The Chronicles of Narnia: One Volume

The Chronicles of Narnia: One Volume

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Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.

An impressive hardcover volume containing all seven books in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, graced by black-and-white chapter opening illustrations and featuring an essay by C. S. Lewis on writing. This volume also contains C. S. Lewis's essay "On Three Ways of Writing for Children."

Fantastic creatures, heroic deeds, epic battles in the war between good and evil, and unforgettable adventures come together in this world where magic meets reality, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years. The Chronicles of Narnia has transcended the fantasy genre to become a part of the canon of classic literature.

This edition presents all seven books—The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle—unabridged. The books appear according to C. S. Lewis's preferred order and each chapter features a chapter opening illustration by the original artist, Pauline Baynes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060598242
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/2004
Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
Edition description: Adult Edition in one volume
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 61,218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.21(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Pauline Baynes has produced hundreds of wonderful illustrations for the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 1968 she was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

Read an Excerpt

The Magician's Nephew

Chapter One
The Wrong Door

This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.

In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In those days, if you were a boy you had to wear a stiff Eton collar every day, and schools were usually nastier than now. But meals were nicer; and as for sweets, I won't tell you how cheap and good they were, because it would only make your mouth water in vain. And in those days there lived in London a girl called Polly Plummer.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Chapter One
Lucy Looks Into the Wardrobe

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. They were sent to the house of an old Professor who lived in the heart of the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station and two miles from the nearest post office. He had no wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper called Mrs. Macready and three servants. (Their names were Ivy, Margaret and Betty, but they do not come into the story much.) He himself was a very old man with shaggy white hair which grew over most of his face as well as on his head, and they liked him...

The Horse and His Boy

Chapter One
HowShasta Set Out On His Travels

This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him.

In those days, far south in Calormen on a little creek of the sea, there lived a poor fisherman called Arsheesh, and with him there lived a boy who called him Father. The boy's name was Shasta. On most days Arsheesh went out in his boat to fish in the morning, and in the afternoon he harnessed his donkey to a cart and loaded the cart with fish and went a mile or so southward to the village to sell it. If it had sold well he would come home in a moderately...

Prince Caspian

Chapter One
The Island

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. They had opened the door of a magic wardrobe and found themselves in a quite different world from ours, and in that different world they had become Kings and Queens in a country called Narnia. While they were in Narnia they seemed to reign for years and years; but when they came back through the door and found themselves in England again, it all seemed to have taken no time at all. At any rate, no one noticed that they had ever been away, and they never told anyone except one very wise grown-up.

That had all happened a year ago, and now all...

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Chapter One
The Picture in the Bedroom

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can't tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother," but Harold and Alberta. They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open.

Eustace Clarence liked animals, especially beetles, if they were dead and pinned on a card. He liked books if they were books of information and had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign children doing exercises in model schools.

The Silver Chair

Chapter One
Behind The Gym

It was a dull autumn day and Jill Pole was crying behind the gym.

She was crying because they had been bullying her. This is not going to be a school story, so I shall say as little as possible about Jill's school, which is not a pleasant subject. It was "Coeducational," a school for both boys and girls, what used to be called a "mixed" school; some said it was not nearly so mixed as the minds of the people who ran it. These people had the idea that boys and girls should be allowed to do what they liked. And unfortunately what ten or fifteen of the biggest boys and girls liked best was bullying the others. All sorts of things, horrid things, went on which at an ordinary school would have been found out and stopped in half...

The Last Battle

Chapter One
By Caldron Pool

In the last days of Narnia, far up to the west beyond Lantern Waste and close beside the great waterfall, there lived an Ape. He was so old that no one could remember when he had first come to live in those parts, and he was the cleverest, ugliest, most wrinkled Ape you can imagine. He had a little house, built of wood and thatched with leaves, up in the fork of a great tree, and his name was Shift. There were very few Talking Beasts or Men or Dwarfs, or people of any sort, in that part of the wood, but Shift had one friend and neighbor who was a donkey called Puzzle. At least they both said they were friends, but from the way things went on you might have thought Puzzle was more like Shift's servant than his friend. He did...

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Thatdude More than 1 year ago
Each of the 7 stories pulls you in and wraps you in the world and characters. The parallels to Christianity are sometimes quite obvious, but others are buried and a challenge to find (well at least for someone who isnt incredibly versed in religion). The book also can also (to a degree) be motivational. It shows that even if everything is up against the wall and you are stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place, not to give up and keep trying. A short little note, if Eustace is ticking you off royally, dont give up on him ;)

Overall, i would highly recommend this to anyone.
Tikatu More than 1 year ago
I finally bought this series and I have one regret, and that's waiting to own it! It is a fun filled book, with hidden life messages. (It's C. Lewis, it's to be expected.) I know a couple of people that had to get use to Lewis' writing, but other than that I haven't heard any complaints, and you won't find one from me. Great read for all ages. The stories are addicting, so try to read when you aren't quite ready for bed/have enough free time to keep reading, you'll be sad to put it down.

If you liked the movies, you'll LOVE the books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely superb. Don't be fooled: it may be a children's book, but the message and virtues it conveys are trully mature and not childish and it will therefore also fit adult readers. It's relatively easy to read, in contrast with the Lord of the Rings (I read it all in 2 weeks) and never dull or boring. I've read many books throughout my life, being an avid reader, but this is the best I've ever read (and no, I'm not a child, i'm a 22-year-old medical student).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I missed reading these books as a child. I am 42 years old and enjoyed them so much. I hope kids of all ages take the time to read them. I am looking forward to the movie.
loubigfish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Story was amazing and was a page turner. Would highly recommend
lindsaydiffee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was huge for me.
mspioneer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about fantasy. This book is about a group of kids who are brothers 7 sisters who have an adventure in an undiscovered land called Narnia. They meet a talking lion named Aslan and they go to war with the witch to determine who will be in charge of Narnia.
meersan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Four siblings dorothy to a land of kiddie wish fulfillment populated by heavy-handed New Testament allegory and Santa Claus.
kellyhatter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I used to make it a summr traditon to read all 7 books. I've read them many times. I just wish they would make a chronological series of movies out of them instead of skipping around.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite series. It is one of the few series of books that I have read multiple times.
LadyBlakney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not just for kids! Like the Harry Potter books, The Chronicles of Narnia holds something for readers of all ages.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia are a set of fanciful and interesting stories which hooked me from a fairly young age. I love the world in which the Pevensie children find themselves, and even while the religious imagery is a bit obvious, I'm able to ignore it to embrace the overall story and fantasy. This volume is also convenient and lovely, containing all seven volumes in what it calls 'The order CS Lewis intended for them to be read.' I wouldn't trade this one for anything.
tetchechury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books as a kid. I didn't know until recently that the book is full of religious undertones, but it is still a great story. Also turned into a fantastic movie.
sweetsarah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i really liked this series it always kept me wanting to find out what is going to happen next. honestly i read the entire series in about a week.
NativeRoses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i loved this fantasy classic as a kid and highly recommend the entire series. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe starts the adventure as Lucy, Susan, Edward, and Peter get whisked away to Narnia. The Magicians Nephew and The Horse and His Boy are some of my favorites.Every kid should read these.
caerulius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia are some of the most enchanting stories, ever. C.S. Lewis managed to create a new mythology of fairy tale that I think of in a class with J.R.R. Tolkien, although Lewis's world is without doubt a great deal more innocuous. Narnia could be a sort of Middle Earth for children, if you kept the analogy at a very high level.This is all of the Narnia stories, combined into one volume, and in story-order, rather than the order in which they were written. I have a soft spot for The Horse and His Boy personally.A beautiful adventure.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been an on-again, off-again fan of the Narnia books. Currently I am on-again. While I love fantasy these books can be a little hard to get through at times. The writing is masterful but not the easiest read in the world. You have to WANT to read the book. It helps to have an idea of where the story line is going.
joanne747 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT. Not only becaus this was presented into movies, but because of the well thought out story idea of this book, and the fascinating flows of the story just dragged me into this book!====4 stars!
tankexmortis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing series of books, despite the underlying religious dogma. Beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I had never read through the series and now I can't stop reading it. Great work from Lewis
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
c s lewis and j r r tolkien are both amazing authors if you loved narnia you are sure to love both the hobbit and the lord of the rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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