The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novel for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Written by Lewis between 1939 and 1954, illustrated by Pauline Baynes and published in London between October 1950 and March 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema. In addition to numerous traditional Christian themes, the series borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tale.
The Chronicles of Narnia presents the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil. Each of the books (with the exception of The Horse and His Boy) features as its protagonist children from our world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon to help the Lion Aslan save Narnia.
The name of the series, The Chronicles of Narnia, was suggested by Roger Lancelyn Green in the beginning of March 1951, after he had read and discussed with C.S. Lewis his just completed "The Silver Chair" (then called Night under Narnia).
The Chronicles of Narnia has been in continuous publication since 1950 and until 2006 had sold over 100 million copies in 30 languages. . The number of languages by now has reached 47. Lewis was awarded the 1956 Carnegie Medal for The Last Battle, the final book in the Narnia series. The books were written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 but were written in neither the order they were originally published nor in the chronological order in which they are currently presented. The original illustrator was Pauline Baynes and her pen and ink drawings are still used in publication today. The seven books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia are presented here in the order in which they were originally published (see reading order below).
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