The Complete Works of C. S. Lewis


The list below supplies, in chronological order, all of C. S. Lewis’s books.

The reason for composing it is that many Lewis fans want to read “everything he wrote” but may have a hard time actually finding everything he wrote. There are lots of unpublished or hard-to-find essays, letters, and introductions. This list is only about full books. Making this list has helped me find some hidden gems in the Lewisian corpus. Hence I present it for you.

Explanation and more information on how it’s organized is below (scroll to the bottom).

Happy reading!

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# Year Book Category (and Genre) Notes  
1 1919 Spirits in Bondage: a Cycle of Lyrics     Essays, Poetry, Letters First published book. Poetry. Published under pseudonym Clive Hamilton.  
2 1933 Pilgrim’s Regress     Fiction (Fantasy) First book as a Christian. Third book (after Spirits in Bondage and Dymer)  
3 1936 The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition     Scholarly (Literature) First scholarly book.  
4 1938 Out of the Silent Planet     Fiction (Science Fiction) Cosmic trilogy 1 - A philologist is abducted by proud Western intellectuals who are bent on colonizing Mars.  
5 1939 The Personal Heresy     Essay collection Three essays by Lewis and Tillyard about poetry and whether it is about the person or the object  
6 1939 Rehabilitation and Other Essays     Essay collection Two essays not included in Essay Collection  
7 1940 Problem of Pain     Popular (Non-Fiction) An apologetic examination of the problem of evil, suffering, and death.  
8 1942 Screwtape Letters     Fiction (Epistolary Novel) Epistolary novel on non-fictional themes  
9 1942 A Preface to Paradise Lost     Scholarly (Literature) A study of Milton’s great epic, its style, and its Christian orthodoxy.  
10 1943 Perelandra     Fiction (Science Fiction) Cosmic trilogy 2 - Ransom visits Venus to prevent that planet’s own fall into sin.  
11 1943 Abolition of Man     Non-Fiction (Philosophy) A philosophical case for objective value, with reference to education and science.  
12 1944 16th Century English Literature Excluding Drama    Scholarly (Literature) Oxford History of English Literature. A critical study of 16th century English literature, poetry, and novels. This book got him the post at Cambridge. It was renamed “Poetry and Prose in the Sixteenth Century”.      
13 1945 That Hideous Strength     Fiction (Science Fiction) Cosmic triology 3, Ransom and his team fight the N.I.C.E. in a supernatural, apocalyptic war. The title refers to a Shelly poem about the Tower of Babel.  
14 1945 Great Divorce     Fiction (Novel) A dream visitation to the afterlife and examination of the problem of evil and predestination & free will. The title responds to William Blake’s “Marriage of Heaven and Hell”.  
15 1948 Arthurian Torso    Scholarly (Criticism) A critical study of Charles Williams’ poetry in Taliesson Through Logres and Region of the Summer Stars.  
16 1952 Mere Christianity     Non-Fiction (Theology) Four radio broadcast talks on fundamentals of Christian theology and ethics. Originally titled “Broadcast Talks.”  
17 1947 Miracles     Non-Fiction (Philosophy) A philosophical case that miracles are possible, fitting, and indeed real.  
18 1950 Narnia - Lion, Witch, Wardrobe     Fiction (Young Adult Novel) Narnia 3rd in series, written 1st  
19 1951 Narnia - Prince Caspian        Fiction (Young Adult Novel) Narnia 4th in series, written 2nd  
20 1952 Narnia - Voyage of Dawn Treader        Fiction (Young Adult Novel) Narnia 5th in series, written 3rd  
21 1953 Narnia - Silver Chair       Fiction (Young Adult Novel) Narnia 6th in series, written 4th  
22 1954 Narnia - Horse and His Boy        Fiction (Young Adult Novel) Narnia 2nd in series, written 5th  
23 1955 Narnia - Magician’s Nephew        Fiction (Young Adult Novel) Narnia 1st in series, written 6th  
24 1956 Narnia - Last Battle        Fiction (Young Adult Novel) Narnia 7th in series, written 7th  
25 1955 Surprised by Joy - The Shape of my Early Life Non-Fiction (autobiography) An autobiographical reflection on Lewis’ boyhood, young adulthood, and conversion to Christianity, with particular attention to the books and imaginative devices that awoke “sehnsucht”, “joy”. For Lewis, “joy” is a painful, unsatisfied longing that is more desirable than any satisfaction. This book was written before he had fallen in love with or married Joy Davidman in 1956.  
26 1956 Till We Have Faces        Fiction (Novel) A historical novel retelling a classic myth of Aphrodite and Cupid. The title is pulled from one of the lines in a chapter at toward the end of the book, where the main character asks, “How can we meet god face to face till we have faces?”  
27 1958 Reflections on the Psalms        Non-Fiction (Theology/Bible) A laymen’s exploration of difficult passages and problems in the most beloved book of the Bible.  
28 1960 Studies in Words        Scholarly (Philology) A study of the words and concepts from medieval literature that moderns are most liable to misunderstand.  
29 1960 The Four Loves        Non-Fiction (Philosophy) On the four Greek words for love: affection (storge), romantic love (eros), friendship (phileo), and charity (agape), plus an initial discussion of sub-human loves.  
30 1960 The World’s Last Night        Essay collection Seven essays by Lewis on second coming, prayer, Screwtape, science fiction  
31 1961 An Experiment in Criticism        Scholarly (Criticism) Essays on how to read books and judge them. The title refers to the “experiment” of judging a book by how it is read, rather than judging a reader by what books he likes.  
32 1961 A Grief Observed        Non-Fiction (Memoir) Journals and reflections the death of his wife, Joy.  
33 1963 Letters to Malcom, Chiefly on Prayer        Fiction (Epistolary Novel) An epistolary novel on themes such as prayer, liturgy, church, translations, corporate life, intercession to the saints, and more.  
34 1964 Discarded Image        Scholarly (History) A study of the medieval picture of the cosmos, man, god, animals, and longaevi.  
35 1966 Of Other Worlds        Essay collection Essays on Sci Fi / Fantasy, one essay not included in Essay collection  
36 1967 Letters to an American Lady        Letters    
37 1967 Spenser’s Images of Life        Scholarly (Literature)    
38 1969 Narrative Poems Poetry Ed. Walter Hooper Includes Dymer, Launcelot, Nameless Isle, Queen of Drum  
39 1970 Weight of Glory Essay collection Essays on theology and ethics. The eponymous “Weight of Glory” essay was a sermon Lewis delivered.  
40 1970 God in the Dock Essay collection Essays on theology and ethics  
41 1971 Undeceptions Essay collection One essay not included in Essay Collection  
42 1977 Dark Tower   An unfinished novel probably by Lewis, possibly an early draft of a Space Triology  
43 1980 Selected Literary Essays Essay collection    
44 1991 All my Road Before Me: Diaries Diary    
45 1994 Collected Poems Poetry Ed. Walter Hooper  
46 1996 Compelling Reason: Essays on Ethics and Theology Essay collection    
47 1998 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Scholarly (Literature) Book reviews, lectures, articles to show the twentieth century reader how to read and how to understand old books and manuscripts.  
48 2003 From Narnia to Space Odyssey: War b/w Arthur C. Clarke Essay collection Only 17 pages of letters between Lewis and Arthur C. Clarke  
49 2000 Collected Letters Vol. I Letters    
50 2004 Collected Letters Vol. II Letters    
51 2007 Collected Letters Vol. III Letters    
52 2009 The Latin Letters of Lewis Essay collection Correspondence between Lewis and St. Giovanni Calabria  

As far as I can discover, this type of exhaustive list doesn’t exist on, Wikipedia, Goodreads, Amazon, or anywhere else. Amazon and such places lean heavily on the books that made him most popular: Narnia, Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters. A narrower set of books are known and read by die-hard fans – Great Divorce or An Experiment in Criticism. But some books even raving Lewis fans may not have heard: the theologically exploratory Reflections on the Psalms or the literary criticism of the poetry of Charles Williams (Arthurian Torso).

A few words about the information. There is a column for the year of composition, the title of the book. These are self-explanatory.

There is a “category” column for sorting (fiction, scholarly books, popular non-fiction books, and essays) and a catch all “notes” column. One could easily break things down into more subcategories, such as fiction for children (Narnia) and fiction for adults (The Cosmic Trilogy), but I opted for simplicity over a high resolution. I did put the Genre of the book in parentheses.

Finally, there is a “Notes” column where I put a sentence or two of relevant information about the book, such as the origin of the title, or the theme of the book.

Regarding essay collections: there are quite a few redundant essay collections out there. I include them all, and try to clarify in the “Notes” whether there are actually any essays in the collection you couldn’t read elsewhere. The problem of so many redundant essay collections is due to various publishers retaining the rights to various essays and collections. No one publisher or individual has yet hazarded the creation of a complete and non-repetitive collection of “The Complete Essays of C.S. Lewis”. And one is likely to do so for a few decades until the Lewis copyright runs out in the U.S.

Personally, I have not read everything on the list – the scholarly books are slow going, and the letters and many essays are hard to come by. But this list has helped me find some hidden gems in the Lewisian corpus. Hence I present it for you.