Re: [mythsoc] Re: Novelists influenced by C. S. Lewis
- In a message dated 2/4/01 7:08:23 PM Central Standard Time,
> I want authors (if they exist) who take Lewis asWell, kiddie books or no, I conclude that you should certainly take a look at
> a literary mentor in content at least as much as in style, and who try
> to write books that Lewis would have liked in both respects.
L'Engle's WRINKLE IN TIME series.
- In a message dated 2/5/1 6:45:40 AM, Wendell wrote:
<<In a message dated 2/4/01 9:39:18 PM Eastern Standard Time, alexeik@...
> That's odd, I've always thought the influence [of Lewis onI defer to your superior knowledge of Wolfe. To be honest, I was going by
> Gene Wolfe] was pretty glaring.
the few short stories I've read and the plot descriptions of the novels I've
heard. Clearly you know much more of Wolfe than I do. I did once have an
interesting discussion with Wolfe at a con about _The Dark Tower_.
>>Not *all* of Wolfe's abundant output is obviously Lewis-influenced, but the
big fantasy novel-cycles ("New Sun", "Long Sun", "Short Sun") certainly are.
Like Lewis' s Ransom trilogy, they're theological fantasies expressing
orthodox Christian concepts in startlingly unconventional ways. They don't
*imitate* Lewis closely in matters of style or imagery, but it would be hard
to imagine them being written without Lewis as a basic model.
Not to contradict your point of view, but while I agree that Philip Pullman
isn't a "descendent" of Lewis, I do think that it can be _very_ interesting
to look at people that reacted to or against other writers. Sort of the
"anxiety of influence" thing.
(of course, I also just like Pullman :)
- Jen Stevens
ps John White is one of many writers that admits to having been _very_
influenced by Lewis (ok, more than influenced!). His very different
treatment of the Spenser image of Goldcoffin's chamber is rather
At 10:07 AM 2/5/2001 -0000, you wrote:
>--- In mythsoc@y..., Ted Sherman <tedsherman@h...> wrote:
>> May I ask why you want such a list? That is, is this for personal
>> development and illumination? Is this research for a project?
>No project, just admiration for Lewis's writing and interest in
>finding out about his more nearly direct literary "descendants," if he
>The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
- <<No project, just admiration for Lewis's writing and interest in finding
out about his more nearly direct literary "descendants," if he has any.
Raise your hand if you've been spending years scribbling and aspiring to just
that career... lol.>>
:raises hand and looks shyly at her feet:
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