Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis

Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis

Abigail Santamaria

The first complete biography of pleasure Davidman brings her out from C. S. Lewis’s shadow, the place she has lengthy been hidden, to bare a robust author and thinker.

pleasure Davidman is understood, if she is understood in any respect, because the spouse of C. S. Lewis. Their marriage was once immortalized within the movie Shadowlands and Lewis’s memoir, A Grief Observed. Now, via outstanding new documents as well as years of analysis and interviews, Abigail Santamaria brings pleasure Davidman Gresham Lewis to the web page within the fullness and intensity she deserves.

A poet and radical, Davidman was once a frequent contributor to the communist motor vehicle New Masses and an active member of New York literary circles within the Nineteen Thirties and 40s. After starting to be up Jewish within the Bronx, she used to be an atheist, then a practitioner of Dianetics; she converted to Christianity after experiencing a second of transcendent grace. A mom, a novelist, a colourful and tough and clever girl, she trigger for England in 1952, made up our minds to captivate the fellow whose paintings had replaced her life.

Davidman became the highbrow and non secular companion Lewis by no means anticipated yet loved. She helped him refine his autobiography, Surprised by means of Joy, and to put in writing his novel until we now have Faces. Their relationship—begun while pleasure wrote to Lewis as a spiritual guide—grew from a discussion approximately religion, writing, and poetry into a deep friendship and a timeless love story.


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