Screwtape Letters On Audio
Screwtape Letters On Audio – From the award-winning audio drama team that brings you Radio Theatre’s “Amazing Grace” and The Chronicles of Narnia. In his ever popular masterpiece “The Screwtape Letters”, C.S. Lewis reimagines Hell as a terrifying bureaucracy. Spiritual insight and…
From the award-winning audio drama team that brings you Radio Theatre’s “Amazing Grace” and The Chronicles of Narnia. In his ever popular masterpiece “The Screwtape Letters”, C.S. Lewis reimagines Hell as a terrifying bureaucracy. With spiritual insight and intelligence, Lewis suggests that demons, operating in a vast enterprise, have frighteningly recognizable human traits: competition, greed, and totalitarian punishment. Avoiding their own painful torments as well as the desire to dominate drives demons to torture their “patients”. The style and unique dark humor of “The Screwtape Letters” are retained in this full-cast dramatization, as is the original setting of London during World War II. The story is carried by the senior demon Screwtape magnificently played by award-winning actor Andy Serkis (“Gollum” in Lord of the Rings) as he shares correspondence with his apprentice demon Wormwood.
Screwtape Letters On Audio
CS Lewis (1898 -1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and the most influential Christian writer of his time. This Irish-born Oxford and Cambridge academic wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a wide audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers each year. Among his most iconic and popular writings are his seven-part fantasy series for children The Chronicles of Narnia (1956); Science Fiction Space Trilogy (1938-1945); apologetics The Problem of Pain (1940), The Screwtape Letters (1942), Miracles (1947), Mere Christianity (1952), and The Four Loves (1960); and the autobiographies Surprised by Joy (1955) and A Grief Observed (1961). Numerous Christian authors, pastors, thinkers, and artists have credited CS Lewis as a major influence on their faith journey, and his Narnia books have become classics of children’s literature.
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Clive Staples Lewis was born on 29 November 1898 in Belfast, Ireland, the son of Albert James Lewis, a lawyer of Welsh descent. Lewis became known as ‘Jack’ as a young child after adopting the name of his pet dog that had been killed by a car. Her mother Flora was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, and died when Louise was only ten years old. Lewis had a brother, Warren – affectionately known as Warney – who was three years his senior. The two would remain close friends and creative collaborators throughout Louis’ life. As children, they shared a fascination with humanoid animal characters such as Beatrix Potter, and wrote and illustrated stories of a fictional world, which they called ‘Boxen’, run entirely by such imaginary beings.
Lewis’s childhood home was filled with books, and he became an avid and intrepid reader at an early age. Until his mother’s death, Louis was educated by private tutors, after which he attended a series of boarding schools in both Ireland and England. It was during the last of these at the age of 15 that Louis abandoned his childhood Christian faith and became an atheist. It was also at this time that he developed an intense love for ancient Norse myths and the natural world – an aesthetic complex he called ‘transcendence’ and associated with a mysterious inner longing for ‘joy’. Under the influence of his teacher William Kirkpatrick, Lewis would move on to a deeper involvement with ancient Greek literature. Lewis’s academic skills won him a scholarship to Oxford in 1916, but his studies were interrupted shortly afterwards by military service in the First World War. Lewis was commissioned a lieutenant in the Light Infantry Regiment and sent to the Western Front in France. Experienced the horrors of trench warfare, and was wounded by what would now be called ‘friendly fire’.
After the war, Lewis resumed his studies at Oxford and in the years between 1920 and 1923 obtained firsts in Greek and Latin literature, philosophy and English. By 1925 he was Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford – a position he would hold for almost three decades. In 1954, Lewis transferred to Cambridge, where he was given a professorship as the new Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature.
In the late 1920s, Lewis’ circle of literary friends at Oxford joined a discussion group known as The Inklings, which met regularly for nearly two decades. Members shared an enthusiasm for narrative stories, fables, legends – especially Norse, Celtic, folklore and medieval material – and fantasy fiction. They will read aloud their own work-in-progress and receive suggestions and criticism from their peers. Members include JRR Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams and Warney Lewis. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Lewis’ science fiction novel Out of the Silent Planet were among the materials workshopped with the Inklings.
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Lewis’s return to Christianity between 1929 and 1931 was decisively influenced by his friend Tolkien’s devout Catholic faith. Scottish author and Congregational minister George Macdonald (1824–1905), as well as G. Chester K. Apologetic work The Everlasting Man (1925). Lewis famously described himself as a stubbornly difficult convert in his spiritual autobiography Surprised by Joy (1955):
“In Trinity Term of 1929 I accepted, and acknowledged that God was God, and knelt down and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most despondent and reluctant convert in all England.”
As a Christian, Lewis maintained a commitment to the Anglican Communion in which he was raised, although he sought to minimize sectarian differences in his apologetic writings, instead extolling the perennial essence of orthodox belief. It was the latter that Lewis presented in his popular work Mere Christianity, adapted from a series of radio talks he gave for the BBC from 1942 to 1944, and which has become one of the most influential Christian books of modern times. Lewis’s theology was fundamentally Anglican, with an ecumenical breadth shaped by the formative influences of the Catholicism of the Tolkiens and Chesterton and the Christian universalism of MacDonald.
Louise married relatively late in her life, at the age of 57, under unusual circumstances. He befriended Joy Davidman Gresham – an American intellectual of Jewish background and a convert from atheism to Christianity like Lewis. Joy was trying to stay in the UK with her two sons, having escaped an abusive marriage, and Louise kindly agreed to a civil union to enable her to stay. Shortly thereafter, Joey was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. What began as a marriage of convenience between friends became much deeper, and Louis and Joey married in 1957 as a full Christian. As it turned out, Joy was the love of Louise’s life, and when she died after three years of remission, Louise experienced a shattering grief from which she never really recovered. Lewis expressed his profound loss in A Grief Observed, which he published under a pseudonym. Lewis and Joy’s love story became the subject of the film and stage play Shadowlands.
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Less than an hour before the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Lewis died of kidney failure. Lewis is buried at Holy Trinity Church, Haddington, Oxford Parish Church, with which he and his brother Warney had been actively associated since the 1930s. From the award-winning audio drama team that brought you Radio Theatre’s Amazing Grace and The Chronicles of Narnia. In his ever-popular masterpiece The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis reimagines Hell as a terrifying bureaucracy. With spiritual insight and intelligence, Lewis suggests that demons, operating in a vast enterprise, have frighteningly recognizable human traits: competition, greed, and totalitarian punishment. Avoiding their own painful torments as well as the desire to dominate drives demons to torture their “patients”.
The style and unique dark humor of The Screwtape Letters are retained in this full-cast dramatization, as is the original setting of London during World War II. The story is carried by the senior demon Screwtape magnificently played by award-winning actor Andy Serkis (“Gollum” in Lord of the Rings) as he shares correspondence with his apprentice demon Wormwood. All 31 characters lead to dramatic scenes, set in Hell or the real world with humans – aka “the patient”, as the demons say – with his circle of friends and family. This radio theater release also stars Geoffrey Palmer (Tomorrow Never Dies), Laura Michelle Kelly (Sweeney Todd), Eileen Page (The Secret Garden), and other world-class actors.
Includes 10 new songs inspired by the classic book, four behind-the-scenes video documentary featurettes and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Four CDs, approx. 5 hours TRT.
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Screwtape Letters Podcast
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