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Posted by on Mar 27, 2015

FACT OF THE DAY: “Unreal Estates,” a transcript of an interview with Lewis and others was published in the March, 1965 edition of Encounter. - – - QUOTE OF THE...

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Special Feature

Posted by on Mar 1, 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...

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All About Jack

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015

“Screwtape Proposes a Toast” is an essay that is indirectly a follow-up to the successful book The Screwtape Letters. Brenton Dickieson joins William O’Flaherty...

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Resource Spotlight

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015

Last year I did a post (see below) about the Wade Center. I thought it was a great time to remind everyone about this excellent resource because it was fifty years ago that it...

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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...

Jack in Retrospect

Jack in Retrospect

This is a weekly feature, just begun in 2013, highlights many of the events and accomplishments in the life of C.S. Lewis, along with books of his works published after his death. Anyone fairly familiar with C.S. Lewis knows he wrote a lot of books, but did you know he also had many shorter works (essays, sermons and addresses) published in his life? Likewise,...

All About Jack

All About Jack

To many Douglas Gresham needs no introduction. For those who are not aware, he is one of C.S. Lewis’s stepsons and the point-person for all things from the Lewis Estate. I caught up with him on 9/24/13, the morning after he spoke at Asbury University. Previously he wrote two books related to Lewis, Lenten Lands and Jack’s Life. I spoke with him...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/27

FACT OF THE DAY: “Unreal Estates,” a transcript of an interview with Lewis and others was published in the March, 1965 edition of Encounter. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” The Last Battle  (Published on 3/19/1956) - – - QUIZ OF THE DAY: In...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/26

FACT OF THE DAY: “Dogma and Science” was published today (3/26) in 1943 in The Guardian; it’s now part of “Dogma and the Universe” in God in the Dock. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/25

FACT OF THE DAY: Today (3/25) in 1987 the US edition of Present Concerns, a collection of eighteen essays, became available. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Symbolism exists precisely for the purpose of conveying to the imagination what the intellect is not ready for.” Letter to Sister Penelope CSMV on 3/25/1943 (Published in The Collected Letters of...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/24

FACT OF THE DAY: “Must of Image of God Go?” is an essay published by Lewis in The Observer today (3/24) in 1963 and is available in God in the Dock. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Any entity describable without gross abuse of language as God must be ultimate reality, and if ultimate reality is personal, then God is personal.” Must of...

Essay Chat 19 – Screwtape Proposes a Toast (Brenton Dickieson)

“Screwtape Proposes a Toast” is an essay that is indirectly a follow-up to the successful book The Screwtape Letters. Brenton Dickieson joins William O’Flaherty for an essay chat on this insightful piece that Wormwood never got to hear. It was first published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1959 (see below for a link to read it online) before...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/23

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s first collection of shorter works, Rehabilitations and Other Essays was published today (3/23) in 1939. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Very often the only way to get a quality in reality is to start behaving as if you had it already.” Let’s Pretend (Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/21/44) - – - QUIZ OF THE...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/22

FACT OF THE DAY: Three Kinds of Men is a short essay by Lewis that was published in The Sunday Times on 3/21/1943. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The price of Christ is something, in a way, much easier than moral effort – it is to want Him. “ Three Kinds of Men (Published in The Sunday Times 3/21/43) - – - QUIZ OF THE DAY: Lewis wrote...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/21

FACT OF THE DAY: Let’s Pretend is the fifth talk of the final BBC series given today (3/21) in 1944. Also Lewis recorded two final talks on this date. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/20

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s first ever book, Spirits in Bondage was published today (3/20) in 1919. It was a book of poems and he was only 20 years old. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “An influence which cannot evade our consciousness will not go very deep.” The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version (Speech first given on 3/20/1950 at the...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 3/19

FACT OF THE DAY: The Last Battle was first published today (3/19) in 1956. This final Narnia story won the Carnegie Medal in Literature. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “‘Beloved,’ said the Glorious One, ‘unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.'” The Last...