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The Allegory of Love Paperback – 1958

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1958)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195003438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195003437
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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A classic study of the allegorical power of love in literature, traced through major works of the medieval and Renaissance periods, by one of the major literary critics of the twentieth century. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Kershaw on 14 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Even though this book was written in 1936, it's still essential reading for anyone who's interested in mediaeval literature. It's an introduction to the technique of allegory, a method of writing which often seems artificial to modern readers, and one which can actually convince you that, yes, there is something to it. It's also the story of how romantic love came to be considered a subject of literature - or even considered at all. So, in a way, without these poets, we'd never have had Mills and Boon...But we'd never have had "Romeo and Juliet", either, so you probably have to forgive them. Like all Lewis' books, it's written in a clear style which manages to be both informative and, dare one say it, entertaining. But don't that mislead you - it's still serious scholarship.
Of course, a book that's almost seventy years old isn't exactly at the cutting edge of research. Things move on, even in mediaeval studies,and some of his conclusions have their critics. Still,
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. C. Cousins on 15 Oct. 2009
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Written as only C.S. Lewis can. This is a comprehensive coverage of the allegorical, courtly love poems but with bias toward Lewis, opinion at times. Nevertheless it is an invaluable help in understanding Medieval love poems when used in conjunction with related literature.
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By Janet Hand on 9 May 2015
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Extremely useful, erudite and devastating
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DM SHERWOOD on 22 July 2014
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Still the set book on Courtly Love
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By KATE on 10 Feb. 2015
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Scholarly
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