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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 81, Summer 1999

The Liberation of Spirits in Bondage Original Article

In 1918 Lewis wrote to his father, ‘”You are aware that for some years nowI have amused myself by writing verses, and a pocket-book collection of
these followed me through France. Since my return I have occupied myself by
revising them, getting them typed with a few additions, and trying to
publish them.” Heinemann published the 40 poems 80 years ago, on 20 March

Project Gutenberg, one of the oldest and most experienced sources of public
domain e-texts, has confirmed that Spirits in Bondage is in the public
domain in the U.S. and that the text will go out through them. As a public
service, Mike Perry is putting it on John West’s C. S. Lewis and Public
Life website, Although Lewis
wrote these poems as a young atheist, some of his lifelong themes are in
them. Readers, researchers, and publishers will now have free access to
them at last.