Image and Imagination: Essays and Reviews

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This selection from the writings of C. S. Lewis gathers together forty book reviews, never before reprinted, as well as four major essays which have been unavailable for many decades. A fifth essay, 'Image and Imagination', is published for the first time. Taken together, the collection presents some of Lewis's finest literary criticism and religious exposition. The essays and reviews substantiate his reputation as an eloquent and authoritative critic across a wide range of literature, and as a keen judge of ...
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Overview

This selection from the writings of C. S. Lewis gathers together forty book reviews, never before reprinted, as well as four major essays which have been unavailable for many decades. A fifth essay, 'Image and Imagination', is published for the first time. Taken together, the collection presents some of Lewis's finest literary criticism and religious exposition. The essays and reviews substantiate his reputation as an eloquent and authoritative critic across a wide range of literature, and as a keen judge of contemporary scholarship, while his reviews of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will be of additional interest to scholars and students of fantasy.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Almost nothing Lewis wrote is without apercu, often unexpected, always cogently expressed."
Times Literary Supplement
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Advance praise: 'C. S. Lewis [was] one of the very best critics writing in English in the twentieth century, vivid, provoking, and eloquent, as well as deeply learned in the literature of Europe from the ancient classics to his own time, with a special mastery of medieval and Renaissance poetry. He is now popularly better known for his fiction and his religious writings than his literary criticism. But it is his gifts as a critic which will endure as his truly pre-eminent legacy. Like Samuel Johnson, on whose personality and writings Lewis modelled himself, he is a commentator whose insights and opinions are enriching even when one disagrees with them, raising central questions and offering challenging perspectives … There is no essay by Lewis on any writer that does not provoke attention and inspire awe at his energy and clarity of mind.' Claude Rawson, Yale University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107639270
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2013
  • Series: Canto Classics
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 421,186
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Lewis
Walter Hooper, Literary Adviser to the Estate of C. S. Lewis, is editor of the three-volume work The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2000, 2004 and 2006) and author of C. S. Lewis: A Companion and Guide (1996) and (with Roger Lancelyn Green) C. S. Lewis: A Biography (1974; revised edition, 2002).
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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

Table of Contents

Part I. Reflections on Literature; Part II. The Inklings; Part of The Lord of the Rings); Part of The Lord of the Rings); The Return of the King (being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings); Part of The Lord of the Rings); Part III. Reflections on Christianity; Part IV. Classical Literature; Part V. Medieval and Renaissance Literature; Part VI. Milton and Later English Literature.
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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    Thanks to the tireless work of Walter Hooper, who has worked for

    Thanks to the tireless work of Walter Hooper, who has worked for five decades to keep C. S Lewis's works in print, “Image and
    Imagination” by C. S. Lewis is the first new writing of Lewis’ in years.  “Image and Imagination” is yet another important collection
    of essays and reviews to the Lewis canon. The title essay, never before published, is essential reading for all C. S. Lewis fans, and
    the reviews are as winsome and candid as the Collected Letters that Mr. Hooper released a few years ago. “Image and Imagination”
    is a fitting tribute on the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death and the unveiling of the monument to Lewis in Poets' Corner in
    Westminster Abbey.  

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