'The Screwtape Letters' caused a sensation when it appeared in 1942, and has remained popular ever since. Written as a series of letters from a senior Devil to his young trainee, it appears to deal with spiritual matters of faith and perseverance in the face of temptation. However, appearing in the middle of World War II, it also deals with the opposition between the West and the Communist World. Screwtape and other demons are portrayed as consciously using the subversion of education and intellectual thought in the West to bring about its overthrow by the communist enemy from without and within.
C S Lewis (1898-1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–54, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–63. He is best known for his fictional work, especially 'The Screwtape Letters', 'The Chronicles of Narnia', and 'The Space Trilogy', and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as'Mere Christianity', 'Miracles', 'The Problem of Pain' and 'Surprised by Joy'. He was a member of The Inklings, an informal literary discussion group in Oxford in the 1930s, which also included JRR Tolkien and Charles Williams among its members.
Our book is in very good condition for its age, still protected by a rather grubby, but intact and unclipped, dustjacket, slightly torn at all angles but with no serious loss. The book itself is bound in black cloth, with the title etc on a small paste-on label on the spine. Within, the binding is firm, there are no loose pages, and the only blemishes are a) what appears to be some ?damp damage (wrinkling) on the final pages, and b) cracking between the half-title and title pages. For a book produced to the limited wartime standard, this is an excellent survivor.