This is available in paperback, Nook, and Kindle formats for nominally six or seven dollars. Our discussion leader will be Elizabeth.
February 13th Virgil The Aeneid (Books 1 to 6)
This important epic was a significant influence on C.S. Lewis and Lewis himself undertook a translation which while incomplete was recently published (see http://tinyurl.com/mfkcypl ). Stephen will be our discussion leader and recommended the Fitzgerald translation. There are many translations out there and often they are available for free from ebooks or Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
We conclude with the second half of the Aeneid with Stephen leading our discussion.
Dante's Divine Comedy was an influence on Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce. Lewis was an admirer of Dante's poetry and a member of a Dante group at Oxford. Iain will be our discussion leader for this adventure leading to May's rereading of The Screwtape Letters. If you're getting a copy of The Divine Comedy it would be best perhaps to get the whole work which includes the sections Purgatorio, and Paradiso which have been suggested as a continuation.
We've read The Screwtape Letters before of course but it never hurts to read a classic again as Jack would advise and as he did advise in On the Reading of Old Books. No doubt he'd be a bit amused to have his books considered old but in our every changing world yesterday is seen as old. Jessica will be our discussion leader.
Many writers influenced C.S. Lewis's spiritual journey back to faith. This book is a compendium of excerpts from these writers. Each section is short so you might consider reading a few a day as spiritual reflections. Ray will be our discussion leader.
Any publication that contains these is fine. They are both available on-line as pdf files. The first is 27 pages and the second is eleven pages. Each is important and reflects Tolkien's deep thoughts about the role of the imagination and the act of creation. We don't have a discussion leader yet, so here's an opportunity.
In this collection of essays by C.S. Lewis we'll be focusing on the continuing theme of imaginative literature so that we'll be emphasizing the essays: On Stories; On Three Ways of Writing for Children; Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's To Be Said; and On Juvenile Tastes. The essays in this volume are a fun read. We don't have a discussion leader yet, so here's an opportunity.
C.S. Lewis was an admirer of Jane Austen seeing her age as a dividing line between an age when people were still mannered and rational and an age that was increasingly irrational. Those interested in more on that theme should read Lewis's de descriptione temporum which can be found at http://tinyurl.com/lqrzznf We don't have a discussion leader yet, so here's an opportunity.
Together with Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man is Chesterton's masterpiece of faith and apologetics and it led a young Oxford Don back to his faith as described in Surprised by Joy. Chesterton's book is a romp of good humor and faultless development, a send up of all the canards of the modern age. Lewis loved it and loved Chesterton. We don't have a discussion leader yet, so here's an opportunity.
This is a book that C.S. Lewis considered his best. It retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche in a way that communicates many deep spiritual messages. Here's a review http://tinyurl.com/mm4cnan to whet your appetite. We don't have a discussion leader yet, so here's an opportunity.