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What did C.S. Lewis

Postby PDYER » 17 Jun 2009, 19:08

Does anyone have a compiled list of what C.S. Lewis's personal library contained? His favorite authors?
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Re: What did C.S. Lewis

Postby nomad » 30 Jun 2009, 01:18

I don't know of any list, but Lewis' own comments would indicate that George MacDonald would have a prominent spot. Also some Dorothy Sayer titles. And I imagine a slew of Medieval and classical literature would be included - in several languages.
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Re: What did C.S. Lewis

Postby mgton » 30 Jun 2009, 15:24

The following link has a list Lewis made of the most influential books he read concerning philosophical an religious matters. http://www.scriptoriumnovum.com/l/books.html
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Re: What did C.S. Lewis

Postby nomad » 01 Jul 2009, 03:20

Ooo, thanks for that link mgton. Very nice. And how could I have not thought of Chesterton and Charles Williams. I tried the Aeneid once, but only made it about half way through... and I expect Lewis probably read it in the original Latin. Whew!
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Re: What did C.S. Lewis

Postby Tuke » 01 Jul 2009, 17:19

Good link, thanks!
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Re: What did C.S. Lewis

Postby larry gilman » 03 Jul 2009, 20:11

Lewis mentions many authors in his writings (e.g., throughout Surprised by Joy). William Morris and H. Rider Haggard both got essays of their own -- apart of course from the many authors whom he wrote about professionally. But when it came to reading for love and pleasure, I get the impression that for Lewis there was often no distinction between work and play.

Yet he referred to only one author as "my master": George MacDonald. And of the writings of MacDonald, the one that clobbered Clive hardest and first was the dream-novel Phantastes. Though he also loved the dream-novel Lilith and MacDonald's explicitly religious books, the three volumes called Unspoken Sermons.
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Re: What did C.S. Lewis

Postby Lirenel » 07 Aug 2009, 23:45

nomad wrote: I tried the Aeneid once, but only made it about half way through... and I expect Lewis probably read it in the original Latin. Whew!


The Aeneid really is a wonderful book, but you almost have to take a class on Roman history and myth in order to fully appreciate the details. Also, a good knowledge of the Iliad would be helpful as well, since the Aeneid is, in fact, Iliad fanfiction. But after having studied Latin literature in depth for a semester, as well as having an understanding of Latin translation from my years taking Latin, I fully understand why the Aeneid is one of the greats of classical literature (even if it is unfinished an ends in the middle of a battle. Vergil unfortunately died before completing his manuscript).

And I really should read Dorothy Sayers sometime. Would you know I went to the library today and specifically looked for some of her books, only to find that our local library doesn't carry them? Frustrating.
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Re: What did C.S. Lewis

Postby postodave » 08 Aug 2009, 19:46

Anyone interested in Dorothy Sayers should keep an eye on BBC Radio 7. Apart from the occasional Peter Wimsey dramatization they have recently broadcast her cycle of plays on the life of Christ 'The Man Born to be King'. Lewis reckoned to read this every lent. After reading her book on the trinity (The Mind of the Maker - a remarkable book republished a few years ago with an intro by Susan Howatch) he had a go at one of the Wimsey novels (Gaudie Night which is referred to in MOM) and did not like it, but as he said he did not like detective novels. Here's a link for BBC 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/programmes/a-z/player no Sayers at the moment but keep checking. You also get Lewis dramatizations as well - tends to be the space trilogy - and some children's classics. God bless the BBC I say.
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