Author: Lyle W Dorsett
Date: 2009 (First edition 1983)
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA.
Anyone who has read the book Shadowlands or seen the film versions will know something of the relationship of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. This is an unexpected story of how a middle-aged English bachelor and an American divorcee met and fell in love, and their fulfilling but tragically short marriage. For me the most intriguing part of the story is not the similarities of the partners, but their differences, and how their lives together were challenged and enriched by these. Dorsett’s portrait of Joy Davidman, and particularly of her life before meeting Lewis, adds a great deal of interesting material to this picture.
Plenty has been written about Lewis’s life, including his own autobiography Surprised by Joy. In 1952, when he first met Davidman after three years of correspondence, he was a successful Oxford don, living with his brother, with a circle of male literary friends.