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Spenser's Images of Life

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This 1967 book was compiled by Alastair Fowler from notes left by C. S. Lewis at his death. It is Lewis longest piece of literary criticism, as distinct from literary history. It approaches The Faerie Queene as a majestic pageant of the universe and nature, celebrating God as 'the glad creator', and argues that conventional views of epic and allegory must be modified if th ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published January 27th 1978 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1967)
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Christian
Dec 13, 2015 Christian rated it liked it
Lots of great Lewis horse sense in here, a welcome antidote to the piles of nonsense that exist as Spenserian commentary. Most of the book is based on a collection of lecture notes that Lewis never had a chance to clean up and publish, so the book is spare and a little scattered. It's funny how you can tell when you come across a passage that Lewis actually wrote out, as opposed to one that the editor wrote based on Lewis's outline.

Incidentally, this is where Lewis coined the term Donegality, wh
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Jeremy
Read the introduction on March 11, 2016. Vintage Lewis. Need to read the whole thing.
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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
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