Tag Archives: Spenser

“We Became to America what the Huns Had Been to Us”: C.S. Lewis and the European Colonization of America

One of C.S. Lewis’ funniest and punchiest books is also his longest. And, arguably, it is his most important work of literary criticism and his greatest academic achievement. The snazzily titled English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, excluding Drama was … Continue reading

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John Bunyan’s Apology for his Book with a Note from C.S. Lewis on Writing as Holistic Discovery–and How Narnia Achieved the Bigness You See

In my blog post last week, “Bunyan and Others and Me: Vicarious Bookshelf Friendship and a Jazz Hands Theory of Reading,” I offered two “Theories of Reading” from my experience of trying to find sympathy with John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s … Continue reading

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Bunyan and Others and Me: Vicarious Bookshelf Friendship and a Jazz Hands Theory of Reading

I have been quite open about the fact that I have had some difficulty finding true sympathy with John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. I even went so far as to admit that the text at one time had been for … Continue reading

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On Reading The Faerie Queene for the First Time

The Faerie Queene fits in the category of important books so big that they often stay in our “to read” pile for years on end. I still haven’t read Ulysses by Joyce, which is only as long as a Stephen … Continue reading

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On Leprechauns

I don’t know about you, but I always put leprechauns in a special category. I knew there was a tinge of danger there–an ambivalence that makes them untrustworthy woodfolk. I am, unfortunately, more affected by Lucky Charms commercials in childhood … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’s Faerie Lecture, and a Prince Edward Island Folktale

C.S. Lewis gave a lecture on Faeries at the oldest and (arguably) most prestigious university in the English world. He did this lecture often, and he did it with a straight face. It is, of course, perfectly normal for universities … Continue reading

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