On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature
C.S. Lewis is widely known for his fiction, especially his stories of science fiction and fantasy, for which he was a pioneering author in an age of realistic f ...more
Excellent, superb, light sheading and rewarding.....
If you love literature,
If you love C. S. Lewis books,
If you want to know what's going on in the mind of one of the finest authors ever, about bookish things,
Then, and only then will I say, you will join me without scruples or remorse and doubts of any kind in my evaluation of this essays collection!!!
So, folks, I've enjoyed immensely this collection, and at the same time have learn a lo ...more
Further Lewis's reviews of Tolkien, Haggard, Orwell and others expands the readers appreciation of those authors.
Not to be overlooked is the closing "Unreal Estates," a taped convers ...more
There's reviews, and discussions of individual authors. (He doesn't review Orwell, for instance; he writes an essay comparing Animal Farm and 1984 and wonders why the latter is the more popular.) Others are analysis of types of literature, such as the nature of story, or science fiction. Some are about writing, such as for children. One's about words; astute readers will note the germs of Studies in Words. Another is about the teaching of lit ...more
Reread in May 2018.
Aug. 26, 2016: I read "The Hobbit," "Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings," and "Different Tastes in Literature."
The Novels of Charles Williams
A Tribute to E. R. Eddison
On Three Ways of Writing for Children
31–32: bad way of writing for children: figure out what kids want, and give that to them
32: good way: writ ...more
Some essays on critics from his own day went over my head - but most of them were very good. Different Taste in Literature, On Three Ways of Writing for Children, On Science Fiction and Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to Be Said is essential Lewis - also there's A Panegyric for Dorothy L. Sayers and essays on Lord of the Rings and H. Rider ...more
Depending on your interests will depend on which of these you enjoy the most. My favorite was On Three Ways of Writing for Children as it had so many quotes I just loved!
"But there may be an author who at a pa
Also included is an essay on how words have changed their real meaning over time, to Lewis' disappointment.
I DO enjoy reading for readings sake..but my modern mind MUST have a connection and sense of anticipation and excitement to the story. I can't just read a book of poetry ...more
The rest of the essays were inte ...more
"No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty—except, of course, books of information."
"Another very large class of stories turns on fulfilled prophecies—the story of Oedipus, or ...more
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 ...more