The Lewis Legacy Issue 83

Source of Lewis’s Narnia?

When Lewis wrote the Chronicles, he thought he had invented the name Narnia; later he realized it was a real place in Italy. In Companion to Narnia Paul Ford lists ancient references to Narnia: “Pliny the Younger’s letter to his mother-in-law, in which he mentions the excellence of the accommodations of her villa at Narnia, especially its beautiful baths. Of Read More ›

The Carnegie Medal

by Perry Bramlett Many people know that C. S. Lewis’s The Last Battle won the Carnegie Medal in 1956. The Carnegie Medal has been awarded annually since 1936 for “an outstanding book for children written in English and published initially in the United Kingdom.” Note: this was changed in 1969 to any book written in English and published first or Read More ›

What Did C. S. Lewis Say about Botticelli? And Who Said So?

This is the sidebar that supplements “Spring in Purgatory: Dante, Botticelli, C. S. Lewis, and a Lost Masterpiece” The Allegory of Love: a Study in Medieval Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1936), p. 83. “No religion, so long as it is believed, can have that kind of beauty [the beauty of pagan gods, ‘pure aesthetic contemplation of their eternity, their remoteness, Read More ›

Technology’s “Deep Magic”

Deep magic n. [poss. from C. S. Lewis’s “Narnia” books] An awesomely arcane technique central to a program or system, esp. one neither generally published nor available to hackers at large (compare black art); one that could only have been composed by a true wizard. Compiler optimization techniques and many aspects of OS design used to be deep magic; many Read More ›

An Open Letter to Patricia Batstone

5 Foxglove Close. Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon EX14 4QE. 1987 doctoral thesis at Exeter College: “Shadow into Substance: Education and Identity in the Fantasy of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien” IN DEBT TO C. S. LEWIS: a collection of 200 accounts of how C. S. Lewis has influenced readers (1999). Saturday, February 5, 2000 Dear Patricia Batstone, A Read More ›

Ministering Angels

C. S. Lewis’s name is on the cover of David G. Hartwell’s giant anthologyThe Science Fiction Century (1997, Tor Books, 1005 pp.) and “Ministering Angels” is included with the following introduction. C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) is important both as a writer and critic of science fiction. He is indeed one of the sophisticated literary men of the century, whose scholarship Read More ›

Narnia Performance

The Brookstone theatre company debuted ten years ago in Toronto. Brookstone is associated with Lamb’s Players of San Diego and connected with Toronto’s Walmer Road Church. It has launched seven original works like “Tent Meeting,” six Toronto premiers, and original versions of works like “Miracle Worker” and “Godspell.” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” was performed from 10 December Read More ›

Hooper’s Family Heritage: North Carolina History

The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill houses a treasure trove of C. S. Lewis material purchased from alumnus Walter Hooper in 1980. (Hooper included a bootleg copy of the Lewis Family Papers.) After Lindskoog used the Hooper collection in Light in the Shadowlands, Hooper got the library to close down access to most of the collection. It is Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 83, Winter 2000 News and Views

London’s Curtis Brown Literary Agency no longer represents C S Lewis Pte Ltd. Instead, an agency called the C S Lewis Company Ltd has been set up with two people to handle these lucrative matters. It has reportedly had two addresses so far: one in Lymingtin and one in Bristol. Rachel Churchill has been dealing with requests there. In his Read More ›

The Wisdom of Puddleglum: From George MacDonald?

George MacDonald “The Temptation in the Wilderness,” Unspoken Sermons, First Series “And when he can no longer feel the truth, he shall not therefore die. He lives because God is true; and he is able to know that he lives because he knows, having once understood the word that God is truth. He believes in the God of former vision, Read More ›