The Lewis Legacy

Alternative Lists

by Perry Bramlett In 1962 The Christian Century asked C. S. Lewis “What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?” His answer was this famous list: Phantastes by George MacDonald The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton The Aeneid by Virgil The Temple by George Herbert The Prelude by William Wordsworth The Idea of Read More ›

All or Nothing

By 2000 it was reasonable to assume that no further Lewis essays were going to surface. But Perry Bramlett has now discovered a brief essay that apparently no other Lewis experts have heard of. In 1944 this five-paragraph evangelistic piece was published in a 128-page collection of Christian essays. Lewis’s “All or Nothing” is one of thirty-two essays there, half Read More ›

Two of Three Lewis Poems in New Book are Altered

Of all Lewis’s poems there were to choose from for the collection MagdalenPoets, published in 2000 by Magdalen College, Oxford, one of the three that editor Robert MacFarlane selected by Lewis is “After Prayers, Lie Cold.” “Arise My Body” appeared in 1944 in Fear No More. In 1964 Walter Hooper published it as “After Prayers, Lie Cold,” with changes in Read More ›

How Meilaender Counts

by Perry Bramlett Things That Count: Essays Moral and Theological by Gilbert Meilaender (ISI Books, 394 pp, hc, $24.95) This book contains one chapter titled “C. S. Lewis and a Theology of the Everyday”, and two chapters which are reviews of books written about Lewis: “Psychoanalyzing C. S. Lewis” (the Wilson biography), and “C. S. Lewis Reconsidered” (J. Beversluis’ C. Read More ›

A New Discovery: C. S. Lewis Praises Adam

In addition to discovering an unknown C. S. Lewis essay in 2000, Perry Bramlett has also discovered an unknown Lewis commendation of a book published in 1961. (Neither the essay nor the book blurb is in Walter Hooper’s Lewis bibliography. ) That book is Adam by David Bolt (The John Day Company). I think it is splendid. This book does Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 86, Autumn 2000 From the Mailbag

I always enjoy reading your Lewis newsletter. It is interesting that so many want to “claim” Lewis. The information about the Japanese fascination with CSL was especially intriguing — perhaps in part because of the Japanese edge to our life (i.e., Seiji Ozawa, our daughter Elizabeth’s boss). Joan Ostling, Ridgewood, NJ Master as Mugger: This fits what I was told Read More ›

Douglas Gresham Video

by Perry Bramlett, Louisville, KY The new Douglas Gresham video is out, cost $19.95, Vision Video (Gateway Films, web site www.gatewayfilms.com), Box 540, Worcester, PA 9490, 1-800-523-0226… Running time is about 45 minutes, filmed at DG’s home in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Rathvinden House… Front of video cover: The Christian Catalyst Collection from the 20th century, picture of DG on front, Read More ›

Personal Reflections

by Larry Repass, Mexico City The Spring and Summer 2000 issues of the Lewis Legacy have been given to me this week and I have devoured them (as usual). I especially enjoyed Larry Gilman’s article and follow-up comparing many passages from The Dark Tower with others from known works by CSL. His enthusiasm for Lewis and his honest approach, his Read More ›

A Book of Gifts: Book Review of The Quilted Grapevine

by Judith Miller The Quilted Grapevineby Nancy Lou Patterson, a reader of The Lewis LegacyThe Brucedale Press, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada. $14.95 Reviewer Judith Miller, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of English at Renison College, University of Waterloo. She teaches Canadian Literature and Creative Writing as well as courses on the genres of literature. She publishes poetry, reviews and critical Read More ›

Book Review of Assault on Mars

Assault on Mars, by Michael D. Cooper (a pseudonym for Jonathan Cooper, Mike Dodd, and David Baumann) Privately printed, Spring 2000. Hardcover. This book is a great example of how modern technology enables creative people to design, publish, and share their books today on their own. Lewis Legacy reader David Baumann is an Episcopal priest in Placentia, California; he is Read More ›