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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Devin Brown  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1954 in Harvey, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.asbury.edu/majors/english/faculty/Devin-Brown
-- Devin Brown on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=devin+brown


Illinois Connection

He was born in Harvey, Illinois and grew up on Chicago's south side.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brown is a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury College where, in addition to other literature classes, he teaches a course on C. S. Lewis. To date, he has written three books, two of them on Lewis' Narnia series. Brown has published articles on Lewis in ''Mythlore'', ''The Lamp-Post'', ''CSL'', and ''The New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship''. He has also had his poetry published in several literary journals, including, ''Connecticut Review'', ''Wind'', ''The Chaffin Review'', ''South Carolina Review'', ''Cold Mountain Review'', and the ''Journal of Kentucky Studies''.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
ISBN: 0801065992

Baker Books. 2005

The Chronicles of Narnia series has sold over 85 million copies worldwide and single-handedly introduced people of all ages to the central doctrines of Christianity. Anticipating the December 2005 Walden Media/Walt Disney Pictures release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this book guides readers through the novel that started it all.

Inside Narnia offers a close reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Tracing through the book chapter by chapter, Devin Brown explores the features of C. S. Lewis's writing, supplies supplemental information on Lewis's life and other books, offers comments and opinions from other Lewis scholars, and shows the work's rich meanings.

Insightful and thorough, Inside Narnia will dig deeper into Lewis's magical world to reveal biblical truths that often go uncovered. Fans of C. S. Lewis and those who will meet him through the upcoming film release will want to read this book.

Not Exactly Normal
ISBN: 0802852874

Eerdmans Pub Co. 2006

He was always so normal!

Todd Farrel attends tiny St. Luke's Episcopal School in rural New England. Each year the sixth graders finish winter term with their big social studies reports. Wanting to make his report something special this year, Todd finally decides to write about mystical experiences something definitely not normal. After doing some research, Todd determines that he needs to have his own mystical experience.

While practicing soccer with his best friend, Nitro, listening to an unusual teacher who encourages original thinking, and giving in to his curiosity about Leda, the intelligent but unusual (in Todd's opinion) girl from California, Todd discovers some pretty extraordinary aspects to life in his ordinary world.

Not Exactly Normal is a book about being different and about fitting in, about accepting the differences of others and seeing ways that everyone is alike. It will challenge readers' assumptions and help them look at the world and their lives in new ways.

Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia
ISBN: 0801068029

Baker Books. 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia series has sold over 85 million copies worldwide and introduced people of all ages to the central doctrines of Christianity. Anticipating the May 2008 Walden Media/Walt Disney Pictures release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, this book guides readers through the second novel of the Chronicles of Narnia series. As he did in the successful Inside Narnia, Devin Brown takes readers through Prince Caspian chapter by chapter, illuminating the features of C. S. Lewis's writing, providing supplemental information on Lewis's life and other books, offering comments and opinions from other Lewis scholars, and uncovering the work's rich meanings. Long-time fans of C. S. Lewis and those who have met him through the movies will want to read Inside Prince Caspian.


Awards

''Not Exactly Normal'' - Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Book and Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year

Speaking Engagements

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