The Screwtape Letters Author:C. S. Lewis The wittiest piece of writing the 20th century has produced to provoke man to godliness. — "Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy want a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct." — Thus is the eternal war for the soul of man explained by Screwtape, a professional devil and... more » self-described under-secretary of the department of temptation. His brilliantly conceived letters to his nephew Wormwood--a "junior tempter"--sparkle with the suavity of satanic logic and resound with the lofty, near-cynical humor which invariably accompanies a deep-seated knowledge of the human psyche.
The Screwtape Letters gradually unfolds as a series of explicit directions and plans through which Wormwood may subvert and twist human strivings toward love charity and wisdom, manipulating the human soul to his own diabolical ends. Fascinating in its cunning and incredibly acute awareness of the flaws and foibles of man, this small masterpiece has been read by millions since C. S. Lewis wrote the first letter for a newspaper during World War II.« less