Spirits in Bondage

Spirits in Bondage (1919) was C.S. Lewis‘s first published work (originally published under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton, which is Lewis’ first name followed by his mother’s maiden name). Lewis was twenty years old and had just returned from military service in the First World War. His tutor, William T. Kirkpatrick encouraged him in publishing the book, although it was unusual at Lewis’s age, as writers were expected to wait longer before sharing their work with the world. The book is subtitled A Cycle of Lyrics and is composed of three different sections of poetry. The poems take on several styles and rhythms throughout the book, but share common themes. This work stands out among Lewis’s writings not only because of the focus on poetry rather than prose, but because the author had not yet made his conversion to Christianity; therefore the themes and worldviews offered in Spirits in Bondage  differ greatly from those for which Lewis is most well known. The book received no reviews and its reception was a slight disappointment for Lewis (from Wikipedia). Below is a full audio presentation of this work.

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