Lewis selection of genres for different purposes and audiences
Lewis as Open Christian Apologist
Lewis as Moralist and Cultural Critic
- Fictitious Letters: Screwtape Letters, Letters to Malcolm Chiefly on Prayer
- Radio Talks: The Case for Christianity, Mere Christianity
- Polemic, Scholarly Arguments: Miracles, The Problem of Pain
- Devotional Meditations: Reflections on the Psalms
- Sermons: The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses
Lewis as Scholar
- Lectures: The Abolition of Man, "The Inner Ring"
- Short Articles: "On Vivisection," "We Have No Right to Happiness"
Lewis as Popular Writer
- Scholarly Books: The Allegory of Love, An Experiment in Criticism
- Lectures which became books: The Discarded Image, Preface to Paradise Lost
- Scholarly Articles: "The Personal Heresy"
Lewis as Himself Alone with His Inner Thoughts
- Children's Fantasy Books: The Chronicles of Narnia
- Science Fiction Fantasy: The Space Trilogy
- Dream Vision: The Great Divorce
- A Journal/Diary: A Grief Observed
- Poetry: "The Apologist's Evening Prayer"
THE APOLOGIST'S EVENING PRAYER
From all my lame defeats and oh! much more
From all the victories that I seemed to score;
From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf
At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh:
From all my proofs of Thy divinity,
Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.
Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead
Of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.
From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee,
O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle's eye,
Take from me all my trumpery lest I die.