Black Mountain books will host Dr. Don King, professor of English, in a reception and signing of his new book, “Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis,” on Saturday, May 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The subtitle might well be “The Best of Don King,” since the book is a collection of King’s essays and reviews on the acclaimed Christian writer. The collection was inspired by the approach of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Lewis, along with Don King’s realization that he has been writing about Lewis for the last forty years.
King’s writings about Lewis have been grouped into four subject areas: 1) The Chronicles of Narnia, which will perhaps be his longest lasting legacy; 2) Lewis’s poetry, an area that has been too long neglected; 3) Lewis and the two women poets with whom he had lasting relationships, Ruth Pitter and Joy Davidman, who became his wife; and 4) reviews and review essays of key books on Lewis. According to Don King, the last section “offers a perspective on the ways in which scholarly interest in Lewis has developed over the last thirty years and concludes with a new review essay that covers several of the most important recent books written on Lewis.”
King is currently working on three additional books on C. S. Lewis: “Silent Music: The Letters of Ruth Pitter,” to be published in 2013; “Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman” (2014), and “The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition” (2015).
Black Mountain Books is located at 103 Cherry Street, Black Mountain. Call 669-8149 for more information.