Selected Literary Essays

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CUP Archive, 2 авг. 1979 г. - Всего страниц: 330
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. The topics discussed range from Chaucer to Kipling, from 'The literary impact of the authorised version' to 'Psycho-analysis and literary criticism', from Shakespeare and Bunyan to Sir Walter Scott and William Morris. Common to each essay, however, are the lively wit, the distinctive forthrightness, and the discreet erudition which characterise Lewis' best critical writing.

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Contains some gems I've read and enjoyed almost all of Lewis's other writings, so I decided to check _Selected Literary Essays_ (SLE) out of the campus library and read it over the Christmas break ... Читать весь отзыв

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De Descriptionem Temporem, the essay (lecture) he gave when he accepted the Chair of Medieval & Rennaisance Literature at Cambridge is worth the price of the book. Читать весь отзыв


The Alliterative Metre
What Chaucer really did to Filostrato
The FifteenthCentury Heroic Line
Hero and Leander
Variation in Shakespeare and Others
The Prince or The Poem?
Donne and Love Poetry in the Seventeenth Century
The Literary Impact of the Authorised Version
Shelley Dryden and Mr Eliot
I5 Sir Walter Scott
William Morris
Kiplings World
A Semantic Nightmare
High and Low Brows
PsychoAnalysis and Literary Criticism

IO The Vision of John Bunyan
FourLetter Words
A Note on Jane Austen
The Anthropological Approach
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C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, "Jack" to his intimates, was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his lawyer father allowed Lewis and his brother Warren extensive freedom. The pair were extremely close and they took full advantage of this freedom, learning on their own and frequently enjoying games of make-believe. These early activities led to Lewis's lifelong attraction to fantasy and mythology, often reflected in his writing. He enjoyed writing about, and reading, literature of the past, publishing such works as the award-winning The Allegory of Love (1936), about the period of history known as the Middle Ages. Although at one time Lewis considered himself an atheist, he soon became fascinated with religion. He is probably best known for his books for young adults, such as his Chronicles of Narnia series. This fantasy series, as well as such works as The Screwtape Letters (a collection of letters written by the devil), is typical of the author's interest in mixing religion and mythology, evident in both his fictional works and nonfiction articles. Lewis served with the Somerset Light Infantry in World War I; for nearly 30 years he served as Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College at Oxford University. Later, he became Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. C.S. Lewis married late in life, in 1957, and his wife, writer Joy Davidman, died of cancer in 1960. He remained at Cambridge until his death on November 22, 1963.

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