Monday, January 19, 2009

Gresham on the Movies

Douglas Gresham once said that Joss Ackland portrays Lewis better than Hopkins (Anthony Hopkins is always Anthony Hopkins) and Debra Winger portrayed his mother better than Claire Bloom.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dr. Tate: From Lewis to Spenser to Lewis

Those who braved the frigid temps last night were rewarded with hearing Dr. Bill Tate of Covenant College describe for us his experience of learning about C. S. Lewis through the Chronicles of Narnia, and then how that interest led him into the study of English Literature and one of Lewis' favourite authors, Edmund Spenser. He summarized for us Lewis' observations about how Spenser wrote his Fairie Queene in Fowler's book Spenser's Images of Life. Bill then showed us how scenes in The Fairie Queene show up in the Chronicles of Narnia. It was quite interesting and a good time was had by all. We hope Bill will be able to speak to us again some time.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dr. Tate to Speak on an Obscure Lewis Book - 16 Jan.


It's very difficult to find and expensive on the used book market. It is a book containing C. S. Lewis' lectures at Cambridge University on the famous work by Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queen, compiled and amplified by a gentleman named Alastair Fowler. Cambridge University published the lectures under the title Spenser's Images of Life in 1967. Lewis had intended that these lectures be the basis for a book, but he died before he could finish them up. Thanks to Mr. Fowler, we can read something very close to what Lewis wanted us to read.

Spenser was one of Lewis' favourite authors. Lewis writes extensively about him in his volumes English Literature in the Sixteenth Century and The Allegory of Love. It has been said that Lewis' interpretation and appreciation of Spenser caused a revolution in Spenserian studies and contributed greatly to Spenser being considered in the same rank with such men as Milton, Chaucer, and Shakespeare.

Dr. William Tate, professor of English at Covenant College, has kindly agreed to come and speak to us about these lectures on Spenser by Lewis and to help us appreciate more deeply Lewis, the literary scholar. Our meeting, as usual, will be at Rock Point Books, 4th & Broad, in downtown Chattanooga. We will meet on Friday, the 16th, at 7:00 P.M. We hope you will be able to join us.