Books: Love's Labor

C.S. LEWIS: A BIOGRAPHY

by A.N. Wilson

Norton; 334 pages; $22.50

To a substantial battalion of devotees, Clive Staples Lewis -- the Christian apologist, children's fabulist and Oxbridge don who died in 1963 -- was a contemporary saint. His latest biographer notes with some bemusement that there is a kind of shrine to his memory at Illinois' evangelical Wheaton College: one of his old tankards is enclosed there in glass, like a relic. But difficulties face those who would canonize the author of Mere Christianity and the Narnia chronicles. A.N. Wilson, a British writer who has previously taken sensitive measure of...

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