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Selected Literary Essays

Selected Literary Essays


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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107685383

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  • 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 Authorised 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.

    • Consists of more than twenty of C. S. Lewis's most important literary essays, written between 1932 and 1962
    • Covers a diverse range of topics and authors, including psychoanalysis, semantics, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Kipling
    • Walter Hooper, a leading Lewis expert, provides a preface and notes to the collection of essays
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    'There is no essay by C. S. 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

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107685383
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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

  • Author

    C. S. Lewis


    Walter Hooper

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