"Sunbeams and Bottles reveals C.S. Lewis as a narrative thinker and neo-Romantic, for whom what felt right as a story was a sure guide to truth, and for whom story was the best way to communicate the truths he found—as a fantasist, an apologist, and a literary critic. This commitment to the truth of story, as Prothero shows, is why Lewis so often slips through the fingers of those who would claim him as a flagbearer for any political, religious, or theoretical position; try to put him in a bottle, and Lewis fizzes up and keeps you from pushing in the cork."
     Janet Brennan Croft, editor of Mythlore: A Journal of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis,
    ​ Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

"Correctly insisting that Lewis must not be co-opted for any Ideology, Professor Prothero’s deep reading of Lewis in the context of his own literary learning has yielded this rich and broad understanding, frequently personal, of the (often-paradoxical) man and his work. Even when revisiting familiar terrain, Prothero seeks to correct settled views from a fresh angle. His unfolding, especially, of Lewis’s “narrative thinking” makes this book required reading for students and Lewis scholars alike."
     James Como, author of C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table
    ​
and Mystical Perelandra: My Lifelong Reading of CS Lewis & His Favorite Book
"As one voyages through Sunbeams and Bottles, one senses steady hands at the tiller, the trustworthy hands of Jim Prothero. In twenty-one chapters and twenty-one key ideas, Dr. Prothero hews to a speedy course, displaying mastery and humor and insight in a conversational style that should win him many happy passengers.
​I learned something new in every chapter!"
     Paul Ford, author of Companion to Narnia
"Prothero makes his case convincingly, covering a wide variety of categories – virtue, myth, imagination, reason, first and second things, natural law, Scripture, quiddity, culture, hierarchy, membership, etc. – thereby providing valuable insight into the complexities of Lewis’s thought. Read this book and understand Lewis far better than you did!"
     Joel Heck, author of No Ordinary People: 21 Friendships of C.S. Lewis

James Propthero
About the Author

Dr. James Prothero teaches English and lives in Orange County, California. He is a watercolor artist, and has published much work on C.S. Lewis, including Gaining a Face: The Romanticism of C.S. Lewis. He is the Director of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society and former editor of The Lamp-Post.
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