David C. Downing


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R. W. Schlosser Professor of English

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 17022

College webpage

Email: downindc@etown.edu




The Pilgrim’s Regress by C. S. Lewis: The Wade Annotated Edition

   Introduction and notes by David C. Downing. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, September 2014.

·         Includes 500 explanatory notes, translations, and definitions of technical terms.

·         Features 75 previously unpublished interpretive notes by C. S. Lewis

·         “An outstanding contribution to Lewis studies.” Alan Jacobs, Baylor University

·         “A must for all serious Lewis fans.”   Devin Brown, Asbury College






Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel

     San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010



  • “A superbly gripping novel.” Joseph Pearce, St. Austin Review
  • A beguiling and enjoyable read—laced throughout with romance, wry humor,

      and questions of eternal consequence.” Marjorie  Lamp Mead,

      The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College     

  • “All Inklings lovers will be delighted!” Thomas Howard, author, Chance or the Dance
  • “I couldn’t put it down!” Peter J. Schakel, author, The Way into Narnia


South Divided Cover



A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy

      Nashville: Cumberland House, 2007.


  • Nominated for the Lincoln Prize, sponsored by the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College
  • Invited lecture and booksigning at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum
  • “A fascinating and long-overdue book.” Tyler Tichelaar, Reader Views
  • “A thoroughly engrossing ‘must-read’ contribution to Civil War history shelves.” Midwest Book Review
  • “Not just another Civil War book. Read and enjoy.” Civil War News






Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles

       San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.             

  • Recommended as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year on C. S. Lewis in Christianity Today.
  • Reviews or author interviews in U. S. News & World Report, Christian Century, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, San Antonio Express-News, Baltimore Sun, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly
  • Lectures and book signings at conferences or bookstores in Oxford, England; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Translated into Korean, Japanese, Polish.






Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis

       Chicago, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.             

  • Recommended as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year on C. S. Lewis in Christianity Today.
  • Reviews or author interviews in Books & Culture, Mythprint, Reformation Journal, Library Journal, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio and an mp3 on Audiobooks






The Most Reluctant Convert: C. S. Lewis's Journey to Faith.
      Chicago, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

  • Awarded the Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant, Wade Special Collections Center, Wheaton, Illinois       
  • Named one of the Top Ten Books of the 2002 in the category of Religion by the American Library Association
  • 2002 Gold Medal Finalist, Christian Publishers Association
  • Translated into Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese
  • Released as an audio book by Blackstone Audio







Planets in Peril:  A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis's Ransom Trilogy

        University of Massachusetts Press, September 1992.


• Named one of the Academic Books of the Year, American Library Association

• Selected as 1993 Scholarly Book of the Year Award, The Mythopoeic Society

• "A major contribution to Lewis studies which should be the standard work on the trilogy for many years." Science Fiction Studies

• “The best critical overview of C. S. Lewis published to date." 

       Christian Scholars Review



Some translations


Misinfo Spanish   

MRC Korean

MRC Spanish

MRC Italian

NARNIA Polish cover

Narnia cover Korean