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Narnia Code C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens

ISBN-10: 1414339658
ISBN-13: 9781414339658
Edition: 2010
Authors: Michael Ward
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Description: Millions of readers have been captivated by C. S. Lewis's famed Chronicles of Narnia, but most have no idea why. For over half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key-the "secret code"-to the beloved series, but it has remained  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Millions of readers have been captivated by C. S. Lewis's famed Chronicles of Narnia, but most have no idea why. For over half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key-the "secret code"-to the beloved series, but it has remained a mystery. Until now. In The Narnia Code, Michael Ward takes the reader through each of the seven Narnia books and reveals how each story embodies and expresses the characteristics of one of the seven planets of medieval cosmology-Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus and Saturn-planets which Lewis described as "spiritual symbols of permanent value." How does medieval cosmology relate to the Christian underpinnings of the series? How did it impact Lewis's depiction of Aslan, the Christlike character at the heart of the books? And why did Lewis keep this planetary inspiration a secret? Originally a ground-breaking scholarly work called Planet Narnia, this more accessible adaptation will answer all the questions.

Michael Ward graduated with combined honors in economics and statistics from the University of Exeter and with an M.A. from the University of Cambridge. His first appointment was as an official statistician in Central Africa, where he acquired the basics of the craft of data collection in the field. He is past Director of Studies in Economics and Dean of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, and a former Principal Economist in Operations (Southeast Asia) and Policy at the World Bank. Mr. Ward has authored many articles and official reports in both applied economics and statistics and has published several books. In 1999, in Helsinki, he was awarded the Henry Methorst Medal of the International Statistical Institute for "outstanding contributions to international statistics." In 2000, he was elected Chair of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth and currently serves on its Council. He is also on the Statistical Advisory Panel for the Human Development Report.

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