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The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes , and originally published in London between and , The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted for radio, television, the stage, and film. The series is set in the fictional realm of Narnia , a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals. It narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the Narnian world. Except in The Horse and His Boy , the protagonists are all children from the real world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are sometimes called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil. The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician's Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle. The Chronicles of Narnia is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over million copies in 47 languages.
Whatever the deficiencies of the Narnia movies to date , at least the filmmakers did one thing right: They followed the original publication order, which is how many or most editions numbered them until about 20 years ago. I still have an old boxed edition of the Chronicles that has each volume numbered this way:. Lewis wrote:. Lewis built up the Narnian world like an artist beginning with a doodle somewhere in the middle of the page, and then elaborating the picture, first this way, then that, finally winding up at the edges with a finished picture. Specifically, Lewis began with a poetic picture that had long been in his head — essentially the picture at the end of chapter 1 of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe : a faun carrying an umbrella and an armful of packages standing under a lamp post in a snowy wood.
By Fabien. On February 13, In Reading Guide. Long before the Harry Potter series became the books children read, there were The Chronicles of Narnia. Seriously, these stories are still really influential and there were not even published in a chronological order. If fact, finding an order that pleases everybody is near impossible. Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world full of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals.
In an American boy wrote C. Lewis to ask about the best order for reading The Chronicles of Narnia. The boy's mother believed the books should be read in order of their publication, beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But the boy thought it would be better to read them in order of Narnian history, beginning with the creation of the enchanted world in The Magician's Nephew. Lewis wrote back to the boy, saying, "I think I agree with your order for reading the books more than with your mother's," and soon afterward the publishers began to number them in this way. But Lewis, who had written bits and pieces of the books at different times, also noted that the order probably didn't much matter: "I'm not even sure that all the [books] were written in the same order in which they were published.