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C. S. Lewis on Writing

Corey Latta's book works.

C.S. Lewis and The Art of Writing by Corey Latta examines Mr. Lewis’ writing life throughout the course of his writing career. He correctly emphasizes how Lewis’ writing was deeply formed by his reading. The survey begins with his earliest reading encounters and proceeds in a semi-chronological fashion. The trip includes very interesting anecdotes concerning how Lewis apprehended books to incorporate the author’s arguments and style into his own distinctive craft. 

“Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing; ink is the great cure for all human ills, as I have found out long ago.” C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves. “Lewis demonstrated a tremendous affinity and capacity for clear, functional, and beautiful language.” See Latta, preface. Latta proves Lewis used writing just that way. He heaps up examples of clear, functional, and beautiful language used by Lewis.

Latta includes well-thought-out exercises that demonstrate his lessons learned from Lewis. Those lessons are insightful without over-burdening the reader. The exercises improve the reader’s comprehension of the points made.

The book is well-written. The author is incisive. The arguments are useful and persuasive. Anyone who wishes to learn from the master will profit by taking up this book and reading. It's a great book to read with a fellow writer, whether actual or aspiring.

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