The Lewis Legacy Issue 81

The Mourne Mountains

by James O’Fee The Mourne Mountains lie in the southern part of County Down, Northern Ireland. The Carlingford Mountains are an outlier of the Mournes, separated by the narrow fjord-like sea inlet, Carlingford Lough. The Carlingford mountains lie in modern County Louth, in the Republic of Ireland. Once, however, the area was the homeland of the Ulster hero Cuchullain and Read More ›

CSL in the OED: Check the Dictionary

David Clarke, a Scottish accountant, has published an unusual article about C. S. Lewis in the January-February 1999 issue of CSL: Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society titled “CSL in the OED.” There he assembles and analyzes the use of quotations by C. S. Lewis in the mammoth Oxford English Dictionary. Clarke begins by stating that there Read More ›

Walter Hooper’s Papers

Why did Walter Hooper’s friends at the Manuscripts Department of the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina abruptly withdraw his collection of C. S. Lewis-related correspondence from public access shortly after some of its incriminating and embarrassing content was revealed in 1995 in Light in the Shadowlands? A curious non-answer to that question is provided by Hooper in Read More ›

Owen Barfield’s Children

C. S. Lewis dedicated The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to Geoffrey Corbett,adopted son of Owen Barfield. When Corbett turned 21 he legally changed his name to Barfield, and in the new Collins edition of the book his name is given as Geoffrey Barfield. The only catch is that his name was never Geoffrey; it is Jeffrey. C. S. Lewis Read More ›

New Editions

Nelson is now offering four giftbook collections of C. S. Lewis quotations on special themes: Grief, Faith, Love, and Joy. Each $9.99 72-page hardcover has full-color illustrations and photos, The Southern Baptist publisher Broadman & Holman now distributes 11 attractive Lewis trade paperbacks and anthologies to Christian bookstores: The Abolition of Man, 112 pp., $6. The Case for Christianity, 64 Read More ›

Bramlett’s Lewis Seminars: Seven Deflating Responses

1) In Virginia, at the end of a retreat, I was summing up with a little talk I give on “What CSL teaches us today.” In the middle of this serious summation, an old man interrupted with, “Did C S Lewis consummate his marriage?”! 2) Also in Virginia, a lady called up my friend Fred Lane and asked, “Is C Read More ›

Rewriting History

According to Elaine Murray Stone’s article “Revisiting The Kilns” in The Living Church (15 November 1998), she heard Doug Gresham lecture at Oxbridge ’98. “After his mother, Joy, died of cancer, Douglas, then only 10, was raised by Lewis until his death in 1963.” (But when she died he was 14.) “Today Douglas is 50 years old, gray, balding, medium Read More ›

Hooper’s Telltale Letter

On 1 August 1963, while C. S. Lewis was hospitalized, Walter Hooper sent Roger Lancelyn Green a brief letter reporting on Lewis’s condition. That fateful letter was placed in the Bodleian Library by Green, and a researcher there recently discovered that it contains two crucially important sentences: Major Lewis is expected home in a fortnight. Until then I have been Read More ›