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“In life and art both, as it seems to me, we are always trying to catch in our net of successive moments something that is not successive . . . But I think it is sometimes done—or very, very nearly done—in stories.”

C.S. Lewis is widely known for his fiction, especially his stories of science fiction and fantasy, for which he was a pioneering author in an age of realistic fiction. In On Stories, he lays out his theories and philosophy on fiction over the course of nine essays, ...

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On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

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Overview

“In life and art both, as it seems to me, we are always trying to catch in our net of successive moments something that is not successive . . . But I think it is sometimes done—or very, very nearly done—in stories.”

C.S. Lewis is widely known for his fiction, especially his stories of science fiction and fantasy, for which he was a pioneering author in an age of realistic fiction. In On Stories, he lays out his theories and philosophy on fiction over the course of nine essays, including “On Stories,” “The Death of Words,” and “On Three Ways of Writing for Children.” In addition to these essays, On Stories collects eleven pieces of Lewis’s writing that were unpublished during his lifetime. Along with discussing his own fiction, Lewis reviewed and critiqued works by many of his famous peers, including George Orwell, Charles Williams, Rider Haggard, and his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien, providing a wide-ranging look at what fiction means and how to craft it from one of the masters of his day.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780156027687
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 202,226
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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C. S. Lewis

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters , The Four Loves , Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy .

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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

Preface ix
On Stories 3
The Novels of Charles Williams 21
A Tribute to E. R. Eddison 29
On Three Ways of Writing for Children 31
Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to Be Said 45
On Juvenile Tastes 49
It All Began with a Picture ... 53
On Science Fiction 55
A Reply to Professor Haldane 69
The Hobbit 81
Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings 83
A Panegyric for Dorothy L. Sayers 91
The Mythopoeic Gift of Rider Haggard 97
George Orwell 101
The Death of Words 105
The Parthenon and the Optative 109
Period Criticism 113
Different Tastes in Literature 119
On Criticism 127
Unreal Estates 143
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