The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia


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All seven tales in The Chronicles of Narnia are bound together, with full-color illustrations, in one magnificent hardcover volume with a personal introduction by Douglas Gresham, stepson of C. S. Lewis.

Talking beasts, waking trees, heroic deeds, and epic battles between good and evil await you in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been enchanting readers for over sixty years.

This edition presents the seven books—The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle—unabridged and arranged in C. S. Lewis's preferred order, featuring full-color artwork by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060281373
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/18/1998
Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers 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 Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Pauline Baynes has produced hundreds of wonderful illustrations for the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 1968 she was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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The Magician's Nephew

Chapter One
The Wrong Door

This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.

In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In those days, if you were a boy you had to wear a stiff Eton collar every day, and schools were usually nastier than now. But meals were nicer; and as for sweets, I won't tell you how cheap and good they were, because it would only make your mouth water in vain. And in those days there lived in London a girl called Polly Plummer.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Chapter One
Lucy Looks Into the Wardrobe

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. They were sent to the house of an old Professor who lived in the heart of the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station and two miles from the nearest post office. He had no wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper called Mrs. Macready and three servants. (Their names were Ivy, Margaret and Betty, but they do not come into the story much.) He himself was a very old man with shaggy white hair which grew over most of his face as well as on his head, and they liked him...

The Horse and His Boy

Chapter One
HowShasta Set Out On His Travels

This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him.

In those days, far south in Calormen on a little creek of the sea, there lived a poor fisherman called Arsheesh, and with him there lived a boy who called him Father. The boy's name was Shasta. On most days Arsheesh went out in his boat to fish in the morning, and in the afternoon he harnessed his donkey to a cart and loaded the cart with fish and went a mile or so southward to the village to sell it. If it had sold well he would come home in a moderately...

Prince Caspian

Chapter One
The Island

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. They had opened the door of a magic wardrobe and found themselves in a quite different world from ours, and in that different world they had become Kings and Queens in a country called Narnia. While they were in Narnia they seemed to reign for years and years; but when they came back through the door and found themselves in England again, it all seemed to have taken no time at all. At any rate, no one noticed that they had ever been away, and they never told anyone except one very wise grown-up.

That had all happened a year ago, and now all...

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Chapter One
The Picture in the Bedroom

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can't tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother," but Harold and Alberta. They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open.

Eustace Clarence liked animals, especially beetles, if they were dead and pinned on a card. He liked books if they were books of information and had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign children doing exercises in model schools.

The Silver Chair

Chapter One
Behind The Gym

It was a dull autumn day and Jill Pole was crying behind the gym.

She was crying because they had been bullying her. This is not going to be a school story, so I shall say as little as possible about Jill's school, which is not a pleasant subject. It was "Coeducational," a school for both boys and girls, what used to be called a "mixed" school; some said it was not nearly so mixed as the minds of the people who ran it. These people had the idea that boys and girls should be allowed to do what they liked. And unfortunately what ten or fifteen of the biggest boys and girls liked best was bullying the others. All sorts of things, horrid things, went on which at an ordinary school would have been found out and stopped in half...

The Last Battle

Chapter One
By Caldron Pool

In the last days of Narnia, far up to the west beyond Lantern Waste and close beside the great waterfall, there lived an Ape. He was so old that no one could remember when he had first come to live in those parts, and he was the cleverest, ugliest, most wrinkled Ape you can imagine. He had a little house, built of wood and thatched with leaves, up in the fork of a great tree, and his name was Shift. There were very few Talking Beasts or Men or Dwarfs, or people of any sort, in that part of the wood, but Shift had one friend and neighbor who was a donkey called Puzzle. At least they both said they were friends, but from the way things went on you might have thought Puzzle was more like Shift's servant than his friend. He did...

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slimikin More than 1 year ago
I read The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time when I was nine and cried when I finished them because the books were so vivid, Narnia felt so real, that I didn't want the books to end. Since then, I've read them several more times---not always in order, and sometimes just for certain moments I want to relive---and I always find something new to enjoy. I will say, though, that as beautiful an edition of the series as this is, I prefer the original ordering to this new chronological-within-Narnia order. Not only does the original order allow readers to follow the Pevensie children's adventures before introducing them to Narnia's past and future, it places Aslan's sacrifice and resurrection---the essential point of the books' Christian allegory---in its proper spot: first and as the primary event around which all the other allegorical events revolve. That original order for anyone who might be interested: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician's Nephew; The Last Battle.
Will_McCarty More than 1 year ago
The actual book itself is well put together. Good binding, even has a cloth page marker. The cover art is a nice map of Narnia and surrounding lands. Kids will like the art on nearly every page of the book to help them visualize the story. The Narnia series is one of the best fantasy stories ever written. There is a strong undercurrent of Christian beliefs in the storyline complete with a Messiah figure, a traitor, a sacrifice etc and that is just in the first story. This is a phenomenal read for children and adults alike.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will continue to read these over and over my whole life.
AspiringAmeliorant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Certainly a classic. The bound-in-one edition is beautiful, and though I read it in bed, it is not best suited for such a purpose. The Narnia books are both enchanting stories and exhortations to a better life. I'm a little sad that I never got around to reading them when I was young, as I believe it would be quite lovely to reread them, noticing the different nuances as you get older.
AtomicFluffchick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a longtime fan of the Narnia series, and this is certainly a lovely edition of the works. There is one major flaw with this edition (and, apparently, several others!) that needs to be addressed -- the books are provided in the incorrect order!When Lewis originally wrote the series, he released the novels in the following order, and it's the BEST order to read them in:- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe- Prince Caspian- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader- The Silver Chair- The Horse and His Boy- The Magician's Nephew- The Last BattleThis is the proper order to read the series in, in terms of the order that will let Lewis's storytelling unspool best. Readers who begin with "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" will get to wonder along with the protagonists: "who is Aslan, and what is so special about his return?" -- something that readers who began with "The Magician's Nephew" will never get to experience because they already know the answer. Something that's SUPPOSED to be a mystery no longer is. And the mysterious professor who's strangely inclined to believe Lucy's preposterous story isn't mysterious or strange at all, because his identity has already been spoilered.DON'T start with "The Magician's Nephew." It's intended to be a prequel, an origin story, that's only revealed to readers right before the climactic final battles that consume Narnia. And by the same token, even though "The Horse and His Boy" is set during the "Golden Age" that occurs shortly before the end of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," its impact is significantly lessened if it's read after then, rather than after "The Silver Chair." Since most of that story takes place in Calormen and Archenland, it's important to let the story naturally widen out -- with the natural widening of the setting that occurs over "Prince Caspian," "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," and "The Silver Chair" as foreign lands are referred to and visited -- before being immersed in a part of the Narnia world that ISN'T actually Narnia.If you value the storytelling, and the mental journey that Lewis intended readers to take, read them in the proper order of publication rather than the misguided order that this volume has rearranged them in. I would have given the volume five stars, because it really is gorgeous, if it weren't for that glaring flaw.
jennham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The books themselves are definitely five-star. This edition puts the books in the wrong order, so I have to knock it down for that. Yes, The Magician's Nephew came before The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe chronologically. It was published after and it makes TLTWTW less magical if TMN is read first. That being said, the illustrations are gorgeous. I am a sucker for great illustrations. And ribbon bookmarks.
littlered039 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read all the 'Chronicles of Narnia' books as a child. Those books probably had the single biggest influence in teaching me to love reading. While I'm an agnostic myself, C.S. Lewis' writing (both in the Narnia books and his other works) contains so much wit and wisdom that I just get carried away by the intelligence and skill of it, while enjoying the allegory of the books as well. I can't say anything that hasn't been said about the Narnia books themselves. They're classics, probably the best work of juvenile fantasy written in the 20th century, and they have a depth and cleverness to them that makes them required reading for adults. I find something new every time I go back to them. I bought this particular edition when my childhood Narnia chronicles completely fell apart from repeated readings. It's gorgeous. The colored illustrations, the maps, even the pages themselves...I just stare at the thing and enjoy it. It's a beautiful package for my favorite books and I'd highly recommend it.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia are a set of fanciful and interesting stories which hooked me from a fairly young age. I love the world in which the Pevensie children find themselves, and even while the religious imagery is a bit obvious, I'm able to ignore it to embrace the overall story and fantasy. This volume is beautiful, with a gorgeous cover as well as a very lovely binding with all seven novels included in one. It seems to be more of a coffee table book than a regular reading novel but all the same it is a keeper.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book, but can be pretty shallow most of the time. I like the fact that all the books are ordered chronologically story-wise, and not by when they were published. These books don¿t even come close to the depth and beauty of JRR Tolkien¿s Lord of the Rings series, although they¿re great books to read to your children.
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KatieMacCO More than 1 year ago
Unlike many, I did not read the Chronicles of Narnia when I was a child. I am almost 25 years old and I'm reading these delightful stories for the first time because my book club decided to read "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" for our next meeting. Lewis brings his captivating writing style to a child's level and engages children of every age into his story. There is wit, adventure and deep spiritual lessons sewn into these stories. I would recommend this for anyone! I'm also happy that I purchased the hardcover with the illustrations. It makes the book feel more magical than a regular old paper back book. I look forward to passing this book along to my children and grandchildren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this as a baptism gift for my son, and have used it for the same. C.S. Lewis' Narnia classics, bound together in a beautiful edition.
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