"HOW CAN THE GODS MEET US FACE TO FACE TILL WE HAVE FACES": FIRST EDITION OF C.S. LEWIS' FINAL BOOK OF FICTION, TILL WE HAVE FACES, 1956
LEWIS, C.S. Till We Have Faces. A Myth Retold. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1956. Octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket.
First edition of Lewis' "last book of fiction, and the one he considered his best," his evocative retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, in colorful original dust jacket.
C.S. Lewis is "one of the key English intellectual authors of the mid-20th century" (Guardian). As in his Chronicles of Narnia and Ransom Trilogy, Lewis' Till We Have Faces imaginatively points to "the moral responsibility of all human beings and the good news of the great rescue that is available to all" (Edwards, ed., C.S. Lewis, 124). The book's lyrical retelling of the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche was his "last work of fiction, and the one he considered his best." It is, as well, the one "most highly praised by literary critics." Set in an imaginary land before the birth of Christ, the book's "opening paragraphs indicate that this story will deal with some of the deep, universal issues that all human beings face: whether gods exist and, if so, what they are like, and why bad things happen to good people… Lewis 'was acutely conscious of the hiddenness of God, of the inexhaustible mystery of the Divine.' Ware calls this the leitmotif of Till We Have Faces" (Cambridge Companion, 281-89). "First published 1956" with no statement of printings on copyright page. Gift inscription.
Book with spotting to top edge of text block, bright dust jacket with a bit of foxing to rear panel. A nearly fine copy.