 9780199738700 019973870X
OCLC Number: 123377281
Description: xii, 347 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Silence --
The planets --
Jupiter --
Mars --
Sol --
Luna --
Mercury --
Venus --
Saturn --
Primum mobile --
The music of the spheres --
Coda.
Responsibility: Michael Ward.
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Michael Ward argues that medieval cosmology, a subject that fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven Narnia novels. He shows that Narnia stories were designed  Read more...

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