Waistdeep in Romanticism

“I had already been waist­deep in Romanticism; and likely enough, at any moment, to flounder into its darker and more evil forms, slithering down the steep descent that leads from the love of strangeness to that of eccentricity and thence to that of perversity. Now Phantasies was romantic enough in all conscience; but there was a difference. . . . What it actually did to me was to convert, even to baptise . . . my imagination. It did nothing to my intellect nor (at that time) to my conscience. Their turn came far later and with the help of many other books and men.”

Rediscovered: C. S. Lewis TIME Magazine Cover Story – Sep. 8, 1947
Is today’s fascination with vampires and zombies a new romanticism?

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