Monday, August 11, 2008

The Personal Heresy Available Again

This just in from Joel Heck of Columbia University:

On behalf of Concordia University Press, I would like to announce the reprint release of the C.S. Lewis-E.M.W. Tillyard work, The Personal Heresy. The book was first published in 1939 and later reprinted in 1965, but it has been out of print for quite some time. I would appreciate it if you would do one or more of several things: first, purchase a personal copy; second, ask your library (university library or local library) to purchase a copy; third, tell your friends and acquaintances who are interested in the works of Lewis, especially in a newsletter if you edit one; fourth, if you teach Lewis, consider adopting this book as a textbook for your class.

New features of this edition: (1) an Introduction by Bruce Edwards that places the work in historical context and explains its significance, (2) an Index, and (3) an additional set of footnotes that explains most foreign language and literary allusions. All of these additions should make the work more accessible to the reader.

Available in its first reprint since 1965, The Personal Heresy: A Controversy originally published in 1939, comprises the exchange of essays between C. S. Lewis and E. M. W. Tillyard in which the literary critics argue opposing positions on what can or should be gained from the reading of poetry. Bruce Edwards sees in this work a consistent Lewisian theme, “championing as it does the cogency of the doctrine of objective value” (“The Personal Heresy: A Controversy,” in The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia, pp. 318f.).

Lewis responds to Tillyard’s assertion in his 1930 publication Milton that “[a]ll poetry is about the poet’s state of mind.” Lewis argues that in poetry we see what the poet sees, not the poet himself. Lewis writes, “When we read poetry as poetry should be read, we have before us no representation which claims to be the poet, and frequently no representation of a man, a character, or a personality at all.”

To order your copy, with an Introduction by Dr. Bruce L. Edwards, send US$19.95 plus US$4.00 for shipping and handling within the contiguous forty-eight states, or US$6.00 outside the forty-eight states to Dr. Joel Heck, Concordia University Press, 3400 N. Interstate 35, Austin, Texas 78705, with a check payable to “Concordia University Press.”

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pauline Baynes has passed on


It has been reported that Pauline Baynes, famous for her illustrations of Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia and several of Tolkien's books, has died just before her 86th birthday. She died at her home in Surrey. Let us give thanks to the Lord for her gifts and pray for the comforts of Christ for her family.
For a review of her life and work, you may read this article on the Guardian website.

Image from Into the Wardrobe.