The Art of Writing and the Gifts of Writers

  • by C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within these pages is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.
This volume includes:

1. "The Hobbit"
2. "Period Criticism"
3. "On Stories"
4. "On Three Ways of Writing for Children"
5. "Prudery and Philology"
6. "Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings"
7. "Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to Be Said"
8. "It All Began with a Picture…"
9. "Unreal Estates"
10. "On Criticism"
11. "Cross-Examination"
12. "A Tribute to E. R. Eddison"
13. "The Mythopoeic Gift of Rider Haggard"
14. "George Orwell"
15. "A Panegyric for Dorothy L. Sayers"
16. "The Novels of Charles Williams"


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Customer Reviews

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Great Collection of Rare Writings

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A wonderful collections of Lewis lesser known work on writing and Literature. Everything from Science Fiction to Fairy Tales, and even a transcript of an conversation between Lewis and Martin Amis.

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- Medieval Lady

Beautifully read essays from a master storyteller

This is a fine audiobook. It is read with such clarity that one can almost imagine C.S. Lewis actually reading it. The narrator, the late Ralph Cosham reads with such humanity it brings great peace to the listener.

The topics covered are vast in scope and relevant to this day. I particularly liked the sections on Lewis' respectful and insightful thoughts on the works of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien. Particularly enjoyable are the episodes on the creative writing process.

Finally, this is an audiobook that deserves multiple listenings and will appeal to readers and writers with more than a passing interest in the craft.
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- Adisha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.