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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999 From the Mailbag

When I first read Screwtape Letters, I was studying sociology in graduate school. But something was missing. I knew something was missing, but I didn’t know what it was. Then I read Screwtape, and bingo, here was more understanding of what it means to be human in one slim volume than in all the great sociological tomes I had been Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Rigoberta

According to the April 1999 issue of World Press Review, the Guatemalan Quice Indian who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 had fabricated the events in her 1983 book I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. Menchu’s coauthor, a Venezuelan anthropologist named Elisabeth Burgos, says she realized by 1990 that much of the story was fabricated. (For example, Read More ›

Typical E-mail Hoax about a Telephone Scam

The following hoax fools many people. “I received a telephone call today from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician who was conducting a test on our telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9), zero (0), the pound sign (#) and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused. Upon Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Amazon.com

I am fond of looking up novels on amazon.com and reading random reviews ,but I must say, that kind of anonymous forum is a real breeding ground for mini-hoaxes. Peter Brooks, one of my professors at Yale, recently wrote a novel. Out of curiosity I checked the reviews, and the headings of two of them contained the names of people Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999 News and Views

There are now three plaques in Ireland commemorating Lewis. The first two are in Belfast at his birthplace, Dundela Villas, and at the house in which he grew up, Little Lea. The third was unveiled in May in the park Lewis enjoyed outside the Town Hall of Bangor, on a hill commanding a magnificent view of the mouth of Belfast Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999 Stop and Shop

C. S. Lewis sent a postcard to Jill Flewett Freud (Mrs Clement Freud) on28 February 1952 thanking her for her “kind tribute, less solemn and bumbling than Professor Wheeler’s. I did catch the 6.45 but without much time to spare. Best love to all…” Signed J. Offered in Catalogue Forty Eight of dealer Sophie Dupre for 750. At that rate, Read More ›

Books by Legacy Readers

Eerdmans has re-released (in paperback) Corbin Scott Carnell’s Bright Shadow of Reality: C. S. Lewis and the Feeling Intellect and re-titled it Bright Shadow of Reality: Spiritual Longing in C. S. Lewis. This was the first and best treatment of Lewis and sensucht. Phillip Yancey’s latest book is The Bible Jesus Read (Zondervan, 1999). As part of his personal journey Read More ›

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 Read More ›

C. S. Lewis and Dante’s Paradise

The strong influence of Dante’s Paradise in the life and writing of C. S. Lewis has gone almost unnoticed until now. I. Dante’s Paradise in the Life of C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis read Dante’s Inferno in Italian when he was in his teens, and he read Dante’s Purgatory in the hospital when he was recovering from wounds he Read More ›

Controlling the Lewis Legacy

by Mike Perry In the US, copyright isn’t based on an extension of property ownership. It’s based on a public interest in seeing that the creators of new works are sufficiently rewarded to encourage them in their work. Seventy-five years takes in virtually anyone’s adult life, and life + 50 years would take in the life of the spouse even Read More ›