quarta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2011

Tales Before Narnia - The roots of modern fantasy and science fiction



My previous anthology, Tales Before Tolkien (2003), is a selection of early fantasy literature that influenced Tolkien, that he admired, or that presented similar themes to those that would later be found in his writings. The present volume is in many ways a companion to the earlier one, with the focus this time being on the writings of C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), Tolkien’s friend and colleague. Though this volume is titled Tales Before Narnia, it is not restricted solely to precursors of Lewis’s seven volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia; rather, it encompasses the much wider breadth of his fictional output.

The critic William Empson is said to have described Lewis as “the bestread man of his generation, one who read everything and remembered everything he read.” Lewis’s published writings range from book-length narrative poems to science fiction, children’s books to works of scholarship— particularly on medieval and renaissance literature, but also including volumes on the poet Milton and on the study of words and language. Lewis is renowned for his Christian apologetics, and additionally he was a prolific poet, essayist, letter writer, and book reviewer.

CONTENTS
Introduction
Proem: “Tegnér’s Drapa” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The Aunt and Amabel” by E. Nesbit
“The Snow Queen: A Tale in Seven Stories” by Hans Christian Andersen
“The Magic Mirror” by George MacDonald
“Undine” by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué
“Letters from Hell: Letter III” by Valdemar Thisted
"Fastosus and Avaro” by John Macgowan
“The Tapestried Chamber; or, The Lady in the Sacque” by Sir Walter Scott
“The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton” by Charles Dickens
“The Child and the Giant” by Owen Barfield
“A King’s Lesson” by William Morris
“The Waif Woman: A Cue—From a Saga” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“First Whisper of The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame
“The Wish House” by Rudyard Kipling
“Et in Sempiternum Pereant” by Charles Williams
“The Dragon’s Visit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
“The Coloured Lands” by G. K. Chesterton
“The Man Who Lived Backwards” by Charles F. Hall
“The Wood That Time Forgot: The Enchanted Wood” by Roger Lancelyn Green
“The Dream Dust Factory” by William Lindsay Gresham
Author Notes and Recommended Reading

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