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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999

Notes and Quotes

* “… when I was commissioned by a publisher to write the life of C.S.Lewis, I thought ‘Oh, good, I am going to enjoy this very, very much.’ And
I did enjoy it, but I found, in the course of writing that book, something
had happened to me. I wouldn’t put it as strongly as to say that I had lost
my religious faith because I don’t think I have, exactly speaking, but I
realized what Lewis called ‘mere Christianity’ –in the way that he defines
it– was not a position which I had entertained in some years. … ” –A.
N. Wilson, in an interview in Books & Culture, Sept/Oct 1999, about God’s

* “What will he [A. N. Wilson] choose for the next turnaround/ Islam? A
sex-change?” –a TV critic in Private Eye in 1991.

* I was in California recently and did the scenic seventeen-mile drive
around Pebble Beach. We stopped and gazed at a famous landmark, the Lone
Cyprus, a tree growing out of a rocky island in the Pacific Ocean. It is a
very beautiful thing to see, but I noticed that a sign was posted at the
viewing spot stating that no one could take a photograph of the tree or
paint it if one intended to sell the photo or painting because (get this),
it was copyrighed! The tree was some company’s logo, the sign said, and the
image belonged to them and could not be reproduced or sold!
That floored me and, of course, made me think of the excesses of the Lewis
Estate on copyright. Lewis once talked about gazing at the hills outside
his home in Belfast. Maybe the Lewis estate will now insist this image
belongs to them and no one can photograph it without paying them money. It
seems that not even scenes from God’s creation are safe from the copyright
–David W. Landrum, on MereLewis.

* Not to be, but to seem, virtuous — it is a formula whose utility we all
discovered in the nursery. –C. S. Lewis, English Literature in the
Sixteenth Century, p. 51.