Selected Literary Essays

Selected Literary Essays

by C. S. Lewis

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Selected Literary Essays includes over twenty of C. S. Lewis’s most important literary essays, written between 1932 and 1962. The topics discussed in this volume range from Chaucer to Kipling, from "The literary impact of the authorized version" to "Psycho-analysis and literary criticism," to Shakespeare and Bunyan, and Sir Walter Scott and William Morris. Common to each essay, however, are the lively wit, the distinctive forthrightness, and the discreet erudition which characterize Lewis's best critical writing.

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ISBN-13: 9780062313737
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 711,054
File size: 768 KB

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


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.

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