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C. S. Lewis and Contemporary Culture

by Douglas Gresham, 16 April 1998 “The purpose of this lecture series is to bring speakers to campus who are able to communicate the message of Christianity in the tradition of C. S. Lewis. “ Provocative or Questionable Quotes from Doug’s Lecture QUOTES ABOUT LEWIS About the age of four, a little dog that he was fond of in the Read More ›

Anachronistic Slang in The Dark Tower

by James Robinson of Belfast You have observed that the name of the character “Knellie” in The Dark Tower may have been a pun on a slang word for a homosexual. The Oxford English Dictionary provides a definition of nelly as “a weak-spirited or silly person; a homosexual.” The earliest citation is in the Sunday Times of 17 September 1961, Read More ›

A Voyage to Arcturus, C. S. Lewis, and The Dark Tower

by Casey R. Law, J. D. THOUGH MANY OF C. S. LEWIS’S Christian readers would find the gnostic David Lindsay an improbable influence upon Lewis, Lindsay was in fact important in inspiring Lewis to write two of his interplanetary novels, the famous Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. The heavy influence of Voyage is also (to this writers thinking) Read More ›

A New 1998 Screwtape Letter

Discovered and Copyrighted by Berni Phillips (An entry in the Screwtape Letter Contest at Mythcon XXIX) My dear Gallstone, I cannot emphasize to you enough how valuable a resource the Internet is to us today. Consider, for starters, the initial purchase. Your man must be convinced that only the fastest and most up-to-date (and therefore expensive) machine is suitable for Read More ›

C. S. Lewis’s Last Will and Testament

E-mail text provided by Mike W. Perry, Seattle, Washington This text faithfully reproduces C. S. Lewis’s last will exactly as typed including all capitalization and punctuation. (Paragraphs did not end in periods.) A Codicil was apparently attached to the will but was not available at the time this text was reproduced. The amounts in pounds, shillings and pence at the Read More ›

In the High Court of Justice

The Principal Probate Registry BE IT KNOWN that CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS of The Kilns Headington Quarry Oxford died there on the 22nd day of November 1963 domiciled in England AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament with a Codicil thereto (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) of the said deceased was Read More ›

More about the Will

from James O’Fee David Gaston, Solicitor, who originally found the copy of C. S. Lewis’s Will in Belfast writes: I am surprised at the interest which has been generated in the copy of the Will which I unearthed. As a document of public record I had assumed it was already in the public domain. I am not sure if I Read More ›

Walter Hooper’s Famous Chapel Hill Collection

Manuscripts Department Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION#4236 WALTER MCGEHEE HOOPER PAPERSInventory Abstract: Correspondence of Walter McGehee Hooper (1931- ) and colleagues, friends, acquaintances, and admirers of C. S. Lewis. Included are a few letters from Lewis and his brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis, to Hooper. Some of the correspondence contains anecdotal material about Read More ›

What is the Truth?

“As per the request of Walter Hooper,” files in Box 2 are closed until 2012 or notification of the death of the writers. But the contents of Box 1 are allegedly open to researchers. Is this really true? Some of the letters in Box 1 disprove some of Hooper’s most important claims, such as his purported secretaryship. When one researcher Read More ›

The Secret History of C. S. Lewis’s “Interesting Relics”

Near the end of the Hooper Papers Inventory (see “Other Material” in the previous column) one reads of “a few pages of notes about the contents of Lewis’s home in Oxford.” But this is a very erroneous description. These are five small pages of Lewis’s meticulous handwritten instructions (with a sketch) telling Walter Hooper exactly how to clear out Lewis’s Read More ›