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|I||The Few and the Many||1|
|III||How the Few and the Many use Pictures and Music||14|
|IV||The Reading of the Unliterary||27|
|VI||The Meanings of Fantasy||50|
|VIII||On Misreading by the Literary||74|
|Appendix: A note on Oedipus||142|
Posted April 1, 2010
If you can read through his occasional old-fashioned biases on class and gender, dated even for 1961 when this was first published, this is a wonderful little guide on how to read. Exploring the differences between mundane everyday reading and reading with a capital R; the reading of great literature, Lewis also includes chapters on poetry, myth and fantasy. He provides one of the most compelling reasons ever offered for why we read at the end of this little gem of a book: "But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself......I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do."
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