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The Screwtape Letters

By Lewis, C S




The Screwtape Letters is a work of Christian apologetics by C. S. Lewis, first published in book form in 1942. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior tempter named Wormwood, so as to advise him on methods of securing the damnation of an earthly man, known only as "the Patient. " Screwtape (along with his trusted scribe Toadpipe) holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy ("Lowerarchy") of Hell, and acts more as a mentor than a supervisor to Wormwood, the inexperienced tempter; almost every letter ends with the signature, "Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape. " In the body of the thirty-one letters which make up the book, Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and promoting sin in his Patient, interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine. In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in living out Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, as seen from the demon/devil's viewpoint. Wormwood and Screwtape live in a peculiarly morally reversed world, where individual benefit and greed are seen as the greatest good, and neither demon is capable of comprehending or acknowledging true human virtue when he sees it. Versions of the letters were originally published in The Guardian, and the standard edition contains an introduction explaining how the author chose to write his story. While The Screwtape Letters is one of Lewis' most popular works, Lewis claimed that the book was "not fun" to write, and he "resolved never to write another 'Letter'. " (See his Preface to Screwtape Proposes a Toast. ) However, in 1959 he wrote an addendum, Screwtape Proposes a Toast, which takes the form not of a letter but rather an after-dinner speech given by Screwtape at the Tempters' Training College for young demons. It first appeared as an article in the Saturday Evening Post. The Screwtape Letters, along with Screwtape Proposes a Toast, has also been released on both audiocassette and CD narrated by John Cleese of Monty Python and Joss Ackland.


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The Screwtape Letters.

LEWIS, C. S.

London: Geoffrey Bles,, 1942. Octavo. Original black cloth, printed paper label to spine. With the dust jacket. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Spine slightly rolled, tips a little bumped; an excellent copy in the bright jacket with a few nicks and shallow chips to extremities, short closed tear to head of rear panel, and a small ink stain to spine panel. First edition, first impression.

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$4,711.70

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The Screwtape Letters.

LEWIS, C. S.

London: Geoffrey Bles,, 1942. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, titles to spine gilt, twin rule to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first impression. This epistolary work consists of one side of a correspondence between the fiendish mentor Screwtape and his underling Wormwood. In the course of the book Wormwood is guided through the process of cheating the "patient" out of his soul. Far from being sententious and worthy Lewis achieves both his ends with both wit and humour.

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THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS

LEWIS. C. S.;

Geoffrey Bles. London.,1942. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.4 x 5 inches). A very fine bright copy in fine leather binding by The chelsea Bindery of full black morocco. Spine lettered in gilt. Double gilt ruled borders on inner boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A fine copy in a fine, yet subtle, binding.:

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$2,019.30

The Screwtape Letters (Association Copy)

C. S. Lewis

New York: The MacMillan Company, 1943. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. This copy contains the bookplate of Eleanore M. Jewett, the author of Newbery-award-winning "The Hidden Treasure of Glaston." A tight, neat copy with no writing. Light foxing to endleaves. The dust jacket is price clipped and edgeworn, with archival tape reinforcement at two folds. The back flap is separated but heldnicely by the mylar. This book, dedicated to J. R. R. Tolkien, was one of those that thrust Lewis into the limelight in the mid twentieth century. Full refund if not satisfied.

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$750.00

The Screwtape Letters (First American Edition)

C. S. Lewis

New York: The MacMillan Company, 1943. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good +/Good. This book, dedicated to J. R. R. Tolkien, was one of those that thrust Lewis into the limelight in the mid twentieth century. This copy has bright, crisp pages with minimal underlining in light pencil. Front flyleaf contains previous owner's ink name, has light smudge and faint crease at corner. Binding is tight and neat. Original dust jacket is edgeworn with a stain at front lower corner. Large open tear at lower half of spine. Dust jacket is now protected by clear mylar. Full refund if not satisfied.

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$550.00

The Screwtape Letters

Lewis, C.S

New York: Macmillan, 1943. A Good copy in red cloth, in a price-clipped Fair dust jacket with tanning and tears at the spine, a chip at the top edge of the rear panel, and soiling and a stray ink-mark to the front panel. The book has tanning at the outer edges and endpapers, and an April 1943 owner's name in pencil. One page (74) has a small margin soil spot. The binding is sound and the text is clean. . First U.S. Edition (first printing). Cloth. Good/Fair.

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$475.00

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The Screwtape Letters (LITERATURE, RELIGION)

Lewis, C. S.

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Harper San Francisco. New. 2001. Paperback. 0060652934 . FLAWLESS COPY, AVOID WEEKS OF DELAY ELSEWHERE. -- clean and crisp, tight and bright pages, with no writing or markings to the text. .

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$388.77

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The Screwtape Letters: Also Includes "Screwtape Proposes a Toast

Lewis, C. S.

Broadman & Holman Publishers. New. 2000. Paperback. 0805420401 . Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened -- 128 pages. .

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The Screwtape Letters

Lewis, C.S

London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd., 1943. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. NO. Copyright 1943. First British Edition, Stated Fourteenth Printing Thus, Reprinted September, 1944. Published by Geoffrey Bles Ltd: The Centenary Press, London.Copyright page states" : "Reprinted with some alterations by kind permission of "The Guardian." Printed in Great Britain by Unwin Brothers Limited. Woking. USED. NOT AN EXLIB. VERY GOOD CONDITION/ VERY GOOD/VERY GOOD UNCLIPPED DUST JACKET, PROTECTED IN A MYLAR WRAP. Original price 5s. net. Crisp, clean black cloth boards with white paper pastedown title label on spine. Hinges are intact, pages are clean and bright. 160 pages. Former owner name is written on the front free endpaper. Dark blue dust jacket. This item presents well, Appearing nearly as new. RARE IN A NICE DUST JACKET. Will ship from United States.

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$349.97

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The Screw Tape Letters (Bantam Classics)

Lewis, C.S.

Bantam Classics. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. 0553214438 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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The Screwtape Letters

Lewis, C. S.

New York: Macmillan, 1943. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 2nd printing month after1st edn published, red covers, VG, minor tape to tp..

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$200.00

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The Screw Tape Letters (Bantam Classics)

Lewis, C.S.

Bantam Classics. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. 0553214438 New Condition. . New.

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$185.88

Screwtape Letters

Lewis, C. S.

Bantam Books. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. 0553249096 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! . New.

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$174.95

The Screwtape Letters

C. S. Lewis

HarperCollins, 2001-01-01. Hardcover. Good. Good condition, used. Ships with Tracking Number. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. d

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$165.90

The Screwtape Letters: includes Screwtape Proposes a Toast (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics, Sixtieth Anniversary Edition) by C. S. Lewis (Special Edition, 2 Apr 2002) Paperback

C. S. Lewis

HarperCollins (2 April 2002), 1600-01-01. Paperback. Good. Good condition, used. Ships with Tracking Number. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. d

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$154.31

The Screwtape Letters

C. S. Lewis

Macmillan, 1975-01-01. Mass Market Paperback. Good. Good condition, used. Ships with Tracking Number. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. d

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$150.20

The Screwtape Letters

Lewis, C. S.

Toronto: S. J. Reginald Saunders, 1945. Green cloth boards with gilt lettered spine. Very light wear at head and heel of spine. A sticker to rear endpaper at upper inner corner. Binding tight, book clean throughout. Dust jacket with two chips at head of spine, one small piece out near center of spine, spine a bit darkened, overall a clean and very good dust jacket. A nice copy of the First Canadian Edition. . First Canadian Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo.

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$150.00

The Screwtape Letters

C.S.Lewis

Macmillan, 1943. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 4th Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Fine Copy In Like Price Clipped Jacket.Fourth Printing.Reprinted May,1943. Beautiful Copy.Rare in this Condition..

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$150.00

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The Screwtape Letters

C. S. Lewis

Blackstone Audiobooks, 2006-08-15. Audio CD. Good. Good condition, used. Ships with Tracking Number. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. d

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$149.48

The Screwtape Letters: Marvel Comics

Lewis, C. S.

Marvel Comics. PAPERBACK. 0840762615 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business! . New.

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$144.19