The Lewis Legacy Issue 82

The Kilns Today

In the summer of 1999 a handsome sign was posted in Thornton’s secondhand book shop on Broad Street, Oxford: ROOMS TO LET C.S. Lewis’ Former HomeThe Kilns, HeadingtonTelephone Oxford: 741865 or 767689E-Mail: kilnsemail@aol.comShare this six bedroom fully furnished home with five others.Monthly rent from 250-350Tenancy Period: 1 August, 1999 – 30 June, 2000 Behind the words was a faint background Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Rigoberta

According to the April 1999 issue of World Press Review, the Guatemalan Quice Indian who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 had fabricated the events in her 1983 book I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. Menchu’s coauthor, a Venezuelan anthropologist named Elisabeth Burgos, says she realized by 1990 that much of the story was fabricated. (For example, Read More ›

The Dating of Macphee

In answer to the announcement that there is post-1950 ink on the 1938 manuscript of The Dark Tower, HarperCollins and Douglas Gresham (official spokesman for C S Lewis Pte) suddenly announced in 1998 that C. S. Lewis did not write the story in 1938 after all; he wrote it circa 1958. (That would place it 14 years after That Hideous Read More ›

Typical E-mail Hoax about a Telephone Scam

The following hoax fools many people. “I received a telephone call today from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician who was conducting a test on our telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9), zero (0), the pound sign (#) and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused. Upon Read More ›

Kirkpatrick and MacPhee

by James O’Fee Lewis’s fiction is partly biographical. Lewis’s Ransom resembles another philologist, J. R. Tolkien, and the influence of Tolkien on Lewis is well-known. Not so well-known is the debt that Lewis owed to his private tutor, W. T. Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick was a freethinker and atheist, although he had once qualified as a Minister in the Irish Presbyterian Church. Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Amazon.com

I am fond of looking up novels on amazon.com and reading random reviews ,but I must say, that kind of anonymous forum is a real breeding ground for mini-hoaxes. Peter Brooks, one of my professors at Yale, recently wrote a novel. Out of curiosity I checked the reviews, and the headings of two of them contained the names of people Read More ›

Lewis and J. W. Dunne

In chapter 1 of The Dark Tower Orfieu tells MacPhee, “But that we see the future is perfectly certain. Dunne’s book proved that—” After MacPhee roared in response, Orfieu continued, “It’s all very well, MacPhee, but the only thing that enables you to jeer at Dunne is the fact that you have refused to carry out the experiments he suggests….” Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999 News and Views

There are now three plaques in Ireland commemorating Lewis. The first two are in Belfast at his birthplace, Dundela Villas, and at the house in which he grew up, Little Lea. The third was unveiled in May in the park Lewis enjoyed outside the Town Hall of Bangor, on a hill commanding a magnificent view of the mouth of Belfast Read More ›

Lewis’s “Irish Enthusiasm”

by James O’Fee Letter to Arthur Greeves, 31 August, 1918: “So you are inclining to the New Ireland school are you? I remember you used rather to laugh at my Irish enthusiasm in the old days when you were still an orthodox Ulsterman.” Lewis was influenced around 1918 by the “New Ireland school”, a circle around Lady Gregory (founder of Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999 Stop and Shop

C. S. Lewis sent a postcard to Jill Flewett Freud (Mrs Clement Freud) on28 February 1952 thanking her for her “kind tribute, less solemn and bumbling than Professor Wheeler’s. I did catch the 6.45 but without much time to spare. Best love to all…” Signed J. Offered in Catalogue Forty Eight of dealer Sophie Dupre for 750. At that rate, Read More ›