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By Douglas A. Anderson

In his acclaimed assortment stories earlier than Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson illuminated the assets, inspirations, and affects that fired J.R.R. Tolkien’s genius. Now Anderson turns his recognition to Tolkien’s colleague and good friend C. S. Lewis, whose effect on sleek myth, via his cherished Narnia books, is moment purely to Tolkien’s own.In some ways, Lewis’s impression has been even wider than Tolkien’s. For as well as the Narnia sequence, Lewis wrote groundbreaking works of technological know-how fiction, city fable, and non secular allegory, and he got here to be considered as one of the most crucial Christian writers of the 20 th century. it's going to come as no shock, then, that the sort of wide-ranging expertise drew notion from various assets. listed here are twenty of the tributaries that fed Lewis’s detailed expertise, between them:“The wooden that point Forgot: The Enchanted Wood,” taken from a never-before-published myth by means of Lewis’s biographer and good friend, Roger Lancelyn eco-friendly, that at once encouraged The Lion, the Witch, and the cloth wardrobe; E. Nesbit’s captivating “The Aunt and Amabel,” within which a tender lady enters one other international through a cloth wardrobe; “The Snow Queen,” via Hans Christian Andersen, that includes the kidnapping of a tender boy by means of a lady as merciless as she is gorgeous; and lots of extra, together with works via Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, G. ok. Chesterton, and George MacDonald, of whom Lewis could write, “I have by no means hid the truth that I seemed him as my master.” choked with interesting insights into Lewis’s existence and fiction, stories ahead of Narnia is the type of e-book that would be valuable via childrens and adults alike and handed down lovingly from new release to iteration.

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In his acclaimed assortment stories prior to Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson illuminated the assets, inspirations, and impacts that fired J. R. R. Tolkien’s genius. Now Anderson turns his awareness to Tolkien’s colleague and good friend C. S. Lewis, whose impression on sleek myth, via his loved Narnia books, is moment merely to Tolkien’s personal.

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The one who spoke as if he were quite at home, and spoke well, would be chosen by the Princess as her husband. Yes, yes, you may believe me, it’s as true as I sit here,” said the crow. “The people came crowding in; there was such running, and crushing, but no one was fortunate enough to be chosen, either on the first day, or on the second. They could all of them talk well enough in the street, but when they entered the castle gates, and saw the guard in silver uniforms, and when they went up the stairs through rows of lackeys in gold embroidered liveries, their courage forsook them.

Phantastes (1858) was MacDonald’s 45 first novel. MacDonald was steeped in German märchen, or “literary fairytales,” and his book is also one of the earliest such written in English. It is one of the best as well. “The Magic Mirror” is a self-contained story from chapter 13. C osmo von Wehrstahl was a student at the University of Prague. Though of a noble family, he was poor, and prided himself upon the independence that poverty gives; for what will not a man pride himself upon, when he cannot get rid of it?

Oh, how weary and sore were her little feet, and everything round looked so cold and dreary. The long willow leaves were quite yellow. The damp mist fell off the trees like rain, one leaf dropped after another from the trees, and only the sloe-thorn still bore its fruit, but the sloes were sour and set one’s teeth on edge. Oh, how grey and sad it looked, out in the wide world. 28 The Snow Queen F O U R T H S T O RY Prince and Princess Gerda was soon obliged to rest again. A big crow hopped on to the snow, just in front of her.

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