By Dylan Thomas

In print for 50 years, this gem of lyric prose has enchanted either old and young from its first actual edition.
Dylan Thomas, one of many maximum poets and storytellers of the 20th century, captures a child's-eye view, and an adult's fond thoughts, of a paranormal time of provides, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and within the better of conditions, newly fallen snow.

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He was intensely unhappy there, loathing the required sports and the clique of boys who formed a self-appointed elite. After Lewis spent two years of misery there, his father eventually arranged to have him study with a private tutor in Great Bookham, Surrey. Living with this outspokenly atheistic tutor,William Kirkpatrick, Lewis found his unbelief reinforced by his reading in the natural sciences and the social sciences. From the former, he gained a sense that life on earth is just a random occurrence in a vast, empty 12 Into the Wardrobe universe, that all of human history is no more than a teardrop in the vast ocean of eternity.

Moore came often; the bereaved mother and the abandoned son turned to each other for strength and consolation. When Jack returned to Oxford in 1919 to resume his studies, he finished out his last The Life of C. S. Lewis 15 year of required residence, then moved in with Maureen and Mrs. Moore. Before long, he began introducing her as his mother, and the two stayed together for over thirty years, until her death in 1951. While he was convalescing, Jack put together a collection of poems he’d written about love and war that also expressed his personal philosophy at that time.

But when Lewis, at age seventeen, discovered MacDonald’s Phantastes, it was an emotional and spiritual watershed. Reading the story for the first time in the spring of 1916, Lewis wrote enthusiastically to a friend that he’d had a “great literary experience” that week, and the book became one of his lifelong favorites. Over a decade later, Lewis wrote that nothing gave him a sense of “spiritual healing, of being washed” as much as reading George MacDonald. The Life of C. S. Lewis 13 Phantastes (1858) is an episodic, dreamlike book, rich with spiritual overtones.

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