Selected Literary Essays

Selected Literary Essays This volume includes over twenty of C S Lewis s most important literary essays written between and The topics discussed range from Chaucer to Kipling from The Literary Impact of the Author

  • Title: Selected Literary Essays
  • Author: C.S. Lewis Walter Hooper
  • ISBN: 9781107685383
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • This volume includes over twenty of C S Lewis s most important literary essays, written between 1932 and 1962 The topics discussed range from Chaucer to Kipling, from The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version to Psycho Analysis and Literary Criticism, from Shakespeare and Bunyan to Sir Walter Scott and William Morris Common to each essay, however, is the livelThis volume includes over twenty of C S Lewis s most important literary essays, written between 1932 and 1962 The topics discussed range from Chaucer to Kipling, from The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version to Psycho Analysis and Literary Criticism, from Shakespeare and Bunyan to Sir Walter Scott and William Morris Common to each essay, however, is the lively wit, the distinctive forthrightness and the discreet erudition which characterizes Lewis s best critical writing

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    1. Exactly what it says. Be forewarned that this is the professional, professor side of his writing.I didn't much like the opening lecture. And the meter ones went mostly over my head because I have never been taught to scan poetry. (sigh).But interesting essays on writers like Bunyan, Shakespeare, Austen, William Morris. Some on language and approaches to literature. Weighing in on an essay by T. S. Eliot -- he disagrees with the relative evaluations of Shelley and Dryden.Interesting stuff.

    2. Preface (by Walter Hooper; read on Nov. 26, 2016)vii: Lewis always wanted to be a poet, but he knew he wasn't very good (and went by a pseudonym, Clive Hamilton); he earned "First" in three Oxford exams (Mods, Greats, and English); he worked on long narrative poems, but only one was ever publishedviii: he failed to ever join the ranks of his favorite poems, but he defended long narrative poetry to the moderns who loved free verse; Lewis read a paper on William Morris at a Martlet Society meeting [...]

    3. This is what I was looking for when I read and was a bit disappointed by "On Stories." That collection had some good pieces (On Stories and George Orwell, especially. I thought I'd enjoy his discussion of Tolkien's work, but I didn't.), but it was mostly quite dated. THIS book, however, is excellent. Here, Lewis is talking about authors I know, and what he has to say is well worth my reading time. I've only read a couple of the essays so far, but most of them look very tempting (though I'll admi [...]

    4. A simply amazing book in which Lewis alternates in painting literature as it just so happens to strike us and disbanding some theories and unhelpful modes of reading.He makes me want to read (or re-read) Troilus and Cressida (Chaucer), Hero and Leander, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Shelley, Bunyan, Jane Austen, and Morris. On the other hand, Donne, Dryden, and Kipling get some pretty hard knocks. Bluspels and Flalansferes is brilliant; probably the best one in the book besides the Hamlet essay. He dest [...]

    5. I took Lewis' Mere Christianity advice, where he tells the reader to skip what he doesn't understand/ doesn't interest him. I skipped so darn much of this book. It seemed half Italian or Latin or medieval! The parts I did read, particularly "Bluspels and Flalansferes" and "Psycho-Analysis and Literary Criticism" (which are, I understand, well-known) were fantastic. Also, having started learning some Greek (read: can recognize the alphabet) I had the thrill of my life when, in the "Four Letter Wo [...]

    6. A glorious set of essays. I don't particularly like or trust Walter Hooper, but his introduction was great as well. It's C. S. Lewis on literature. What's not to like?

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