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In The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It describes the “image” discarded by later years as “the medieval synthesis itself, the whole organization of their theology, science and history into a single, complex, harmonious mental model of the universe.” This, Lewis’ last book, has been hailed as “the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind.”
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Erudite and graceful, filled with anecdote and analogy, illuminating the images of the past.
—Los Angeles Times
It does you good to read [Lewis’] learned books, not because you are preached at, but because to read them is for the mind what a walk over fine, sometimes rough, country in good weather is for the healthy body.
Nobody else could have imposed such form on such a mass of matter, and written a book so wide in scope. Whether we were his pupils in the classroom or no, we are all his pupil and we shall not look upon his like again.
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 Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than 30 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 Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classic Mere Christianity.