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Of This and Other Worlds

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Lewis, famous for his "Chronicles of Narnia" and other fantasy writings, discusses the theme of "story" - particularly in regard to fairy tales and science fiction. Essays include: "On Three Ways of Writing for Children", "On Science Fiction", "The Hobbit", "Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings", and "George Orwell" He also comments on the novels of Charles Williams, Ryder Hagg ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 4th 2000 by Fount (first published 1982)
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Sep 04, 2011 L.S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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„N-ai să găseşti o cană de ceai destul de mare sau o carte destul de lungă cât să-mi fie pe potrivă” (CS Lewis). O carte care începe cu un asemenea citat poartă cu sine promisiunea unei lecturi împlinite. Cartea – o colecţie de eseuri – este un demers recuperator al Poveştii, o reabilitare a ei într-o lume postmodernă lipsită de fascinaţia mirării, secătuită de lucrurile spiritului şi în căutare de semnificaţie. Lumea poveştilor „pare a fi existat cu mult înainte ca noi să dăm peste ea”, cu pers ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing
Basmul a început să fie din ce în ce mai exclus din viețile noastre. A trăi pe calea basmului a devenit pentru cei mai mulți un soi de ancorare defectuoasă în anii copilăriei. Cred totuși că datorăm basmelor întreaga plasă a destinului nostru, țesută până acum din valorile cunoscute întâi din povești, căci am invadat realitatea prin intermediul acestora. Încă trăim un basm, pe care îl negăm însă. În fața acestuia ne acoperim ochii, privind la viață ca printr-o vată densă, în care abia recunoaște ...more
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Feb 18, 2016 Irina T rated it liked it
Interesting. I especially liked the essays "On Three Ways of Writing for Children", "Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to Be Said", "On Juvenile Tastes", "The Hobbit", "Tolkien's Lord of The Rings" and "The Death of Words".
Nov 05, 2013 Athos rated it liked it
Interesting to see more "unedited" Lewis: wordy and sometimes repeating examples, but his clear thoughts always stand out.

I admire his viewpoint on writing for children by respecting them and writing what the author himself/herself enjoys and has in common with the audience. Also liked the idea that adulthood shouldn't abandon the joys of childhood, only add to them new pleasures (referring mainly but not exclusively to readership).

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Feb 04, 2011 Sarah Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Must read for those who read and write fiction, and who love literature. My favorite essay was The Parthenon and the Optative--great food for thought for a future English teacher!
May 11, 2010 Amelmag rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORE this collection of essays about the lingering power of fantasy and story . . .
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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. 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 th ...more
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