Alan Jacobs is professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the author of several books, including most recently The Narnian, a biography of C. S. Lewis. His literary and cultural criticism has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including the Boston Globe, The American Scholar, First Things, Books & Culture, and The Oxford American.
"It is hard to imagine a more insightful and even-handed treatment of the life and work of Lewis." -- Frederick Buechner, author of Beyond Words"A book about Lewis that will fascinate even those readers who think they aren't interested in reading about him." -- Edward Mendelson, author of Early Auden and Later Auden"An erudite and welcome addition to the C. S. Lewis canon." -- Mary S. Lovell, acclaimed biographer and national bestselling author of The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family"The most influential Christian apologist of the last hundred years has found a worthy biographer." -- Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief of First Things"This is the book on Lewis we've all been waiting for: probing, generous, lyrical and entertaining." -- Charles Marsh, author of The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today"An amiable, uncluttered biography..." -- Kirkus Reviews"...[B]est appreciated by the Narnia enthusiasts seeking to learn more about the man behind the stories." -- Presbyterians Today"[Jacobs] provides excellent context by explaining authors and literature that influenced Lewis...his matter-of-fact approach is welcome." -- The Christian Science Monitor"The Narnian is thoughtful, intriguing and inspiring--a treasure for Narnia fans, as well as aficionados of fine biography." -- Booklist"Jacobs has written[...]not only a portrait of a dazzling writer but also a defense of Lewis as a seeker and thinker..." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune"Jacobs provides a fluent and sensible re-telling of the main outlines of Lewis's life..." -- Richard Jenkyns, The New Republic"Combines fine scholarship with winsome writing . . . it is an important contribution." -- Books & Culture"A deeply insightful yet broadly accessible intellectual biography, written in an engaging voice." -- Christianity Today, (a CT Book Award winner)