The Lewis Legacy

Screwed Again

A satirical but factually true book review published in The Wittenburg Door, April-May 1976. AS I WAS HAVING DINNER with Dick Ostling, religion editor of Time magazine, recently, he asked me what I thought about the ads for Walter Martin’s new book Screwtape Writes Again. “When I was having tea with Owen Barfield (C.S. Lewis’s solicitor) in London recently, I Read More ›

Kilns “Restoration Project” Places Five-Foot Cross in Red Tile Roof

As the Kilns myth grows, naively sentimental writers sometimes refer to C.S. Lewis’s no-nonsense red brick house as a “fairy-tale cottage” set in a “magic wood.” The film “Shadowlands” romanticizes it as elegantly picturesque (and brickless). In reality, since Maureen Dunbar sold the front yard of the Kilns to a housing developer, Kilns charm exists only in the minds of Read More ›

Remembering John Wain Oxford Professor of Poetry, Pupil of C. S. Lewis

The Sunday Telegraph, 15 January 1989 John Wain was born March 1925 and died 24 May 1994. Fellow-poet Peter Levi wrote, “Who will speak of his sweetness, untidiness, scholarship, or deep, deep generosity? Of the clarity and perfect phrasing of his letters, of his genius for friendship?” Wain described the relationship between Hooper and Lewis as like ivy growing over Read More ›

Personal View: John Wain — Sunday Times, 11 September 1988

…I remember the first time an American university lecturer remarked to me innocently, “I teach Auden.” My impulse was to reply, “Yes? And what d’you teach him?” That was 30 years ago. I would not have that impulse today, when we are all taught and “done” and bundled up and handed out as part of a package of Education. Does Read More ›

Forged Documents Review

Edited by Pat Bozeman Cloth, 180 pages, 3 b&w illustrations.OAK KNOLL BOOKS, ISBN 0-938768-22-0 * Price $25.00 In the past few years the world of rare books and manuscripts has been severely shaken by a number of highly publicized cases of forgery. The media has been most attracted to the Mormon document forgeries of Mark Hofmann which ended in bombings Read More ›

Light in the Shadowlands Replaces C. S. Lewis Hoax

In October 1994 Questar Publishers of Sisters, Oregon, is releasing a new book, Light in the Shadowlands: Protecting the Real C.S. Lewis. It incorporates The C.S. Lewis Hoax but is more than twice as long — with new features, vastly more information, and several surprises. It is softbound, to hold cost down to $10.99, and illustrated again by Patrick Wynne. Read More ›