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May Announcement from James O’Fee about the UK’s 1998 Narnia Stamp

The design of the Royal Mail C. S. Lewis stamp is now public, and it is gorgeous! The designer is Peter Malone. The stamp shows Mr Tumnus and Lucy, hand-in-hand, running with Aslan over snow, in front of a lamp-post. Wording along the left margin reads ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS LEWIS’. The denomination of the stamp Read More ›

C. S. Lewis’s Buried Gold: “Break, Sun, My Crusted Earth”

Break, sun, my crusted earth, Pierce, needle of light, within, Where blind, immortal metals have their birth And crystals firm begin. To limbs and loins and heart Search with thy chemic beam, Strike where the self I know not lives apart Beneath the surface dream. For Life in secret goes About his work. In gloom The mother helping not nor Read More ›

Book Review: Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno Retold

By Nancylou Patterson Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno, Retold, with Notes, by Kathryn Lindskoog (Macon, Georgia, Mercer University Press, 1997), 226 pp. THE INFERNO is the first of the three portions of Dante’s Divine Comedy, and for many people, the only one they have read. It should not in fact be read in isolation, because it is the first movement of Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 76, Spring 1998 News and Views

“C. S. Lewis as Critic (and His Critics)” by Leland Ryken of Wheaton College, at the 15th annual Cornerstone Festival, Bushnell, IL, 1-5 July 1998. Call 773-989-2087 for information about the great array of speakers and activities. Total camp cost: $75 per adult. “C. S. Lewis’ Intellectual, Theological and Literary World” will be taught by Paul Holmer of Yale University Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 76, Spring 1998 Stop and Shop

Books by Legacy readers C. S. Lewis: Writer, Dreamer, and Mentor by Lionel Adey has just been released. (Eerdmans, 6″ by 9″ paperback, 312 pages, $22.00, 14.99.) This new literary study of Lewis traces his development as a voracious reader and writer of books. Among other things, Adey devotes a chapter to each kind of writing Lewis did. Lionel Adey Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 76, Spring 1998 Notes and Quotes

“Much is made of Jack’s ‘Anglicanism’, indeed far more is made of it by others than was ever made of it by Jack. Jack was more and more a Mere Christian, and towards the end of his life was less Churchian than anyone I know. I think it is inevitable that as one grows closer to Christ (as Jack did) Read More ›

Letter from Barbara Linville

Barbara Parsons Linville holds a degree from the University of Denver. She is a published freelance writer, conducts annual trips to England with her husband, Delbert, and occasionally lectures on various topics concerning C. S. Lewis and the Inklings. See her article on pp. 12-13. I began reading Lewis back in the mid-70’s. After a slow start (I had almost Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 76, Spring 1998 From the Mailbag

There’s a 1 June 1951 reference in Brothers and Friends to Warren visiting Gervase Mathew at Blackfriars in Oxford, admiring the chapel but not knowing that it was Dominican. He thought it was Benedictine. If Mathew had been in the Inklings since 1939 or 1940, as Hooper indicates in The Dark Tower, wouldn’t you think Warren would have realised which Read More ›

Walter Hooper’s “Diabolical Ventriloquism”

Walter Hooper’s first known foray into Screwtape territory apparently took place during his 1965-1967 tenure as college chaplain at Wadham. He wrote a Screwtape letter and published it under the title “Hell and Immortality” in an undated periodical called Breakthrough. (A copy exists in the Wade Center.) It is approximately 2,000 words long and aimed at male college students. In Read More ›