The Lewis Legacy Issue 76

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 Kind of Business that Is Nobody’s Business

Douglas Gresham became Honorary Vice Chairman of the Kilns Restoration Committee of Endorsement in 1989. Steve Schofield soon asked Doug whether — as co-heir to Lewis’s literary estate — he was donating any of his windfall to the cause. Steve published Doug’s answer in the spring 1990 issue of the Canadian C. S. Lewis Journal. “As to whether or not Read More ›

Coming Soon: The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia

Zondervan’s landmark Lewis reference volume is scheduled for release on 1 June 1998. The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia offers a wealth of information and insights from about 40 contributors. (For an annotated list of contributors who subscribe to The Lewis Legacy, see p. 13.) Among other features, this book includes a unique 4-column timeline of events in Lewis’s life, Read More ›

C. S. Lewis Notecards

On 8 August 1933 the Lewis brothers visited St. Mark’s, their family church in Belfast, to see the triple window they had commissioned for their parents there. It depicts Saints Luke, James, and Mark. To commemorate the 1899 baptism of C. S. Lewis by his grandfather, Thomas Hamilton, St, Mark’s is now offering beautiful notecards showing the colorful Lewis window. Read More ›

The C. S. Lewis Business: An Investor’s Dream

According to new research, the Dutch holding company that owns the Lewis literary estate (C. S. Lewis Pte Ltd) is named UITGEVERSMAATSCHAPPIJ EKSTER B.V. (The company’s president is Rudolph Sieber of Holland.) The director of C. S. Lewis Pte Ltd is Melvin Adams of Greystones, Ireland; and according to the Singapore Department of Statistics its official address is 2 Handy Read More ›

How C. S. Lewis Defends The Dark Tower

In 1997 a concerned inquirer wrote innocently to a Lewis estate employee, “I’m sure you are aware of the petition being circulated by the Discovery Institute at http.//www.discovery.org/lewis/petition.htm” In the exchange that followed, she received the following claims: “I have never heard of such a petition nor indeed of the URL that you quote.” “Ahh, perhaps you refer to the Read More ›

Kilnswatch: Early History of the Kilns Property

According to an Ordnance Survey Map of 1880, the Kilns property included a large clay pit from which clay was dug for processing in the two brick kilns that stood nearby, flanked by a very small house for the brickworker. There would also have been a roofed, open-sided shed for drying the bricks before firing them. The two cone-shaped brick Read More ›