CS Lewis Personal Library

CS Lewis

CS Lewis Personal Library - The Shaping of a Mind Born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Clive Staples Lewis (CS Lewis), was a writer, critic, Anglican scholar and theologian. As a boy, he read voraciously, wrote about an imaginary world,  called Boxen – “Animal-Land”, which was inhabited by talking beasts. At Oxford, CS Lewis studied the classics, philosophy and English. Between 1925 and 1954, he was the fellow of English language and literature at Magdalen College, Oxford. Close male friends – his brother Warren, JRR Tolkien, English scholar Hugo Dyson, novelist Charles Williams and philosopher Owen Barfield – … [Read more...]

Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Personal Library – The Shaping of a Mind Although we  are celebrating Banned Books Week September 21−27, 2014, I have decided that I would present Oscar Wilde's personal library because his play Salome was banned and he had to remove parts of his book, The Picture of Dorian Gray because it was considered homoerotic and suggestive. Over 120 years later, Harvard University Press published the original text of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think the version of the book I read is probably the version where chunks of the story were removed. If you have not read The Picture of Dorian Gray, read The Picture of Dorian Gray (The … [Read more...]

Emily Dickinson Personal Library

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Personal Library Working on the series, Personal Libraries of Successful People, has been a good process for me because it allows me to see the shaping of the mind. of a very successful person. Like I have written before, from what I have observed so far, these successful people read books to improve their craft, and they read broadly. This is also true of Emily Dickinson, who was an American poet. She read the works of other poets, classic literature, fiction of her time, and various other genres. Born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson received a very good  education. She loved going for long walks, … [Read more...]

Getting an Education from Books, Part II

Education from Books

Getting an Education from Books, Part II In keeping with the theme of getting an education from books, today I am focusing on the course, Invitation to World Literature. Although I really liked - Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, I loved this course more, and I think a part of that has to do with the delivery. Invitation to World Literature consists of 30-minute videos based on 13 books – a video for each book - which is a much more manageable number. What I appreciated most of all is the diversity of people talking about the story and how the book impacted their lives. And where possible, the authors talk … [Read more...]

Getting an Education from Books

Education from Books

Getting an Education from Books I am in this weird mood, and I am feeling like it is the calm before the storm. I have taken several courses already for my informal liberal arts education, and I have been reading books other than the classics, but I always seem to get back to where I need to be. I have been thinking about getting an education from books, and while I am feeling very philosophical, I started to think about two courses that I have taken - Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, and Invitation to World Literature. Both of these courses are about “great” books. Books That Have Made History: Books That … [Read more...]