Category Archives: Lewis’ Essays

How to Read All of C.S. Lewis’ Essays

A prodigious essayist, it is this area of C.S. Lewis’ work that I find the most provocative—even more so than the fiction and apologetics books (though there is overlap in the latter category). Whether inspirational or controversial, his brevity, clarity … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ Curmudgeonly Essay

If you were to judge only from the pieces he published in December 1957, you would assume that C.S. Lewis was a classic case, get-off-my-lawn, wide-jawed, beslippered, well aged, first class curmudgeon. In 1955, he had published a clever piece … Continue reading

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From The Hobbit to Harry Potter, From Fairy Tale to Epic

In his Cinderella Story essay, “On Stories”—an essay that was passed over when it was first published but now known by anyone who thinks about Fantasy literature—C.S. Lewis defends Fantasy literature by placing it on a higher shelf of literatures. … Continue reading

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Virgin Books

I am reading C.S. Lewis’ A Preface to Paradise Lost for the first time. This is one of Lewis’ early works (1942), and comes out of his lecturing in English Literature. I was struck immediately on the first page by … Continue reading

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Essay Chat: “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” by C.S. Lewis

My mother went to university when I was in grammar school. One of the great payoffs for me was her Anthology of Children’s Literature. It was a mammoth, double-columned tome of poetry, folklore, myth, and short stories. I loved it, … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”

I’m pleased to see this influential essay provided by CatholicCulture.org. Here, Lewis puts critiques authors who are trying to write in a condescending or market-driven way for children, and gives great advice about writing for children, specifically, as well as … Continue reading

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