The Lewis Legacy Issue 82

Scrabo the Ulsterman

C. S. Lewis wrote his excellent fragment “The Most Substantial People” in1927, 18 years before he wrote about MacPhee in That Hideous Strength. It is about the Easley family of Belfast. Warren Lewis willed the story to the Wade Center, but Walter Hooper and C S Lewis Pte have blocked its publication. On every side of me were thickset men Read More ›

C. S. Lewis: The Roads

I stand on the windy uplands among the hills of DownWith all the world spread out beneath,meadow and sea and town,And ploughlands on the far-off hillsthat glow with friendly brown. And ever across the rolling landto the far horizon line,Where the blue hills border the misty west,I see the white roads twine,The rare roads and the fair roadsthat call this Read More ›

MacPhee the Ulsterman

Lewis used the term Ulsterman only seven times in all his published writings, and five were in positive references to MacPhee, as if to emphasize that MacPhee was an Ulster Scot, not a real Scot. 1 “I am very’ glad to see you, Mrs. Studdock,” he said in what Jane took to be a Scotch accent, though it was really 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›