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.

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