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C. S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication

Steven A. Beebe

C. S. Lewis, based on the popularity of his books and essays, is one of the best communicators of the twentieth century. During his lifetime he was hailed for his talents as author, speaker, educator, and broadcaster; he continues to be a best-selling author more than a half-century after his death.

C. S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication analyzes Lewis’s communication skill. A comprehensive review of Lewis’s work reveals five communication principles that explain his success as a communicator. Based on Lewis’s own advice about communication in his books, essays, and letters, as well as his communication practice, being a skilled communicator is to be holistic, intentional, transpositional, evocative, and audience-centered. These five principles are memorably summarized by the acronym HI TEA. Dr. Steven Beebe, past president of the National Communication Association and an internationally-recognized communication author and educator, uses Lewis’s own words to examine these five principles in a most engaging style.

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Names: Beebe, Steven A., author.Title: C. S. Lewis and the craft of communication / Steven A. Beebe.Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2020.Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2019045758 (print) | LCCN 2019045759 (ebook)ISBN 978-1-4331-7233-5 (hardback: alk. paper)ISBN 978-1-4331-7234-2 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7235-9 (ebook pdf)ISBN 978-1-4331-7236-6 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7237-3 (mobi)Subjects: LCSH: Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples),1898–1963—Knowledge—Communication. | Communication. | Writtencommunication. | Authorship. | Interpersonal communication.Classification: LCC PR6023.E926 Z5856 2020 (print) |LCC PR6023.E926 (ebook) | DDC 823/.912—dc23LC record available at ebook record available at 10.3726/b15950




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