C S Lewis and the Art of Writing

In Lewis, writers don't just learn how to write, they also learn something about how to live. This volume explores Lewis's life in, as well as his practice of, writing.

Author: Corey Latta

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498225342

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 250

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C. S. Lewis and the Art of Writing is written for readers interested in C. S. Lewis, the writing life, and in becoming better writers. Lewis stands as one of the most prolific and influential writers in modern history. His life in letters offers writers invaluable encouragement and instruction in the writing craft. In Lewis, writers don't just learn how to write, they also learn something about how to live. This volume explores Lewis's life in, as well as his practice of, writing. From his avid reading life, to his adolescent dreams to be a great poet, through his creative failures, to his brilliant successes, to his constant encouragement of other writers, C. S. Lewis and the Art of Writing celebrates one of the twentieth-century's greatest authors.

The Fame of C S Lewis

Lewis was receptive to the style, as well as to the philosophy, of the l'art pour l'art
movement. ... The Decadent movement began in France with writers such as
Charles Baudelaire, Théophile Gautier, and Gustave Flaubert but found its
footing ...

Author: Stephanie L. Derrick

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192551511

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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C. S. Lewis, long renowned for his children's books as well as his Christian apologetics, has been the subject of wide interest since he first stepped-up to the BBC's microphone during the Second World War. Until now, however, the reasons why this medievalist began writing books for a popular audience, and why these books have continued to be so popular, had not been fully explored. In fact Lewis, who once described himself as by nature an 'extreme anarchist', was a critical controversialist in his time-and not to everyone's liking. Yet, somehow, Lewis's books directed at children and middlebrow Christians have continued to resonate in the decades since his death in 1963. Stephanie L. Derrick considers why this is the case, and why it is more true in America than in Lewis's home-country of Britain. The story of C. S. Lewis's fame is one that takes us from his childhood in Edwardian Belfast, to the height of international conflict during the 1940s, to the rapid expansion of the paperback market, and on to readers' experiences in the 1980s and 1990s, and, finally, to London in November 2013, where Lewis was honoured with a stone in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. Derrick shows that, in fact, the author himself was only one actor among many shaping a multi-faceted image. The Fame of C. S. Lewis is the most comprehensive account of Lewis's popularity to date, drawing on a wealth of fresh material and with much to interest scholars and C. S. Lewis admirers alike.

Essay Collection

He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defence of faith, but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and story-telling. This first volume (of two) collects together all Lewis's essays on general subjects.

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited

ISBN: 0007136544

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 457

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A collection of philosophical and literary essays by C.S. Lewis, plus all his short stories, brought together in a substantial paperback volume. As well as his many books, letters and poems, C.S. Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defence of faith, but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and story-telling. This first volume (of two) collects together all Lewis's essays on general subjects. Grouped together by topic, there are over 60 pieces of writing, covering English and literature, education and history, and philosophical thoughts. The book also includes all his fictional short stories.


FILM & DVD Print the Myth The imagination of C S Lewis After the popularity of
the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the ... But how did a lecturer in
medieval literature with no children of his own, write some of the most popular
children's stories of the 20th century? ... Lewis expressed strong views on this in
a private letter: 'I do most thoroughly agree with what you say about Art and





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Monthly current affairs magazine from a Christian perspective with a focus on politics, society, economics and culture.

Sehnsucht The C S Lewis Journal

99 Though he acknowledges that some art has better internal qualities than
others, he thought that contemplating and ... See also Lewis, An Experiment in
Criticism, 136. in this state [of desiring to write], the Man will C. S. Lewis'
Aesthetics 95.

Author: Grayson Carter

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610973236

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal, established by the Arizona C. S. Lewis Society in 2007, is the only peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of C. S. Lewis and his writings published anywhere in the world. It exists to promote literary, theological, historical, biographical, philosophical, bibliographical and cultural interest (broadly defined) in Lewis and his writings. The journal includes articles, review essays, book reviews, film reviews and play reviews, bibliographical material, poetry, interviews, editorials, and announcements of Lewis-related conferences, events and publications. Its readership is aimed at academic scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as learned non-scholars and Lewis enthusiasts. At this time, Sehnsucht is published once a year.

C S Lewis

The Letters of C. S. Lewis: C. S. Lewis as Correspondent Michael Travers "A chat
with you would cheer me up no end this minute." — Letter of C. S. ... Letter-writing
is an art and, for some practitioners, a quite self-conscious art. It is easy for a ...

Author: Bruce L. Edwards

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275991164

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

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Examines the life and works of the British author and scholar, best known for his creation of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series.

A Social History of England 1200 1500

shifts in patronage, but golden ages of art and writing are often followed by what
C.S. Lewis called 'drab' ages, and the slide towards affective devotionalism in
English religious writing is a European and not merely an English phenomenon.

Author: Rosemary Horrox

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139457521

Category: History


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What was life really like in England in the later Middle Ages? This comprehensive introduction explores the full breadth of English life and society in the period 1200-1500. Opening with a survey of historiographical and demographic debates, the book then explores the central themes of later medieval society, including the social hierarchy, life in towns and the countryside, religious belief, and forms of individual and collective identity. Clustered around these themes a series of authoritative essays develop our understanding of other important social and cultural features of the period, including the experience of war, work, law and order, youth and old age, ritual, travel and transport, and the development of writing and reading. Written in an accessible and engaging manner by an international team of leading scholars, this book is indispensable both as an introduction for students and as a resource for specialists.

The C S Lewis Hoax

But since almost anything written by C . S . Lewis has sold prodigiously during
the first twenty - five years after his death , a hardback ... Like The Dark Tower ,
part of C . S . Lewis ' s childhood art and writing was almost cast into Major Lewis

Author: Kathryn Ann Lindskoog

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: STANFORD:36105041020640

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

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Imagination and the Arts in C S Lewis

There is a widely held impression that C. S. Lewis did not like music, or that he
liked only Wagnerian music. ... earlier, he called music “the highest of the arts” (
TST, 112).1 Music influenced his thinking in a variety of ways and appears
frequently in his writing. ... 47), and he noted that everywhere it was only the few
who could talk about “the really important things—literature, science, music & art
(TST, 56).

Author: Peter J. Schakel

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826219374

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Imagination has long been regarded as central to C. S. Lewis's life and to his creative and critical works, but this is the first study to provide a thorough analysis of his theory of imagination, including the different ways he used the word and how those uses relate to each other. Peter Schakel begins by concentrating on the way reading or engaging with the other arts is an imaginative activity. He focuses on three books in which imagination is the central theme--Surprised by Joy, An Experiment in Criticism, and The Discarded Image--and shows the important role of imagination in Lewis's theory of education. He then examines imagination and reading in Lewis's fiction, concentrating specifically on the Chronicles of Narnia, the most imaginative of his works. He looks at how the imaginative experience of reading the Chronicles is affected by the physical texture of the books, the illustrations, revisions of the texts, the order in which the books are read, and their narrative "voice," the "storyteller" who becomes almost a character in the stories. Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis also explores Lewis's ideas about imagination in the nonliterary arts. Although Lewis regarded engagement with the arts as essential to a well- rounded and satisfying life, critics of his work and even biographers have given little attention to this aspect of his life. Schakel reviews the place of music, dance, art, and architecture in Lewis's life, the ways in which he uses them as content in his poems and stories, and how he develops some of the deepest, most significant themes of his stories through them. Schakel concludes by analyzing the uses and abuses of imagination. He looks first at "moral imagination." Although Lewis did not use this term, Schakel shows how Lewis developed the concept in That Hideous Strength and The Abolition of Man long before it became popularized in the 1980s and 1990s. While readers often concentrate on the Christian dimension of Lewis's works, equally or more important to him was their moral dimension. Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis will appeal to students and teachers of both children's literature and twentieth-century British writers. It will also be of value to readers who wish to compare Lewis's creations with more recent imaginative works such as the Harry Potter series.

Restoring Paradise

Western Esotericism, Literature, Art, and Consciousness Arthur Versluis ... to
H. D. ( 1886-1961 ) , third , to the magical fiction of C. S. Lewis ( 1898-1963 ) and
others , and finally to the remarkable art and writing of Cecil Collins ( 1909-1989 )

Author: Arthur Versluis

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791484858

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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Explores European and American esoteric traditions as reflected in literature and in art.

The Pilgrim s Guide

C. S. Lewis and the Art of Witness David Mills ... me that he saw himself as being
about the same task in writing the Narnia books as he had been about in writing
Mere Christianity. But Lewis the writer plainly has a standing in both literary and ...

Author: David Mills

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802846891

Category: Religion

Page: 315

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Published in the centenary year of Lewis's birth, The Pilgrim's Guide offers a study of Lewis's witness to the truth of Christianity, especially in his works of fiction and popular apologetics. Written by nineteen leading Lewis scholars and authors, these essays examine Lewis's character and the way he engaged the challenges of the Christian mind, vision, imagination, and understanding in the twentieth century. The studies range from discussions of specific Lewis works to critical interpretations of Lewis's most important theological themes. Also included is a guide to the best books and other resources on Lewis, a timeline that places Lewis's life in the context of history, and a note on the source for Lewis's use of the phrase "mere Christianity." Contributors: Harry Blamires Stratford Caldecott Colin Duriez Bruce Edwards Leslie Fairfield Sheridan Gilley Diana Pavlac Glyer Kendall Harmon Thomas Howard Michael Macdonald David Mills Christopher Mitchell Doris T. Myers James Patrick Thomas Peters Jerry Root Mark Shea Stephen Smith Kallistos Ware "Highly recommended for general readers and all academic levels." - Choice

C S Lewis s Case for Christ

Insights from Reason, Imagination and Faith Art Lindsley. critics assume that it
was put into his mouth by later writers after the prophecy was fulfilled . Why ?
Because ( the critics assume ) prophetic prediction of events cannot occur before
they ...

Author: Art Lindsley

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830832858

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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There can be many obstacles to faith, as C. S. Lewis discovered. But he overcame them to become one of Christianity's most ardent warriors of the faith. Art Lindsley provides a readable introduction to C. S. Lewis's reflections on objections to belief in Jesus Christ and the compelling reasons why Lewis came to affirm the truth of Christianity.

C S Lewis and a Problem of Evil

What is it that informed 'the one in the many' and gave to Lewis's writing a single
voice, and how did that voice shape the ... Art ofEnchantment, Michael H.
Macdonald and Andrew A. Tadie in C. S. Lewis: The Riddle ofJoy, and Corbin
Scott ...

Author: Jerry Root

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630878399

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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C. S. Lewis was concerned about an aspect of the problem of evil he called subjectivism: the tendency of one's perspective to move towards self-referentialism and utilitarianism. In C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil, Jerry Root provides a holistic reading of Lewis by walking the reader through all of Lewis's published work as he argues Lewis's case against subjectivism. Furthermore, the book reveals that Lewis consistently employed fiction to make his case, as virtually all of his villains are portrayed as subjectivists. Lewis's warnings are prophetic; this book is not merely an exposition of Lewis, it is also a timely investigation into the problem of evil.

Word and Story in C S Lewis

Many have written on the significance of story as one of Lewis's tools for
revealing truth, basing their commentary on the ... See my C. S. Lewis: The Art of
Enchantment (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1981), 30—33; and I. R. R. Tolkien,
“On ...

Author: Peter J. Schakel

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781556355875

Category: Religion

Page: 330

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Word and Story has broken new ground by enlisting well-known scholars in the examination of Lewis's ideas about language and narrative, both as stated in theory and as exemplified in practice. Never before has such clear, significant, and thorough work in these areas been brought together in one place. This compilation of sixteen essays demonstrates how an awareness of Lewis's ideas about language and narrative is essential to a full understanding and appreciation of his thought and works. The contributors examine Lewis's poetry, The Dark Woods, Studies in Words, and other works that have so far received little attention, in addition to more familiar parts of the Lewis canon. By approaching Lewis primarily as an artist and theorist, not just a Christian apologist, these essays offer new insights into his creative imagination, critical acumen, and his craftsmanship as a writer. One comes away from this book with a fresh vision and with heightened expectation, eager to return to Lewis's works.

The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing

C. S. Lewis once said that we don't need more books about Christians ; we need
more books with Christian values built into them . That's what I'm trying to do in
my fiction . I'm not trying to write Christian fiction that preaches to the choir .

Author: Leonard Goss

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 0805432647

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 267

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An insider's view of Christian publishing that addresses topics that include agents, editors, industry trends, developing a book proposal, and more.

299 Quotations on Writing Creativity and Art

Czeslaw Milosz Writing is like sex: You should do it, not talk about it. Howard
Ogden When the author steps on the stage the play is over. CS Lewis Revising a
story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children but it
must ...

Author: Paul Hughes

Publisher: Paul Hughes

ISBN: 9781938039041

Category: Humor


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C S Lewis

The diaries vividly rendered the daily domestic life that Lewis shared, as well as
weather, walks, writing, books, and ... an Oxford student, but also weighing up the
counter claims of studying at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London.

Author: Colin Duriez

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 9780745957258

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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An Oxford student of C.S. Lewis's said he found his new tutor interesting, and was told by J.R.R. Tolkien, 'Interesting? Yes, he's certainly that. You'll never get to the bottom of him.' You can learn a great deal about people by their friends and nowhere is this more true than in the case of C.S. Lewis, the remarkable academic, author, populariser of faith - and creator of Narnia. He lost his mother early in life, and became estranged from his father, much to his regret. Throughout his life, key relationships mattered deeply to him, from his early days in the north of Ireland and his schooldays in England, as still a teenager in the trenches of World War One, and then later in Oxford. The friendships he cultivated throughout his life proved to be vital, influencing his thoughts, his beliefs and his writings. What did Arthur Greeves, a life-long friend from his adolescence, bring to him? How did J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other members of the now famous Inklings, shape him? Why, in his early twenties, did he move in with a single mother twice his age, Janie Moore, and live with her for so many years until her death? And why did he choose to marry so late? What of the relationship with his alcoholic and gifted brother, who eventually joined his unusual household? In this sparkling new biography, which draws on material not previously published, Colin Duriez brings C.S. Lewis and his friendships to life.

C S Lewis The Work of Christ Revealed

Genre As the style or category of art and literature, that is, the style or type of
writing that is represented by a biblical book, genre is to be seen as closely
related to the aims and objectives of the writer. Genre raises questions: Is a
particular text ...

Author: P. H. Brazier

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621894384

Category: Religion

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C. S. Lewis--The Work of Christ Revealed focuses on three doctrines or aspects of Lewis's theology and philosophy: his doctrine of Scripture, his famous mad, bad, or God argument, and his doctrine of christological prefigurement. In each area we see Lewis innovating within the tradition. He accorded a high revelatory status to Scripture, but acknowledged its inconsistencies and shrank away from a theology of inerrancy. He took a two-thousand-year-old theological tradition of aut Deus aut malus homo (either God or a bad man) and developed it in his own way. Most innovative of all was his doctrine of christological prefigurement--intimations of the Christ-event in pagan mythology and ritual. This book forms the second in a series of three studies on the theology of C. S Lewis titled C. S. Lewis, Revelation, and the Christ (www.cslewisandthechrist.net). The books are written for academics and students, but also, crucially, for those people, ordinary Christians, without a theology degree who enjoy and gain sustenance from reading Lewis's work.

The Art of Writing

Rudolf Flesch , How to Write , Speak and Think More Effectively ( New York : New
American Library , 1951 ) , p . 42 . 25. Gilbert Keith Chesterton , Orthodoxy (
Garden City , New York : Doubleday & Co. , 1959 ) , p . 124 . 26. C.S. Lewis , The

Author: Vincent Ryan Ruggiero


ISBN: PSU:000007959844

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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C S Lewis

C. S. Lewis has long desired to be a poet and the attempts he made in Spirits in
Bondage (1919) show that there was some promise to his art. His second
publication, Dymer (1926). was also poetry, but narrative ... Lewis was writing in a
strain either worn or too old or distant for modern readers to enjoy or grasp with
significant meaning. Since the narrative here spans Lewis' atheist-Christian years
, it is ...

Author: Roland M. Kawano

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761823409

Category: Literary Criticism

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C.S. Lewis: Always a Poet delves into the life of C.S. Lewis, a struggling poet turned successful teacher, apologist and novelist, who saw his primary calling as a poet. According to author Roland M. Kawano, Lewis' vocation as a poet is pervasive throughout all his works.