The Lewis Legacy Issue 83

C. S. Lewis as Godfather: Laurence Harwood Speaks

Laurence Harwood, OBE, is the son of Cecil Harwood. a friend of Lewis and co-trustee of his estate. Lewis disapproved of Cecil’s Anthropomorphism, but that did not diminish their friendship. When Laurence was a pupil of Lewis’s, Lewis joshed Cecil about his faith in Anthropologist Rudolph Steiner’s dramatic theory of evolution: “It gives me a queer feeling when I suddenly Read More ›

Maybe “Modern Man…” Is More Modern Than Many Have Mused

by Jason Pratt of Dyer, TN( I’ve been a student of C. S. Lewis’ theological writings for over ten years, and for much of this time I’ve been reading Lewis’s works aloud on tape for a hobby. (This helps me to use Lewis’s tools in propounding my own sound philosophical base for theism in general and Christianity in particular.) This Read More ›

Idealized Lewis Portrait

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Cataloguing the Past: Mist That History Missed?

Ian Blakemoore is a bookdealer in Wigton, Cambria, who sells Lewis related books. His catalog has a preface by Aidan Mackey, a G. K. Chesterton specialist. Two items in the catalog are of special interest to Lewis Legacy readers. First, there is a brief article by Lesley Walmsley, who says she became an editor at William Collins publishers in 1976 Read More ›

Yesterday in Oxford Today

Letter from John Espey (Merton 1935) in Michaelmas 1999 issue of Oxford Today “Reading the recent article on C.S. Lewis (OT 11.1), I was reminded of attending the lectures that became The Allegory of Love. From a callow young American’s point of view, Lewis was one of the few adequate lecturers in the English Language and Literature Faculty of those Read More ›

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 ›