Dr. Don King

Professor of English
P.O. Box 1267
Montreat College
Montreat, NC 28757 

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. 



Unicorn Book Cover
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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.

 Christian Scholar's Review

English 104
Introduction to Literary Studies


English 201  
Survey of English Literature, 1


English 202
Survey of English Literature, 2


English 300
Middle English Literature


English 301


English 304
Restoration & 18th Century Literature


English 305


English 307
Romantic Literature


English 309
Victorian Literature


English 319
Renaissance Literature


English 324
20th Century British Literature


The Imagination and Apologetics of C. S. Lewis

Interdisciplinary Studies 480
Story Telling and Biblical Motifs in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia


English 491
Senior Thesis


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 Roads Scholars,

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), The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music

(University of Delaware Press, 2014), and Sudden Heaven: The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter, A Critical Edition (Kent State UP, 2018).

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 Out of My Bone, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/out-of-my-bone-the-letters-of-joy-davidman-dr-don-king/

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/ 

For a discussion of C. S. Lewis's poem, Dymer, https://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/wrl02-dymer/

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/