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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; New edition edition (15 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060506083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060506087
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. 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. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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‘He has a quite unique power for making theology an attractive, exciting and fascinating quest.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘I read C. S. Lewis for comfort and pleasure.’ John Updike

‘C. S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half convinced.’ Anthony Burgess

‘I think it unlikely that other books as generally entertaining… will be as generally instructive.’ W. H. Auden

‘He is admirably equipped to write spiritual biography for the plain man, for his outstanding gift is clarity.’ Sunday Times

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C.S. Lewis has inspired generations of children with his fabulous Chronicles of Narnia, seven classic stories in which magic meets reality and good triumphs over evil. But he wrote more than 30 books, most designed to inspire an adult readership, and became justly renowned as the most spiritual writer of his day.

The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics series has taken the seven best and most famous of these works and presented them with a fresh, contemporary look for a 21st century readership. Already known to a vast audience, Lewis's works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year, and this series has been designed to further broaden his appeal to a new generation of people who seek calm and inspiration in a hectic and ever-changing world.

Available for the first time in an attractive slipcase, each volume is written with the lucidity, warmth and wit that has made Lewis revered as a writer the world over. From his compassionate understanding of human nature in The Problem of Pain, to his entertaining, enlightening and wildly comic satire The Screwtape Letters, Lewis in unrivalled in his ability to produce popular and accessible works that remind us of what is truly important in life.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 15 Jun 2008
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C.S. Lewis is without doubt one of the greatest - if not the greatest - lay theologian of the 20th century. Immensely personal, his works do not fail to speak to whoever takes time to read and reflect on the great and eternal questions humans have been asking since time immemorial. Reading this book from cover to cover has been a truly spiritual journey - absolutely rewarding but difficult and challenging as well. Nowhere in his works will you find mindless zeal of the self-righteous, instead what shines from every page is a candid and life-long search for truth by a highly intelligent, highly educated and decent man not afraid of asking difficult questions about his faith and reasons. A committed Anglican himself, C.S.Lewis must be a mandatory reading for all Christians regardless of their denomination, as well as everyone who believes or knows that there is more to our existence and this world than meets the eye.
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 19 Dec 2005
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C.S. Lewis was a rare individual. One of the few non-clerics to be recognised as a theologian by the Anglican church, he put forth the case for Christianity in general in ways that many Christians beyond the Anglican world can accept, and a clear description for non-Christians of what Christian faith and practice should be. Indeed, Lewis says in his introduction that this text (or indeed, hardly any other he produced) will help in deciding between Christian denominations. While he describes himself as a 'very ordinary layman' in the Church of England, he looks to the broader picture of Christianity, particularly for those who have little or no background. The discussion of division points rarely wins a convert, Lewis observed, and so he leaves the issues of ecclesiology and high theology differences to 'experts'. Lewis is of course selling himself short in this regard, but it helps to reinforce his point.
This collection contains several of C.S. Lewis' classic works (although it is not in fact a complete collection of all his writings, not even of all his non-fiction writings). It contains the following works: 'Mere Christianity', 'The Screwtape Letters', 'The Great Divorce', 'The Problem of Pain', 'Miracles', 'A Grief Observed', plus 'The Abolition of Man'. It does provide an excellent survey of Lewis' theology, ethics, and general outlook on life. I will highlight two of the selections that show the different ways Lewis approaches things.
For the first example, the book 'Mere Christianity' looks at beliefs, both from a 'natural' standpoint as well as a scripture/tradition/reason standpoint.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By 'Mash on 11 May 2009
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A fantastic collection but I just want point out that "(Rough cut edition)" is a literal description of the page cut. I have never heard of this or ever bought a book quite like it. The pages are as you can imagine, roughly cut. But the more I think about it the more endearing the book becomes. It will age well and what a collection of books to own.

So buy it, but don't return it thinking it is a publishing fault.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on 6 Nov 2012
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I've just taken delivery of this box set and intend to give it as a Christmas present to an avid Lewis fan. I love the new jackets - really smart and I think it's good value for so many books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tirnanog33 on 17 Jan 2013
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I enjoyed these books.They are thought provoking for anyone interested in the meaning and purpose of our existence on this Earth.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Parham on 21 Jan 2010
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I mistakenly purchased this thinking it was a boxed set. It is not - one large book, so not such a good deal. That said, the actual books are great - a must have for all Christians. CS Lewis's insights are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. J. Greenwood on 8 Mar 2009
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Love this book have read the first 3 books in it and the cover has a nice texture too which is a bonus!
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This particular box set of has had a rather curious publication history. It was first issued in the early 1990s, when I first bought it. The box set (not known then as the SIGNATURE SERIES, it was later renamed thus in the second incarnation) was focused explicitly on Lewis's output from the 1940s. There were six books included: THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, THE GREAT DIVORCE, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, MERE CHRISTIANITY, MIRACLES, and THE ABOLITON OF MAN. The first two are works of fiction, and the remaining four are first rate, but very intellectual and written much more from the head than the heart, apologetics.

As the box set stood on its original publication, it was the ideal presentation of Lewis's critical faculties and contained very detailed, rational defenses, very eloquently written and simple to understand, of the Christian faith. Due the books all being written within a few years of each other, the box set read very much like each book was a logical extension of the next.

Then when the new millennium dawned, the publishers decided to rechristen the box set (formerly nameless) as the C. S. LEWIS SIGNATURE SERIES, and include a new book from a much different era in Lewis's life. They removed THE ABOLITION OF MAN, and instead included A GRIEF OBSERVED, a work published much later in Lewis's life than any of the other books. This rearrangement is a particularly revealing little facet of what has now become a very profitable industry built on Lewis's name. With the public attention brought on by Lewis's marriage, there has been a marked increase and peaking of interested in Lewis's relationship to Joy Davidman, and GRIEF was included for business reasons.
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