In October of 2012, The C. S. Lewis Society of Madison, WI, and the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation sponsored a conference on the ten books that most influenced C. S. Lewis. There was a lecture given for each of these books, and Touchstone was there co-sponsoring the event.

Regular Touchstone readers will recognize some of these speakers such as Donald T. Williams, Louis Markos, and Charles Taliaferro. The lectures have recently been collected and published. See the publisher’s description below:

9781628924138 C. S. Lewiss ListC. S. Lewis’s List: The Ten Books That Influenced Him Most
Edited by David Werther, Susan Werther, Bloomsbury

In 1962, The Christian Century published C. S. Lewis’s answer to the question, “What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?” Lewis responded with ten titles, ranging from Virgil’s Aeneid to James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson and from George Herbert’s The Temple to Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy.

C. S. Lewis’s List brings together experts on each of the ten books to discuss their significance for Lewis’s life and work, illuminating his own writing through those he most admired.

Table of Contents
1. George MacDonald, Phantastes. David L. Neuhouser, Taylor University, USA
2. G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man. Donald T. Williams, Toccoa Falls College, USA
3. Virgil, The Aeneid. Louis Markos, Houston Baptist University, USA
4. George Herbert, The Temple. Don W. King, Montreat College, USA
5. William Wordsworth, The Prelude. Mary Ritter, New York University, USA
6. Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy. Adam Barkman, Redeemer University College, Canada
7. Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy. Chris Armstrong, Bethel Seminary, USA
8. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson. Paul Tankard, University of Otago, New Zealand
9. Charles Williams, Descent Into Hell. Holly Ordway, Houston Baptist University, USA
10. Arthur James Balfour, Theism and Humanism. Charles Taliaferro, St Olaf College, USA