The Screwtape Letters by C. S. LewisThe Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters

byC. S. Lewis

Paperback | April 21, 2015

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The Screwtape Letters by C.S.  Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written. 

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge Universi...
Title:The Screwtape LettersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060652934

ISBN - 13:9780060652937

Appropriate for ages: 16

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Editorial Reviews

“C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.”