The Personal Heresy, C. S. Lewis, E. M. W. Tillyard. New York: Harper One, 2017 (originally published 1939).
Summary: A discussion of whether the personality of the author should enter into the criticism of a work of poetry.
In 1934 C. S. Lewis published an article in Essays and Studies to defend this assertion:
In this paper I shall maintain that when we read poetry as poetry should be read, we have before us no representation which claims to be the poet, and frequently no representation of a man, a character, or a personality at all.
The article was written for anyone to take up. E. M. W. Tillyard published a response in the following year that led to two more rounds of responses between Lewis and Tillyard, resulting in this book in its present form.
In a nutshell, the controversy between the two men concerned whether, in poetry…
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