The Magician’s Nephew

The Magician’s Nephew is one of the books in the series The Chronicles of Narnia. Written by au3701043263_60bd90fb26_othor C.S Lewis and illustrated by Pauline Baynes. This book is the sixth book published in the series but in most modern publications the volume features as number one.

This novel is a prequel to the collection – The Chronicles of Narnia. Chronologically, the author started writing this book after he had written The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He decided to write this book from a question that a friend posed to him about the lamppost in an empty space. It took him 5 years to write it after the question was asked.

This book features several autobiographical parts. It also contains influences of morality in general as well as Christian morality. This book has many significant events to the Narnian world – such as the creation of Narnia by Aslan the talking lion King. The visitors mark the very beginning of Narnian history an entire one thousand years before the setting of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It also introduces an important character – the White Witch.

It is said the lengthy time it that it took the author to complete his work on this novel is reflective of his difficulty with it. It is known that he took a hiatus from writing it further of two years. Some point out that due to its autobiographical nature, it could have posed more of a challenge to write compared to the other titles in the series. Interesting to note is that the author intended the title to read “Polly and Digory”. The publisher decided to change it to The Magician’s Nephew. The author made a habit of dedicating his books to close friends and family. This book was written for the ‘Kilmer family’.

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