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Posted by on Oct 21, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: On Oct. 21, 1948 Arthurian Torso was published. It contains commentary by Lewis on Charles Williams’s Arthurian poems. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017

updated 10/14/17 The following is the easiest way to locate the six part podcast series Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions. This series is a companion to my Confirming Quotations and Correcting Misconceptions blog posts. Just click on the picture of the episode you want to hear and it will take you to the podcast […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017

Even those who enjoy the wide variety of books by C.S. Lewis are sometimes confused when they get to his last published novel, Till We Have Faces. What was he trying to do with the retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche? How could he completely turn from writing material for Christians to release such […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. As I near the publication of an untitled book on the subject, it is difficult to say how often I will post additional material (even though over 20 more quotes have been identified). That […]

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Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions (Podcast Recap)

updated 10/14/17

The following is the easiest way to locate the six part podcast series Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions. This series is a companion to my Confirming Quotations and Correcting Misconceptions blog posts.

Just click on the picture of the episode you want to hear and it will take you to the podcast site to listen to it.

 

Episode 1 – General introduction to the series that provides an overview to all of the material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 2 – Explores quotations falsely attributed to Lewis
(first of two-part)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

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 Quote of the Day. The first is a weekly column examining what was going on related to Lewis over the years that week. The quotes shared are from something he wrote (or was published) around the same time or month.  The four remaining elements: C.S. Lewis MinuteAll About Jack PodcastLewis Daily Quiz and Fact of the Day are the same as before (click on the links for details if you need it). Something else new is the ability to keep up with this site via Facebook. Please visit and like!

CSL Daily 10/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On Oct. 21, 1948 Arthurian Torso was published. It contains commentary by Lewis on Charles Williams’s Arthurian poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”

Prince Caspian
(Published 10/15/1951)

CSL Daily 10/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On October 20, 1949 the last reported Thursday Inklings meeting occurred according to Lewis’s brother’s diary.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most, or else just silly.”

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(Published 10/16/1950)

CSL Daily 10/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Dymer, Lewis’ last poetry book (during his lifetime) was reprinted on Oct. 19, 1950. It included a new preface.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“From at least the age of six, romantic longing – Sehnsucht – had played an unusually central part in my experience. Such longing is in itself the very reverse of wishful thinking: it is more like thoughtful wishing. But it throws off what may be called systems of imagery.”

Preface to Dymer (1950 Edition)
(Published 10/19/1950)

CSL Daily 10/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Problem of Pain, Lewis’s first apologetic book was published on Oct. 18, 1940.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Evil comes from the abuse of free will.”

The Problem of Pain
(Published 10/18/1940)

[PODCAST] The Myth of Love Lecture Series (Andrew Lazo)

Even those who enjoy the wide variety of books by C.S. Lewis are sometimes confused when they get to his last published novel, Till We Have Faces. What was he trying to do with the retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche? How could he completely turn from writing material for Christians to release such a strange tale? Why did consider it his best book? Inklings scholar Andrew Lazo has been studying Till We Have Faces for many years and believes he can help both those who enjoy the book and those who are puzzled by it. This podcast interview details a new lecture series for late 2017 and early 2018 that will be a book in the near future. Learn a few of the insights Lazo has made and how he might be coming to a city near you to speak on the topic.

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Listen to The Myth of Love Interview

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CSL Daily 10/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 25th Screwtape Letter was published today in 1941 in The Guardian. Its subtitle was “The Enemy Loves Platitudes.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape Complains:] “The real trouble about the set your patient is living in is that it is merely Christian. They all have individual interests, of course, but the bond remains mere Christianity.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXV – The Enemy Loves Platitudes
(First published in The Guardian on 10/17/1941)

CSL Daily 10/16/17


FACT OF THE DAY:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published book of Narnia stories was published on Oct. 16, 1950.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“’Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver; ‘don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.’”

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(Published 10/16/1950)

CSL Daily 10/15/17


FACT OF THE DAY:

On Oct. 15, 1951 Prince Caspian was the second Narnia story published.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Things never happen the same way twice.”

Prince Caspian
(Published 10/15/1951)

CSL Daily 10/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis gave his first ever lecture on Oct. 14, 1924. It was called “The Good, Its Position among Values.” Only four attended.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by school-stories. Adults are not deceived by science-fiction; they can be deceived by the stories in the women’s magazines.”

An Experiment in Criticism
(Published 10/13/1961)

CSL Daily 10/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On Oct. 13, 1961 An Experiment in Criticism was published; while a professional title by Lewis it is more readable than others.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Nothing can deceive unless it bears a plausible resemblance to reality.”

An Experiment in Criticism
(Published 10/13/1961)

 

CSL Daily 10/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

A second edition of The Pilgrim’s Regress was published in October, 1935 by Sheed & Ward. The first publisher was J.M. Dent in 1933. The Pilgrim’s Regress: The Wade Annotated Edition officially came out on Oct. 12, 2014.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.”

The Pilgrim’s Regress
(2nd Edition Published October 1935)

CSL Daily 10/11/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth talk from the third BBC series, “Sexual Morality” was given on Oct. 11, 1942.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Christian rule is, ‘Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.’ Now this is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts, that obviously either Christianity is wrong or our sexual instinct, as it now is, has gone wrong.”

Sexual Morality
(Broadcast on BBC on 10/11/1942; Chapter Five from Book Three, Christian Behaviour in Mere Christianity)

CSL Daily 10/10/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 24th letter from Screwtape was published on Oct. 10, 1941 in The Guardian. The theme was Spiritual Pride.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape laments:] “If you try to make him explicitly and professedly proud of being a Christian, you will probably fail; the Enemy’s [God’s] warnings are too well known.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXIV – Spiritual Pride
(First published in The Guardian on 10/10/1941)

CSL Daily 10/09/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Beyond Personality: The Christian Idea of God was published on Oct. 9, 1944; from the final series of talks on the BBC.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”

Nice People or New Men
(Chapter 10 of Beyond Personality; published 10/9/1944)

CSL Daily 10/08/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

A Preface to ‘Paradise Lost’ was published Oct. 8, in 1942. Lewis adapted it from the 1941 Ballard Matthews Lectures.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all.”

A Preface to ‘Paradise Lost’
(Published 10/8/1942)