Dr. Don King

Professor of English
310 Gaither Circle
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. 



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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.


English 1132
Introduction to Literary Studies


English 201  
Survey of English Literature, 1


English 202
Survey of English Literature, 2


English 300
Middle English Literature


English  3221 


English 3231
Renaissance Literature


English 3232


English 3240

Restoration & 18th Century Literature


English 3241
Romantic Literature


English  3242
Victorian Literature


English 3250
20th Century British Writers

The Imagination and Apologetics of C. S. Lewis
English 4080

  Special  Studies in C. S. Lewis                      

English 4091

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 programs,

church retreats, and Sunday School settings. I will be glad to share notes and ideas. During the summers of 2004, 2009, and 2019 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 2004Summer Seminars in Residence 2009, and Summer Seminars in Residence 2019.

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, 2015).

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). See also The Ruth Pitter Project (http://sites.montreat.edu/faculty/don-king/ruth-pitter-project).

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. See also The Joy Davidman Project (http://sites.montreat.edu/faculty/don-king/joy-davidman-project). For reviews of Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman,  see https://eerdword.com/review-of-out-of-my-bone-the-letters-of-joy-davidman-by-jenny-hoffman/ and https://christianscholars.com/out-of-my-bone-the-letters-of-joy-davidman/

Video and Podcast interviews:

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/ and https://liturgical.wordpress.com/on-ruth-pitter-poet-and-friend-of-cs-lewis/

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 podcast with Patti Callahan Henry, author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis, concerning A Naked Tree and Joy's love sonnets to Lewis, see https://www.facebook.com/1181767355/posts/10218881112957142?sfns=mo

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

For discussion of C. S. Lewis's poems in general, Wade Center podcast.

Inklings Week in Oxford, July 22, 2016,“Warnie Lewis at War: 1914-19”:  https://youtu.be/38oslaHRir8

Inklings Week in Oxford, July 26, 2019, “Jack and Warnie’s Friendship in the 1930s: The Lewis Papers, Bosphorus, Walking Tours, and the Inklings”: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AGeOcTs0zWrCGpg&cid=5323CEF8FE908F8D&id=5323CEF8FE908F8D%2167507&parId=5323CEF8FE908F8D%212966&o=OneUp

Inklings Week in Oxford, July 5, 2022, "Joy Davidman's Smoke on the Mountain: Her Engagement with the Decalogue"https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffb.watch%2Fe3NR9UhoYD%2F&data=05%7C01%7CDKing%40montreat.edu%7C676e7dd99499444d2ab908da6d84694f%7Cbaac942ee3ad40f591ba5781d755d8b6%7C1%7C0%7C637942712731718981%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=ddBEA06uF2y%2BbCj4D6BMftR8IakwqKZodd2WfZfHeZk%3D&reserved=0

For a "Pints with Jack" discussion on my biography of Warren Lewishttps://youtu.be/J4e1q6w4zr8

For a "Pints with Jack" discussion on my Collection Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition:  https://youtu.be/mjRGsnba3HU

Related Lewis news and conferences:

Each spring my colleague from Union University, Hal Poe, and I--co-founders of the Inklings Fellowship--host 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/

Every three years the Inklings Fellowship also sponsors an Inklings Week in Oxford. Check it out!

The Presbyterian Heritage Foundation in Montreat hosted an international symposium, C. S. Lewis: Influence and Relevance Today, November 6-8, 2019.

The Christian Scholar's Review:

From 1999 to 2015 I was editor of the Christian Scholar's Review (https://christianscholars.com/). On occasion I published reflections: