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 lively wit, the distinctive forthrightness and the discreet erudition which characterizes Lewis's best critical writing.
About the Author
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, theologian, broadcaster, and lecturer. He is best known for his fictional works, including The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy, and The Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the second book in the seven-book Narnia series, often tops must-read lists of classic children's literature; the series has been adapted for film, radio, TV, and the stage.
Date of Birth:November 29, 1898
Date of Death:November 22, 1963
Place of Birth:Belfast, Nothern Ireland
Place of Death:Headington, England
Education:Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925
Table of Contents
Preface Walter Hooper; 1. De Descriptione Temporum; 2. The alliterative metre; 3. What Chaucer really did to Il Filostrato; 4. The fifteenth-century Heroic line; 5. Hero and Leander; 6. Variation in Shakespeare and others; 7. Hamlet: the prince or the poem?; 8. Donne and love poetry in the seventeenth century; 9. The literary impact of the authorised version; 10. The vision of John Bunyan; 11. Addision; 12. Four-letter words; 13. A note on Jane Austen; 14. Shelley, Dryden, and Mr Eliot; 15. Sir Walter Scott; 16. William Morris; 17. Kipling's world; 18. Bluspels and flalansferes: a semantic nightmare; 19. High and low brows; 20. Metre; 21. Psycho-analysis and literary criticism; 22. The anthropological approach; Index.