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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 31, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521296803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521296809
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is no essay by C. S. Lewis on any writer that does not provoke attention and inspire awe at his energy and clarity of mind."
Claude Rawson, Yale University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

This volume, available in print for the first time since 1980, includes over twenty of C. S. Lewis' most important literary essays, written between 1932 and 1962. Common to each essay are the lively wit, the distinctive forthrightness, and the discreet erudition which characterise Lewis' best critical writing.

More About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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Great collection of C.S. Lewis' best writings.
Karen
You may as well attend the open heart operation of a Christian surgeon, for Lewis is hard at the technical parts of his work here.
James
Eng. lit. fans and Lewis enthusiasts will be the ones most likely to read this book with pleasure.
David Graham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Simmons on September 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
That this collection stays of print while so many of C. S. Lewis's other writings are re-packaged (quite uselessly) again and again is, as the saying goes, worse than a crime: it is a blunder. A few of these works are available elsewhere (not that having them available in "They Asked for a Paper" is much help - it's out of print too), but most are not.
To aid the reader, I've given the table of contents below, and if the work is available in another collection, I've noted it.
Table of Contents:
"De Descrptione Temporum" (1)
"The Alliterative Metre"
"What Chaucer Really Did to Il Filostrato"
"The Fifteenth Century Heroic Line"
"Hero and Leander"
"Variation in Shakespeare and Others"
"Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem" (1)
"Donne and Love Poetry in the Seventeenth Century"
"The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version" (1)
"The Vision of John Bunyan"
"Addison"
"Four-Letter Words"
"A Note on Jane Austen"
"Shelley, Dryden, and Mr. Eliot"
"Sir Walter Scott" (1)
"William Morris"
"Kipling's World" (1)
"Bluspels and Flananspheres: A Semantic Nightmare"
"High and Low Brows" (2), (3)
"Metre"
"Psycho Analysis and Literary Criticism" (1)
"The Anthropological Approach"
Notes:
(1) also published in "They Asked for a Paper"
(2) also published in "Rehabilitations and Other Essays"
(3) also published in "Essay Collection & Other Short Pieces"
Recommendations:
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Graham on April 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is an expansion of Lewis's book THEY ASKED FOR A PAPER (published in 1962) and collects 22 of Lewis's essays on literature together. Lewis is more interesting on some things than on others, but all in all, this was an enlightening book to read. Eng. lit. fans and Lewis enthusiasts will be the ones most likely to read this book with pleasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James on March 9, 2011
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Not much to add to the excellent review already written titled "Missing Link." Of course I best enjoyed the essays concerned with literature I have read, but I did not bog down with the ones that were beyond my reach. There's some untranslated French and Latin to wade through or skip over.

His writing voice and insight are so dependable I am almost content to make "Works C. S. Lewis Writes About That I Haven't Read" my personal reading list to last my lifetime. For one, it's hard to go wrong reading what Lewis felt worthy of an essay. For another, such a reader would get further into Lewis's thoughts when reading these essays. Not just to deepen one's brotherhood with him (and that's no small thing), but to fully benefit from his guidance.

There is a type of Lewis fan who might not like this book. If you don't care much for classic literature, but mainly hope to hear a good spiritual guide making broad stroke remarks about "bookish things," I would not recommend this book, especially at the out-of-print cost. You may as well attend the open heart operation of a Christian surgeon, for Lewis is hard at the technical parts of his work here. Certainly his faith is here in its delicate nuances, but I would say reading Mere Christianity or Screwtape over and over again would produce more of the fruit this reader wants. The person I'm really saying this to is myself from 15 years ago, but I can assume from reading other Lewis reviews that such a reader is still around!
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