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This is about the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia (1950–6), by C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), as being

  1. literature

  2. for children

  3. that I started enjoying in my first decade and continue to enjoy in my sixth.

The seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia, Collier edition

I am aware of, and astonished by, various condemnations of the Chronicles, and in part I am responding to these.

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The following notes about C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, are from four emails that I wrote in the fall of 2015 (with some noted additions in the spring of 2020). The emails rebut various objections to the Narnia books. I have put my emails here, because I noticed that a friend on Facebook was wondering whether her daughter was ready to read the Chronicles, or perhaps to be read to from them. I do not wish to write much on Facebook, for reasons detailed elsewhere in this blog; so I asked interested persons to read me here.

Side of boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia from 1970s

I started reading the Chronicles in the summer before fourth grade. They had been on a list of suggested reading supplied by my school. I do not believe I was corrupted by those books, or by any other books; but anybody may read below for signs to the contrary!

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