In Praise of Books

It was Stephen King who said that books are a uniquely portable magic. About 400 years earlier, the English poet John Milton also noted: "A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life." And for those who may scorn old books because … Continue reading In Praise of Books

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On the Reading of Old Books, By C. S. Lewis

This piece was written by C. S. Lewis as an Introduction to a 1944 translation of *St Athanasius’ The Incarnation of the Word of God. There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern … Continue reading On the Reading of Old Books, By C. S. Lewis