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C.S Lewis read this twelve play-cycle every year during Holy
I’ve finished The Man Born to
Be King and think it a complete success... I shed real tears (hot ones)
in places: since Mauriac’s Vie de Jesus nothing has moved me so
The Man Born to Be King, published toward the end
of Dorothy Sayers’s prolific career (1943), is peerless. This
famous play-cycle, a faithful account of the four gospels in dramatic
form, was written first for broadcasting and was performed on BBC Home
Service. Sayers is completely true to the eyewitness material in the New
Testament but, as a great literary artist, she brings us into direct
contact with the living text and the reality of the life of Christ. She
adds character introductions, minor characters, stage directions,
dialogue—all the details that help us to remember that, like us,
these people breathed and lived messy lives together and yet they supped
with Christ over a meal they had caught and grilled themselves. Through
these plays, the incarnation newly dawns on us as readers and we
remember that real oxygen circulated in those pairs of lungs.
/>The play-cycle is an excellent source for down-to-earth literary
reading, devotional reflection, school and homeschool production, and
theological discussion. Classical Academic Press is delighted to bring
this classic and unmatched text back into print.
an honorary member of the Inklings, a group of writers which included
J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Like them, she graduated from Oxford but
had the distinction of being one of the first women to do so. Many
letters (now published) passed between Sayers and Lewis. Lewis was so
taken with this twelve-play collection that he read it each year in
preparation for Lent. Sayers’s work also included translating
Dante and writing smart, popular mystery novels as well as incisive
essays, such as “The Lost Tools of Learning,” which have
launched an educational movement in the United States.