Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis (Edited by Thomas L. Martin, 2000)

An underlying conviction of this book,” Dr. Martin says of Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis, “is that while many continue to read Lewis for his fictional, apologetical, and theological writings, they underappreciate this fact: Lewis’s mind was nurtured on the study of literature. Those of us in English departments—those who have exchanged the wardrobe door for the university door—have always understood this. Studying literature has for us served as a means of going further up, deeper in.” In Reading the Classics twenty scholars share something of the fruit of their study. There are papers on modern literature, science fiction, Spenser, Milton, myth, fantasy, medieval literature, and much more. This is serious reading, but by scholars who appreciate Lewis, know and love literature, and are eager to welcome us to the scholarship and literary world of C. S. Lewis, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature, Cambridge University.


Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis edited by Thomas L. Martin (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books; 2000) 392 pp. + index.