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The Magician’s Nephew: A Little-Known Play

In 1984 the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL, published a new one-hour play for children by Aurand Harris. Harris was at that time the most published and produced playwright for children, with 35 plays and 16 awards to his credit. His plays are for child audiences, not child actors. This one premiered at the University of Texas in Austin, Read More ›

Lewis’s Geneology

by James O’Fee The Norman knight William de Warenne was one of the most powerful of William the Conqueror’s barons. (His bones lie in Battle Abbey.) De Warrenne was given lands in Sussex. He built Lewes (sic) Castle and is buried (I think) in Lewes Priory. (I lived in Lewes for a while, the county town of East Sussex.) William Read More ›

Dark Tower Manuscript

The Dark Tower manuscript is written on two kinds of paper. Pages 1-18 are on paper with vertical watermarks and 34 ruled lines. Pages 19-64 have horizontal watermarks and 35 ruled lines. Pages 19-64 are slightly narrower than pp. 1-18 and look newer. Perhaps a forger could not get enough sheets of the first kind of paper to complete the Read More ›

C. S. Lewis’s Codicil

Five weeks after Lewis signed his will, he added the following afterthought. THIS IS THE FIRST CODICIL made the tenth day of December One thousand nine hundred and sixty-one to the will of me CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS of the Kilns Headington Quarry in the County of Oxford Professor of the University of Cambridge made the Second day of November One Read More ›

Unscrupulous Americans: Who Grabbed Screwtape?

Douglas Gresham has revealed, “Because of a publisher’s error, The Screwtape Letters was at one time in the public domain in the USA. This allowed certain unscrupulous and untalented Americans to simply grab it and do whatever they wanted with it. I have not seen any Americanised version but I don’t doubt that someone did such a thing.” This raises an interesting question. Read More ›

Vatican Press Release

Provided by Dan Pater, papal Nuncio to Turkey VATICAN CITY, APR 14. Next Sunday, John Paul II will canonize “a saint for our times.” This is how the religious of the Congregation of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence describe Giovanni Calabria, their founder. Calabria was born in Verona, Italy in 1873. No sooner ordained a priest, he dedicated himself Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 81, Summer 1999 From the Mailbag

On a trip with Clyde Kilby once, we went through Little Lea, and I made slides of the attic where the mountains can be seen across the fields. Met Bessie Lewis on that trip, and of course Wolfie and Ruth Parker [a cousin of the Lewis brothers]. His real name was Desmond Parker, as I recall. We met Maureen Blake Read More ›

In the Footsteps of WICCA

An ancient religion derived from a twentieth-century club for boys and girls? According to an article by Andy Steiner in the November/December 1998 issue of Utne Reader, “For many years, Wiccans [witches] have turned to scholars like anthropologist-historian Margaret Murray for proof that their religion’s roots are planted deeply in history.” Steiner draws on an article by John Michael Greer Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Wilcominski

A Jewish holocaust victim’s memoir by a non-Jewish non-victim?In 1995 Binjamin Wilcominski published Fragments, telling the vivid, heartrending story of his early childhood spent in Nazi concentration camps during World War Two. He was born a Jew in Latvia in 1938. After surviving years in prison camps, he arrived in Switzerland in 1948 and grew up as a German-speaking Swiss. Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Monty

A horse-training memoir that is mostly horsefeathers? The Horse Whisperer (Dell, 1995), an enormously popular novel by British author Nicholas Evans, hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. In 1996 Robert Redford made the movie. American horse trainer Monty Roberts’ The Man Who Listens to Horses (Random House, 1996) presented him as “a real life horse whisperer.” Read More ›