The Lewis Legacy Issue 78

C. S. Lewis’s Last Will and Testament

E-mail text provided by Mike W. Perry, Seattle, Washington This text faithfully reproduces C. S. Lewis’s last will exactly as typed including all capitalization and punctuation. (Paragraphs did not end in periods.) A Codicil was apparently attached to the will but was not available at the time this text was reproduced. The amounts in pounds, shillings and pence at the Read More ›

In the High Court of Justice

The Principal Probate Registry BE IT KNOWN that CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS of The Kilns Headington Quarry Oxford died there on the 22nd day of November 1963 domiciled in England AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament with a Codicil thereto (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) of the said deceased was Read More ›

More about the Will

from James O’Fee David Gaston, Solicitor, who originally found the copy of C. S. Lewis’s Will in Belfast writes: I am surprised at the interest which has been generated in the copy of the Will which I unearthed. As a document of public record I had assumed it was already in the public domain. I am not sure if I Read More ›

Walter Hooper’s Famous Chapel Hill Collection

Manuscripts Department Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTION#4236 WALTER MCGEHEE HOOPER PAPERSInventory Abstract: Correspondence of Walter McGehee Hooper (1931- ) and colleagues, friends, acquaintances, and admirers of C. S. Lewis. Included are a few letters from Lewis and his brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis, to Hooper. Some of the correspondence contains anecdotal material about Read More ›

What is the Truth?

“As per the request of Walter Hooper,” files in Box 2 are closed until 2012 or notification of the death of the writers. But the contents of Box 1 are allegedly open to researchers. Is this really true? Some of the letters in Box 1 disprove some of Hooper’s most important claims, such as his purported secretaryship. When one researcher Read More ›

The Secret History of C. S. Lewis’s “Interesting Relics”

Near the end of the Hooper Papers Inventory (see “Other Material” in the previous column) one reads of “a few pages of notes about the contents of Lewis’s home in Oxford.” But this is a very erroneous description. These are five small pages of Lewis’s meticulous handwritten instructions (with a sketch) telling Walter Hooper exactly how to clear out Lewis’s Read More ›

“Very Controversial Walter Hooper” “Firmly But Charitably Put in His Place”

First Things is a journal of conservative political opinion and commentary edited (and largely written) by Richard John Neuhouse, a Roman Catholic. The current issue (October 1998) contains Michael Aeschliman’s fine essay “C. S. Lewis on Mere Science” and the following unsigned review of The C. S. Lewis Reader’s Encyclopedia in the “Briefly Noted” section (pp. 77-78): “A hundred years Read More ›

Thanksgiving: A Scientist’s Psalm

by Walter Hearn (First published in HIS Magazine in March, 1964) Praise the Lord, created thing!Let all space with praises ring!Space itself, Hosannas sing,Unto God, Jehovah, King! I Subatomic Particles Particles in smallest cracks,Known but by emulsion tracks;Let all mesons praise Messiah!Songs of praise mount ever higher! Alpha, beta, gamma rays:Join the chorus of His praise!Be you ultimate or not,All Read More ›

Lewis in Two New Shows

Attendees at Oxbridge learned of a new Broadway-style musical review about C. S. Lewis set to premiere this fall in Great Britain. “Jack: A Musical Portrait of C.S. Lewis in Music and Words” is slated to tour several cities in the United Kingdom in November, with music supplied by a young Irish composer named Keith Getty and lyrics written by Read More ›

25 Most Influential Religious Leaders

On 6 September 1998 the PBS program “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly” named and identified the world’s 25 religious leaders of the 20th Century who have been most influential in the United States. The list included Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Buber, the Dalai Lama, Dorothy Day, Mary Baker Eddy, Mohandas Gandhi, Billy Graham, Gustavo Guitierrez, Carl Henry, Abraham Heschel, Pope Read More ›