The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order) Series by C.S. LewisAn alternative reading order based solely on the internal chronology of the novels with the exception of The Horse and His Boy which takes place during the time frame of the final few pages of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Note that this reading order only dates from , more than 30 years after C. Lewis died. See the preferred read… More. Book 1. The Magician's Nephew by C.
The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order) Series
In an American boy wrote C. Lewis to ask about the best order for reading The Chronicles of Narnia. The boy's mother believed the books should be read in order of their publication, beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But the boy thought it would be better to read them in order of Narnian history, beginning with the creation of the enchanted world in The Magician's Nephew. Lewis wrote back to the boy, saying, "I think I agree with your order for reading the books more than with your mother's," and soon afterward the publishers began to number them in this way. But Lewis, who had written bits and pieces of the books at different times, also noted that the order probably didn't much matter: "I'm not even sure that all the [books] were written in the same order in which they were published. Below, the books are listed in the order of Narnian history, accompanied by the first line of each.
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One of the great schisms of our time goes hardly noticed by the press. Lewis fanatics like me. And we find it very important—so much so that a number of Lewis scholars have responded to the issue in print, making my offering just one more addition to the mix. Is this a strange quirk in Narnian numerology—part of its deep magic? Or could it be a dark conspiracy to ruin the books—part of the machinations of Screwtape? Some Background C.
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes , and originally published in London between and , The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted for radio, television, the stage, and film.