Re: [mythsoc] Narnia reading order
- At 12:04 PM 4/19/2005 -0400, pond wrote:
>I wonder if anyone knows ifIt was not planned. Lewis had no idea where LWW was going to go when he
>Lewis intended the books as a series from the get-go, or whether he just
>LWW and, when it was a success (or because he enjoyed the tale and its
>so much) carried on, and on.
thought of the story's beginning, and the sequels - at least the earlier
ones - were written without prior awareness that a sequel had to come. Nor
were they a response to success, as all of the first five - LWW, Prince
Caspian, Voyage, Silver Chair, and Horse - had been written before LWW was
published. The impetus was just the desire to write them. Only the
bookends, Magician's Nephew & Last Battle, seem to have been planned as
such, and they came last. I doubt very much that Lewis had any idea of how
Narnia had come to be when he wrote LWW. To my mind, this shows in the
work, and Nephew suffers from being forced to explain things that
originally had no explanation.