The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. They present the adventures of children who play crucial roles in the unfolding history of the realm of Narnia where some animals talk, magic is rampant, and good is fighting evil.
The books are allegorical and contain many allusions to Christian ideas (Aslan, the lion, is the equivalent of Christ). Lewis, a devout Christian, had stated his intention to make the Narnia chronicles serve as a means to introduce Christian theological concepts to children, while remaining entertaining enough to hold young audiences.
In this Lewis succeeded, the Chronicles of Narnia have become favourites with both children and adults. The extra theological load is well incorporated; the books are not weighty in the least, unlike Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and can be read for their adventure, colour, and fun without concern for the larger issues. Lewis himself claimed the books were not allegorical but "suppositional", more like what we would now call alternate history - if Jesus lived on a different planet how would salvation be worked out. The Chronicles of Narnia were turned into a successful BBC television series in the early 1990s. This television series omitted a production of the final book, The Last Battle. This book is necessarily darker than the rest of the series, as it deals with the ending of Narnia, and by extension alludes to the end of ours.
The following list is a chronology of the series, in the order the events are written to take place. In parenthesis are the years in which each book was published.
- The Magician's Nephew (1955)
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)
- The Horse and his Boy (1954)
- Prince Caspian (1951)
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
- The Silver Chair (1953)
- The Last Battle (1956)
The publication order of the books: