The most thorough literary study of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe that I have ever read. It is a must for every serious student of Lewis's first Narnian chronicle and a gateway to the entire Series. - Dr. Paul F. Ford, author of Companion to Narnia and Pocket Companion to Narnia.
In this interactive, informative book, Lewis scholar Majorie Lamp Mead and literary expert Leland Ryken unlock the door to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardobe, inviting you to step inside - deeper and deeper, past the musty fur coats - and gaze in wide-eyed wonder once again at the magical, wintery world Lucy first found.
A Reader's Guild Through the Wardrobe helps you examine the story from Lewis's point of view, shedding light on his imagination and use of literary forms. Even further, Mead and Ryken serve as guides through this first Narnia adventure, providing an inside look at characters, settings and framework. Here is a book that will help you see Narnia as Lucy did - with childlike wonder and anticipation for the adventure that lies ahead.
Leland Ryken is Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illionois. He has written, edited or contributed to (so far) twenty-five books, including The Christian Imagination and Dictonary of Biblical Imagery
Marjorie Lamp Mead has been Associate Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton since 1977. She is editor (with Lyle W. Dorsett) of C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children and managing editor of Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review.