Of Other Worlds : Essays and Stories by C.S. Lewis edited by Walter Hooper
New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966. First American Edition. Hardcover. 147 pages ; 21 cm. $3.95 dust jacket. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
CS. LEWIS ; Of Other Worlds : ESSAYS AND STORIES Edited, with a Preface, by Walter Hooper
This marvelously mixed bag of Lewisiana will be treasured by his devotees. His perfectly relaxed, unassuming, civilizing qualities are much in evidence in this varied selection -some never printed in the United States before—of essays and stories. Walter Hooper sets the characteristic tone in his preface —" 'You can't get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me,' said C S. Lewis. And he meant it, for at that moment I was pouring his tea into a very large Cornish-ware cup and he was reading Bleak House."
"This little anecdote suggests," Mr. Hooper goes on, "a theme for this book: the excellence of Story. And especially those kinds of story we call fairy tales and science fiction, both of which were dear to Lewis. In these nine essays he discusses certain literary qualities which he feels critics neglect Also—something rare with Lewis— he talks a little about his 'Chronicles of Narnia' and his science fiction trilogy. Following the essays are three science fiction stories and the first five chapters of a novel [which begins in the belly of the Trojan horse which Lewis was writing at the time of his death."
G S. LEWIS, noted author, critic, and educator, played a rich part in the intellectual and scholarly life of England by virtue of his captivatingly original mind and his brilliant style. On both sides of the Atlantic he was regarded as one of the most celebrated writers of our time.
Mr. Lewis was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1898, and died at his home in Headington Quarry, Oxford, in November, 1963. Following his youth and early education, so much of which was poignantly recounted in his Surprised by Joy, he entered Oxford University in 1917. Before a term had passed, however, he enlisted in the British Army. Commissioned a second lieutenant, he served in France, where he was wounded. He returned to Oxford at the war's end, first as a student, and then as a teacher. He held the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University and won a reputation as a brilliant lecturer, tutor, and scholar. His wide fame rests on his numerous books, which include The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Reflections on the Psalms, The World's Last Night and Other Essays, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, The Letters of C. S. Lewis, edited by W. H. Lewis, Surprised by Joy, an autobiography, Poems, and Till We Have Faces, a novel.
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