With characteristic warmth and perspicacity that never fail to engage his audience, C. S. Lewis assumes the roles of both critic and writer in this varied collection. Here Lewis extols the virtues of Story, an element often neglected by critics, as well as discussing the kinds of stories dear to him—especially those found in children's books and fantasies. And, in a rare moment, the author writes about his own work, particularly The Chronicles of Narnia and his science fiction trilogy.
The essays are followed by three science fiction stories and the first five chapters of a novel based on Greek legend, left incomplete at the time of the author's death.
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