January 17, 2013

C. S. Lewis and the Virtue of a Loved Book

Lewis's An Experiment in Criticism has many, many fascinating ideas brewing about how to judge the worth of a book. He has this revolutionary thought: We can never really know what a book brings to another person. Even if it seems like a waste to us, if someone else claims to love it we have to contend with this fact: "The prima facie probability that anything which has ever been truly read and obstinately loved by any reader has some virtue in it is overwhelming."

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