Daily Lewis

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015

FACT OF THE DAY: The Second Edition of Studies in Words was released this month (July 6th) in 1967 with three new words/chapters. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY:...

Read More

Special Feature

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015

The following is part of a revised shorter series reflecting on the life of C.S. Lewis. This is accomplished by summarizing various events or happenings during his lifetime for the...

Read More

All About Jack

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joy Davidman, C.S. Lewis’s wife. It just so happens that Dr. Don King has two new books this year (one not yet released at the...

Read More

Not Quite Lewis

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014

Since publishing this post on 1/26/2014 I read a short academic paper at Taylor University that was an adaptation (and expansion) of the essay. My talk is now available on my...

Read More

Recent Posts

Quotes NOT By Lewis: A Preliminary Examination

Since publishing this post on 1/26/2014 I read a short academic paper at Taylor University that was an adaptation (and expansion) of the essay. My talk is now available on my podcast page All About Jack as “What Lewis NEVER Wrote.” – – – – – – Not long ago I was talking to Abraham Lincoln and he told me,...

WELCOME!

WELCOME!

The purpose of Essential C.S. Lewis is to provide useful information to all types of C.S. Lewis fans. So, whether you are new to the works and writings of C.S. Lewis, or have been reading him for years, you should be able to find something new and/or interesting. Something just begun in 2013 are two new features. Below you will notice Jack in Retrospect and...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/3

FACT OF THE DAY: The Second Edition of Studies in Words was released this month (July 6th) in 1967 with three new words/chapters. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The poet’s route to our emotions lies through our imaginations.” Studies in Words, 2nd Edition (Published in 7/6/1967) – – – QUIZ OF THE DAY: What one-legged...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/2

FACT OF THE DAY: The Expedition to Holly Bush Hill was published in the July 1913 issue of Cherbourg School Magazine; a difference Lewis essay from 1912. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.” The Four Loves (U.S. edition first published 7/27/1960) – – – QUIZ OF THE DAY:...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/1

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis wrote a letter to the editor on this day (7/1) in 1949 to Church Times. It’s in God in the Dock as “The Church’s Liturgy.” – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When natural things look most divine, the demoniac is just round the corner.” The Four Loves (U.S. edition first published 7/27/1960)...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/30

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s book review of “The Allegory of the ‘Faerie Queen'” was published in the 6/11/60 issue of The Cambridge Review. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We should mind humiliation less if [we] were humbler.” Letters to An American Lady (Published in the UK June, 1969) – – – QUIZ OF...

A Naked Tree/Yet One More Spring (Dr. Don King)

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joy Davidman, C.S. Lewis’s wife. It just so happens that Dr. Don King has two new books this year (one not yet released at the time of this posting) related to her. A Naked Tree (the one currently available) is actually edited by Don and is a collection of nearly all her poems. The majority of them had never...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/29

FACT OF THE DAY: The ninth letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian at the end of June (the 27th) in 1941. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden.” The Screwtape Letters IX (Published...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/28

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of St. Andrews on this day (6/28) in 1946. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Think of yourself just as a seed patiently wintering in the earth; waiting to come up a flower in the Gardener’s good time, up into the real world, the real waking.” Letter to Mary...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/27

FACT OF THE DAY: The first paperback edition of The Magician’s Nephew came out today (6/27) in 1963 (first published 5/2/55). – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first. “ First and Second Things (Published in Time and Tide on...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/26

FACT OF THE DAY: First and Second Things was first published June 27, 1942 under the “Notes on the Way” column in Time and Tide. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think we may except [accept] it as a rule that whenever a person’s religious conversation dwells chiefly, or even frequently, on the faults of other people’s...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/25

FACT OF THE DAY: On Stories: and Other Essays on Literature was initially published on June 24th in 1982. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We act from duty in the hope that someday we shall do the same acts freely and delightfully.” The Novels of Charles Williams (Published in On Stories on 6/24/1982) – – – QUIZ OF THE...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/24

FACT OF THE DAY: The first paperback edition of The Silver Chair came out today (6/24) in 1965 (first published 9/7/53).  – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The simple physical pains and (still more) the pleasures can’t be expressed in language. I labour the point lest the devil should hereafter try to make you believe that what was wordless was...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 6/23

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s poem “Vitrea Circe” was published in Punch, today (6/23) in 1948) and was revised and reprinted in Poems. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: (Screwtape Admits:) “Prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him (God) best.” The Screwtape Letters VIII (Published in The Guardian on...