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English Literature in the Sixteenth Century:…

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama (Oxford… (1954)

by C. S. Lewis

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Completely and utterly wonderful. I'll never forget his description of the poetry of Edmund Spenser (a personal favorite of mine).
1 vote tungsten_peerts | Jul 12, 2012 |
“…It just is, in its way, a brilliant book, because it’s both scholarly and readable, comprehensive and perceptive. He’s interested in the intellectual background of the period. It’s quite critical – that’s a good thing – and lively, and he goes through it chronologically. It’s also very useful and illuminating: when he comes to an author there’s a footnote with a potted biography. He really gets one interested in the writers who interest him or who he values, and makes you want to read them….” (Reviewed by Mark Girouard in FiveBooks).

The full interview is available here: http://fivebooks.com/interviews/mark-girouard-on-art-and-culture-elizabethan-eng... ( )
  FiveBooks | May 18, 2010 |
Lewis wonderfully conveys his enthusiasm for the authors he discusses.
I do not always feel those authors deserve it, but I enjoy Lewis. ( )
1 vote antiquary | Aug 30, 2007 |
I love this book for the splendid enthusiasm which Lewis shows for even very minor renaissance authors whom he has obviously read and enjoyed. Sometimes when I went on to read the authors he described, I did not find them as good as he did, but at least he inspired me to read them seriously. ( )
1 vote antiquary | Aug 13, 2007 |
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explores intellectuals of the time period, writers are footnoted
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