I’m a fan of CS Lewis. Perhaps it was because the BBC version of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” was the only movie with swords we were allowed to watch at my Christian school. I’ve recently made it a goal of mine to collect pretty much anything written by Lewis for my library. (And my Amazon wish-list is proof of just that…)
One of the volumes that made its way to my hands from my latest birthday was a volume called On Stories: and Other Essays on Literature. To be honest, this collection of essays, book reviews, and articles was only on my list because, well, I’m collecting it. It probably would have been last on my list if not for my lovely wife who bought it for me.
However, it’s been one of the favorite of about 6 Lewis’ books I’ve recently acquired. In fact, it would make a great Christmas present for the Lewis enthusiast in your life. (It’s not too expensive either.)
Inside are some wonderful things, such as:
-An Essay on three ways of writing for children- Lewis explains his own style and some of how he crafted the Narnia series.
-Thoughts by Lewis on the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. (ok. that’s a little geeky, I know.)
-A very interesting comparison of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm.
-Thoughts on Science Fiction, and of course some information about his own work with The Space Trilogy.
That is just a few of the 20 articles and essays in the volume. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of Lewis’ own writings as well as much discussion of his opinions on other works of his day. Well worth the 10 bucks or so for a new copy!
Enjoy this rare but sparkling gem from the CS Lewis’ anthology.