C.S. Lewis vs. the Surrealists

My previous post was about Richard Leslie’s book on Surrealism, which at first was characterized by the idea that art was a reflection of the inner self, not the outside world.

In his remarks at the Wordsmithy program for writers, Doug Wilson quoted C.S. Lewis’ much better (in my opinion) understanding of what literature is for, and its applicable to all of the arts: “literature exists to teach what is useful, to honor what deserves honor, to appreciate the delightful. The useful, the honorable, and delightful are superior to it [literature]. It exists for their sake. Its own use, honor, or delightfulness is derivative from theirs.”


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