Professor of English
The study of literature is central to a liberal arts education. This page lists the literature classes that I teach here, other literary interests I have, and information on how to contact me. By the way if you are a student considering Montreat College, welcome! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Also, see The Ruth Pitter Project and The Joy Davidman Project.
The following are classes that I teach on a regular basis at Montreat College. You can find syllabi, handouts, class notes, and interesting links to other related sites.
Other literary interests:
Other than the classes I teach, my chief literary interest lies in the area of C. S. Lewis studies. I have taught numerous classes on Lewis, both in formal academic settings and in more casual Elderhostel, church retreat, and Sunday school settings. I will be glad to share notes and ideas. During the summers of 2004 and 2009 I taught courses on Lewis at his home, the Kilns, located just outside Oxford. For more information, click C. S. Lewis Foundation Summer Seminars in Residence 2004 and Summer Seminars in Residence 2009.
My books on Lewis are C. S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent State University Press, 2001), Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis (Abilene Christian University Press, 2013), and The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition (Kent State UP, 2014). My books on Ruth Pitter, the poet who influenced Lewis quite a bit, are Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter (Kent State UP, 2008) and The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music (University of Delaware Press, 2014) My books on Joy Davidman are Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans, 2009), A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems (Eerdmans, 2015), and Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans, 2015); this book was selected by Christianity Today as an awarding winning book for 2016.
Podcast interviews about several of these books are available:
For Hunting the Unicorn, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/ruth-pitter-biography-dr-don-king/
For Plain to the Inward Eye, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/plain-to-the-inward-eye-dr-don-king/
For The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis, http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2014/12/15/the-collected-poems-of-c-s-lewis-dr-don-king/
For A Naked Tree and Yet One More Spring, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/a-naked-treeyet-one-more-spring-dr-don-king/
Eerdmans' podcast on A Naked Tree and Yet One More Spring, http://eerdword.com/2016/01/20/the-eerdcast-episode-6-don-king/
Also, each spring we hold an Inklings Retreat here on the campus of Montreat College. For a podcast interview about these weekends, go to http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2015/04/27/inklings-fellowship-2015-panel-discussion/