On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Sep 30, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 180 pages
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“In life and art both, as it seems to me, we are always trying to catch in our net of successive moments something that is not successive . . . But I think it is sometimes done—or very, very nearly done—in stories.”

C.S. Lewis is widely known for his fiction, especially his stories of science fiction and fantasy, for which he was a pioneering author in an age of realistic fiction. In On Stories, he lays out his theories and philosophy on fiction over the course of nine essays, including “On Stories,” “The Death of Words,” and “On Three Ways of Writing for Children.” In addition to these essays, On Stories collects eleven pieces of Lewis's writing that were unpublished during his lifetime. Along with discussing his own fiction, Lewis reviewed and critiqued works by many of his famous peers, including George Orwell, Charles Williams, Rider Haggard, and his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien, providing a wide-ranging look at what fiction means and how to craft it from one of the masters of his day.

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Full of good stuff on writers and writing. - Goodreads
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A fine collection with nary a dull essay in it. Favorites: everybody should justifiably swoon over Lewis talking about Lord of the Rings. He really understands the thrill of these books. All Lewis's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Micah Landers - Goodreads

Such a wide ranging and fascinating collection of essays by Lewis, hitting on every aspect of fiction. He writes widely on the value of science fiction and fantasy as legitimate forms, on education ... Read full review

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C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) gained international renown for an impressive array of beloved works both popular and scholarly: literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and numerous books on theology. Among his most celebrated achievements are Out of the Silent Planet, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, and Surprised by Joy.

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