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Walter Hooper was born in Reidsville, North Carolina in 1931. He read Theology and then lectured on Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Kentucky. Moving to Oxford, he became friends with C.S. Lewis in his last year. One of the world's leading authorities on the life and works of C.S. Lewis, he has edited and written introductions for dozens of Lewis's books. In particular he compiled All My Road Before Me, Lewis's diary for 1922-27, and is co-author, with Roger Lancelyn Green, of C.S. Lewis: A Biography. A former Anglican priest, he is now a Catholic and still lives in Oxford. Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.

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Gr 7 Up-The man who created "The Chronicles of Narnia" started practicing his craft at the age of eight by writing plays and stories set in another imaginary kingdom, Boxen. Lewis's juvenile writings, which probably ceased after he turned 13, were first published by Harcourt in 1985. This hardback volume is a repackaging of the older title with a few new additions. It retains "The History of Boxen" by Walter Hooper, once an assistant to Lewis, relegating it to the end of the volume. Douglas Gresham's brief, avuncular introduction, aimed at children, describes the circumstances under which Lewis-then called Jack-and his brother Warnie created the Boxen stories out of imaginary play with their toys. Two new pieces have been added, along with a larger selection of the boys' black-and-white drawings and maps. The glossy paper allows for a loving reproduction of watercolor paintings illustrating scenes from the Boxen manuscripts. Lewis's juvenilia, with its large cast of well-developed characters, reveals an early ability to develop plot and shift scenes for maximum drama, as well as an astute understanding of politics and human complexities. One character "carries an atmosphere of impudence and unpaid bills." Libraries may want to purchase this volume where interest in Lewis is high, but, however beautifully presented, Lewis's childhood writings have limited appeal outside the passionate circle of Narnia's fandom.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'These works share with the Narnian stories a remarkable scale of invention, brilliant storytelling and characterisation.' The Times

'Allows free admission into an elaborate invented world ... A shrewd, witty and lively read.' British Book News

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