CSL Daily

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: “What Christmas Means to Me” was published in the December, 1957 issue of Twentieth Century magazine. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The idea that not only all friends but even all acquaintances should give one another presents, or at least send one another cards, is quite modern and has been forced […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017

The following is a revised piece from what I shared previously. It was on Oct. 31, 1941 that the 27th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. The following year it came out in the UK in the book The Screwtape Letters (1943 for the US). While there is no material directly related to Halloween in […]

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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 Nov 11, 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 a book on the subject, it is difficult to say how often I will post additional material (even though over 30 additional quotes are identified). The working title of […]

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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

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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 12/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“What Christmas Means to Me” was published in the December, 1957 issue of Twentieth Century magazine.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The idea that not only all friends but even all acquaintances should give one another presents, or at least send one another cards, is quite modern and has been forced upon us by the shopkeepers.”

What Christmas Means to Me
(Published in Twentieth Century; December, 1957)

CSL Daily 12/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis mentioned “Tolkien’s unfinished sequel to the Hobbit” in the preface of Essays Presented to Charles Williams (a book Lewis edited and published in 1947).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Of all passions the passion for the Inner Ring is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.”

The Inner Ring
(Talk given on 12/14/1944)

CSL Daily 12/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce VI” was published on Dec. 15, 1944 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A jealous man, drifting and unresisting, reaches a point at which he believes lies about his best friend…But errors which are sincere in that sense are not innocent.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce VI
(Published in The Guardian on 12/15/1944)

CSL Daily 12/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis gave the annual Commemoration Oration at King’s College on Dec. 14, 1944. His topic was “The Inner Ring.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A thing may be morally neutral and yet the desire for that thing may be dangerous.”

The Inner Ring
(Talk given on 12/14/1944)

CSL Daily 12/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Vision of John Bunyan” was published on Dec. 13, 1962 in The Listener. It was first a radio talk on the BBC.
Hear and “essay chat” podcast on it via my All About Jack podcast.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Allegory frustrates itself the moment the author starts doing what could equally well be done in a straight sermon or treatise. It is a valid form only so long as it is doing what could not be done at all, or done so well, in any other way.”

The Vision of John Bunyan
(Published in The Listener on 12/13/1962)

CSL Daily 12/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Peace Proposals for Brother Every and Mr Bethell” is an article in the December, 1940 issue of Theology. Reprinted in Christian Reflections.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We must be taught that this tent is not home.”

Letter to Warfield M. Firor
(from Collected Letters, Volume 2 on 12/5/1949)

CSL Daily 12/11/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Scraps” is a group of brief thoughts by Lewis that was published in the December, 1945 issue of St James’ Magazine.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.”

Foreword to Joy Davidman’s Smoke on the Mountain
(Quoted in A Mind Awake, published 12/3/69 in US)

CSL Daily 12/10/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On December 1, 1956 Lewis had “Behind the Scenes” published in Time and Tide. It is reprinted in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If it is true that all our enjoyment of the images, without remainder, can be explained in terms of infantile sexuality, then, I confess, our literary judgements are in ruins. But I do not believe it is true.”

Psycho-Analysis and Literary Criticism
(Published in Selected Literary Essays; released on 12/4/1969)

CSL Daily 12/09/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“After Priggery – What?” is an essay by Lewis first published on December 7, 1945 in The Spectator. Available now in Present Concerns.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To avoid a man’s society because he is poor or ugly or stupid may be bad; but to avoid it because he is wicked—with the all but inevitable implication that you are less wicked (at least in some respect)—is dangerous and disgusting.”

After Priggery – What?
(Published in The Spectator on 12/7/1945)

CSL Daily 12/08/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce V” was published on Dec. 8, 1944 in The Guardian. This eventual became part of The Great Divorce.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I do not look at myself. I have given up myself.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce V
(Published in The Guardian on 12/8/1944)

CSL Daily 12/07/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Delinquents in the Snow” is an article Lewis wrote that was published on Dec. 7, 1957 in Time and Tide.  It’s available in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Not all kinds of peace are compatible with all kinds of goodwill, nor do all those who say “Peace, peace” inherit the blessing promised to the peacemakers.”

Delinquents in the Snow
(Published 12/7/57 in Time and Tide

CSL Daily 12/06/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On Dec. 4, 1962 an informal conversation between Lewis, Kingsley Amis and Brian Aldiss was recorded and later published as “Unreal Estates.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A book’s no good to me until I’ve read it two or three times.”

Unreal Estates
(First recorded on 12/4/62 and later published after his death)

CSL Daily 12/05/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Xmas and Christmas: A Lost Chapter from Herodotus” is a satirical piece by Lewis published in the December 4, 1954 issue of Time and Tide.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Unless there is something about which the author is never ironical, there can be no true irony in the work.”

A Note on Jane Austen
(Published in Selected Literary Essays; released on 12/4/1969)

CSL Daily 12/04/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Selected Literary Essays, edited by Walter Hooper, was first published on Dec. 4, 1969.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Bible thus considered, for good or ill, as a single book, has been read for almost every purpose more diligently than for literary pleasure.”

The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version
(Published in Selected Literary Essaysreleased on Dec. 4, 1969)

CSL Daily 12/03/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis was published for the first time in the US on Dec. 3,  1969. The UK version came out March 4, 1968.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How could an idiotic universe have produced creatures whose mere dreams are so much stronger, better, subtler than itself?”

(Published in A Mind Awake; from a letter to Sheldon Vanauken on 12/23/1950 found in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3)