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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 61, Summer 1994 Notes and Quotes

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 61, Summer 1994 Notes and Quotes The C.S. Lewis Foundation for Truth in Publishing

I’m not recommending foolhardiness or bravado. I don’t think that’s what [the four rescuers of Reginal Denny during the Los Angeles riots] were engaged in. I think they were engaged in moral action and moral choice. This strikes me as especially notable in a time when there is so little bravery available for generous purposes and so much bungee-jumping type undertaken for no discernable purpose except for self-testing or showing off, and so much interest in a kind of make-my-day pugnacity that is more hormonal than heroic. [These four] did the right thing. They didn’t appoint a commission to tell them in six months what that might be. They knew. We usually do. And they were willing to face the consequences.

Meg Greenfield, Newsweek 13 Sept. 1993

There is a name for people who claim privileged access to the inner workings of people they describe. The name is novelist…. In the past few years a steady succession of high-profile books about people living and dead have raised questions of propriety and taste…

Elizabeth Randolph, Time, 12 July 1993

I am glad that I remained always on good terms with CSL, though we were at opposite poles intellectually…

I couldn’t have borne Lewis’ vulgar beer-drinking, smoking, pub-crawling, the scruffy way he lived. He was no aesthete, as I was. And he was very queer in his relations with those two awful women — I wouldn’t have wanted to meet them, much less know them. Perhaps a masochistic streak in Lewis. However, he was a good man, which I do not claim to be. Also more gregarious, more of a ‘good fellow’ than this solitary misanthrope.

A. L. Rowse, 13 December 1993 letter to Jonathan Brewer of Cornwall