The Lewis Legacy Issue 76

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 ›

The Power of a Pious Myth: Milking the Kilns Cash Cow

Doug Gresham’s 1997 fundraising letter began, “Four miles from the towering spires of Oxford lies a modest brick home. A single glance would lead one to believe that the resident family had decided to restore the 72-year-old house. They would be right about the restoration, but the family…, well, that is a bit more complex. “Within the walls of this 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 ›

Creative Imperialism and Copyright Law

The vagaries of copyright law can be not only surprising, but amazing. In July 1997 London’s Observer reported that according to some lawyers, the River Kwai in Thailand does not exist. This claim infuriates surviving World War Two prisoners of the Japanese. In 1942 and 1943 Allied prisoners were forced to build a 250-mile railway to Burma for their captors, 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 ›

C. S. Lewis Journal: Delight or Debacle?

The C. S. Lewis Journal is listed in publicity as edited by Susan Wavre for the English publisher Eagle. I don’t know why Eagle leaves my name off, because I’m the author Wavre edited. Using my book of 365 days, Around the Year with C. S. Lewis and His Friends (Gibson, 1986, out of print), Wavre pulled out bits at 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 ›

Charles Wrong on Oxford Academics in Lewis’s Day

It doesn’t altogether surprise me that A. L. Rowse said K. B. McFarlane detested Lewis. Apparently Magdalen College in their day was a real snake-pit of academic hates and intrigues. Probably that was, and is, true of a great many colleges, the typical academic personality being what it is. (And I’m one myself, and so was my father, and both Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Cusack

When Lawrence X. (Lex) Cusack went through the papers of his deceased father, a New York attorney, he discovered secret documents signed by John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, revealing details about their affair. Cusack reportedly sold some of the papers to collectors for $4 million. In 1994 Cusack turned other key papers over to respected Pultizer-prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Read More ›

The Power Of Imaginative Writing

by Barbara Parsons Linville [First published in Inklings, Volume 2, Issue 2] I closed the book and for a moment felt the shock of leaving the world I had lately inhabited to return to this one. A strange storm had tossed my thoughts-whirling, scouring, casting them about me. It was like finding all one’s familiar belongings scattered over the countryside Read More ›