The Lewis Legacy Issue 78

A New 1998 Screwtape Letter

Discovered and Copyrighted by Berni Phillips (An entry in the Screwtape Letter Contest at Mythcon XXIX) My dear Gallstone, I cannot emphasize to you enough how valuable a resource the Internet is to us today. Consider, for starters, the initial purchase. Your man must be convinced that only the fastest and most up-to-date (and therefore expensive) machine is suitable for Read More ›

C. S. Lewis and Dante’s Paradise

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 received in the inferno of World War One. When he was twenty-three he mentioned in his diary that he disbelieved in immortality and that Dante’s “facts” were outdated. (At that time Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 78, Autumn 1998 News and Views

According to the 20 September Observer, “Lewis hits the stage in November with a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Stratford of a dramatisation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by poet Adrian Mitchell.” Also, “Lewis’s seven Chronicles of Narnia have sold more than 1 million copies in Britain since his death in 1963, and have been translated into Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 78, Autumn 1998 Stop and Shop

Dante’s Divine Comedy: Paradise by Kathryn Lindskoog (Mercer University Press, September 1998 release). The third of three volumes, this one includes important original discoveries about Dante’s meaning and also includes much Lewis material in the footnotes from beginning to end. The 1999 World of Narnia Calendar (HarperCollins, ISBN 0-694-01094-4, $9.95/ Canada $13.95). “Glorious, richly detailed artwork by Deborah Maze brings Read More ›

John West’s Web Pages

Because John West is in charge of Discovery Institute’s Web Page at, he has been able to add two C. S. Lewis sites. Discovery’s C. S. Lewis Web Page is at and The Lewis Legacy Online is at

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 78, Autumn 1998 Notes and Quotes

“He has not the talent of saying what he has to say quickly; nor is he aware that brevity is in writing what charity is to all other virtues. Righteousness is worth nothing without the one, nor authorship without the other.” Sydney Smith (1771-1845) “Your letter finds me in the midst of exams and a complete reply is impossible now. Read More ›

C. S. Lewis and Contemporary Culture

by Douglas Gresham, 16 April 1998 “The purpose of this lecture series is to bring speakers to campus who are able to communicate the message of Christianity in the tradition of C. S. Lewis. “ Provocative or Questionable Quotes from Doug’s Lecture QUOTES ABOUT LEWIS About the age of four, a little dog that he was fond of in the Read More ›

Anachronistic Slang in The Dark Tower

by James Robinson of Belfast You have observed that the name of the character “Knellie” in The Dark Tower may have been a pun on a slang word for a homosexual. The Oxford English Dictionary provides a definition of nelly as “a weak-spirited or silly person; a homosexual.” The earliest citation is in the Sunday Times of 17 September 1961, Read More ›

A Voyage to Arcturus, C. S. Lewis, and The Dark Tower

by Casey R. Law, J. D. THOUGH MANY OF C. S. LEWIS’S Christian readers would find the gnostic David Lindsay an improbable influence upon Lewis, Lindsay was in fact important in inspiring Lewis to write two of his interplanetary novels, the famous Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. The heavy influence of Voyage is also (to this writers thinking) Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 78, Autumn 1998 From the Mailbag

I was shocked, to say the least, both at the scandal [set forth in Light in the Shadowlands] and the fact that nothing is being done about this by the publishers and media. Any number of evidences you adduce would, even if considered in isolation, be sufficient to make your case convincing; but when the evidence is considered as a Read More ›