C. S. Lewis Essay - C. S. Lewis World Literature Analysis

C. S. Lewis World Literature Analysis

As a literary scholar, as well as a creative writer, Lewis was sensitive to issues of technique, style, and purpose in writing. In his essays, he suggested some of his preferences about literature generally. Published after he completed his science-fiction novels but before he began the Narnia stories, his essay “On Stories,” included in the anthology Essays Presented to Charles Williams (1947), illuminates some of these concerns. He distinguishes between exciting, suspenseful plots and the “whole world” of a novel. He rejects an adventure novel such as Alexandre Dumas, père’s Les Trois Mousquetaires (1844; The Three Musketeers, 1846):The total lack of atmosphere repels me. There is no country...

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