Since its original publication in the English Literary Studies Monograph
Series at the University of Victoria, Canada in 1978, Lionel
Adey's C. S. Lewis' 'Great
War' with Owen Barfield has been
valued by admirers of both "second
friends" as a great work of scholarship.
almost a quarter century the first and only public notice of the
Lewis-Barfield 'Great War' was the rather brief one offered by Lewis
himself in Surprised by Joy... With
the help of Adey and hindsight, and the comments from Barfield, we can
now understand the nature and significance of the 'Great War' more
clearly and more fully than the two combatants themselves. We can also
see its influence in the writings of both men for the rest of their
the foreword by G.
B. Tennyson, University of California, Los Angeles
shows that Lewis and Barfield complemented one another and aided each
other's development... Lewis obliged Barfield to reason more closely to
strengthen his arguments. Yet, Adey believes that Barfield was the more
creative thinker, and that he had a profound effect on Lewis' thought
and work. He suggests that Barfield freed Lewis from a modern skepticism
about ideas held by men in previous ages, thus enabling him to write
with sympathy and insight about literature of the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance, and indeed, to embrace Christianity.
Adey presents and interprets the debate
between Lewis and Barfield gracefully and clearly. His book is no mere
J. K. Johnson's review of the first edition in English Studies in
Now, thanks to Ian P. Blakemore and
Rosley Books, Adey's study has been republished in a splendidly designed
To order a copy contact Ian by mail
(Rosley Books, Rosley Farmhouse, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8BZ, ENGLAND), e-mail, (Sales@RosleyBooks.Com),
telephone (+44 (0) 16973 499 24), or fax ( 45 149 ).
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is Professor Emeritus of English and taught English 1967-90 at
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ,finally as Professor.
His publications include Hymns
and the Christian Myth (1986), Class
& Idol in the English Hymn (1988), poems in Affirmations
(1989), C. S. Lewis
-Writer, Dreamer & Mentor (1998) and numerous
articles on hymn lyrics, also essays and articles on Barfield, Lewis,
also Hopkins and other Victorian poets.
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