CSL Daily

Posted by on May 23, 2016

FACT OF THE DAY: The fourth Screwtape letter was published today (5/23) in 1941 in The Guardian. It deal with “the painful subject of prayer.” – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: (Screwtape Boasts:) “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on May 23, 2016

The fame from The Screwtape Letters led to Lewis being on the cover of Time magazine on September 8, 1947. Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com. Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on May 23, 2016

This week is the final “catch-up” of a previous essay chat that hadn’t yet been re-released since changing podcast hosting to Podbean in late 2014. In the early 1950’s Lewis began releasing a series of books that he is most associated with now. Lewis gave a talk in 1952 when less than half of his […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on May 7, 2016

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t […]

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Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (INTRODUCTION)

This is the official introduction to an occasional series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. 

INTRODUCTION

Why Care?

The first thought some people have when they hear a quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis may not be by him, or that the quote as it is presented is too isolated from its context, is WHO CARES? Obviously, I do and in addition to many other that I know do, I hope you will as well.

Categories of Questionable Quotations

To make sure you are clear with what these mean, the following explanations should help:

  1. Not – those falsely attributed to Lewis. Someone else wrote it. Lewis may or may not have written something similar.

  2. Almost – it is either a paraphrase or missing some words or incorrect words, but usually no one else said it as far as we know.

  3. Not Quite – while Lewis wrote it, the quote when isolated means something other than intended (or has the potential to be misunderstood).

WELCOME!

WELCOME!
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!

18r Essay Chat – On Three Ways of Writing for Children (Brenton Dickieson)

On-Three-Ways-of-Writing-for-Children-194x300.jpgThis week is the final “catch-up” of a previous essay chat that hadn’t yet been re-released since changing podcast hosting to Podbean in late 2014. In the early 1950’s Lewis began releasing a series of books that he is most associated with now. Lewis gave a talk in 1952 when less than half of his Narnia stories were published. The name of the essay version is “On Three Ways of Writing for Children.” Brenton Dickieson, a frequent podcast guest explores this shorter work with host William O’Flaherty. The best place to find the article version is in a collection called On Stories.

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Listen to “Writing for Children” Essay Chat

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Listen to Other Shows Brenton Has Been On:

75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters #23

The fame from The Screwtape Letters led to Lewis being on the cover of Time magazine on September 8, 1947.

75th #23
Learn more about my book,
C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, All About Jack.

Also you can buy the book online! Paperback is $14.99; Kindle is only $5.49.

CSL Daily 5/23

Q 5-23

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth Screwtape letter was published today (5/23) in 1941 in The Guardian. It deal with “the painful subject of prayer.”

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Boasts:) “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”

The Screwtape Letters IV
(Published in The Guardian on 5/23/1941)

75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters #22

“Screwtape Proposes a Toast,” the follow-up essay from Lewis, is about five times the length of the average letter from Screwtape.

75th #22
Learn more about my book,
C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, All About Jack.

Also you can buy the book online! Paperback is $14.99; Kindle is only $5.49.

CSL Daily 5/22

 Q 5-22

FACT OF THE DAY:

Dangerous Oversight is a poem by Lewis published in Punch on 5/21/1947 and revised and re-titled Young King Cole in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Only the courteous can love, but it is love that makes them courteous.”

The Allegory of Love
(Publish 5/21/1936)

75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters #21

In the new preface to the 1961 edition Lewis joked about The Screwtape Letters being the type of book “that gravitates towards spare bedrooms, there to live a life of undisturbed tranquility.”

75th #21
Learn more about my book,
C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, All About Jack.

Also you can buy the book online! Paperback is $14.99; Kindle is only $5.49.

CSL Daily 5/21

Q 5-21

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Allegory of Love was published today (5/21) in 1936. It was Lewis’s first academic title.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The function of allegory is not to hide but to reveal, and it is properly used only for that which cannot be said, or so well said, in literal speech.”

The Allegory of Love
(Publish 5/21/1936)

CSL Daily 5/20

Q 5-20

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis spoke on “Religion without Dogma?” today (5/20) in 1946 before the Oxford Socratic Club. An updated version is in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“[The] scientific method merely shows…that if miracles did occur, science, as science, could not prove, or disprove, their occurrence.”

Religion without Dogma?
(Talk given on 5/20/1946)

75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters #20

According to Walter Hooper, Lewis had likely finished writing all of The Screwtape Letters by the end of 1940.

75th #20
Learn more about my book,
C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, All About Jack.

Also you can buy the book online! Paperback is $14.99; Kindle is only $5.49.

75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters #19

The idea for Screwtape actually came to Lewis during a church service. He told his brother about it in a letter from July 1940: “It…would consist of letters from an elderly retired devil to a young devil who has just started work on his first ‘patient’.”

75th #19
Learn more about my book,
C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, All About Jack.

Also you can buy the book online! Paperback is $14.99; Kindle is only $5.49.

CSL Daily 5/19

Q 5-19

FACT OF THE DAY:

What the Bird Said Early in the Year is a revised poem first published today (5/19) in 1938 as Chanson D’Aventure in The Oxford Magazine.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A new Nature is being not merely made but made out of an old one. We live amid all the anomalies, inconveniences, hopes, and excitements of a house that is being rebuilt.”

Miracles: A Preliminary Study
(Published on 5/12/1947)

75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters #18

In a letter Lewis wrote to Roy W. Harrington (on January 19, 1948), he stated that The Screwtape Letters was the book he “enjoyed writing least.”

75th #18
Learn more about my book,
C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, All About Jack.

Also you can buy the book online! Paperback is $14.99; Kindle is only $5.49.

CSL Daily 5/18

Q 5-18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s mother, Florence Augusta Hamilton, was born today (5/18) in 1862. She went by “Flora.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A country clergyman wrote to the editor (of The Guardian), withdrawing his subscription on the ground that ‘much of the advice given in these letters seemed to him not only erroneous but positively diabolical.'”

Preface to the Second Edition of The Screwtape Letters
(Written on 5/18/1960)

75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters #17

The handwritten manuscript Lewis gave to Sister Penelope eventually made its way to the New York Public Library (in the Berg Collection).

75th #17
Learn more about my book,
C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can now download it immediately at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

Hear a short talk I did about my book on my podcast show, All About Jack.

Also you can buy the book online! Paperback is $14.99; Kindle is only $5.49.

CSL Daily 5/17

Q 5-17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Planets, a poem by Lewis was first published this month in 1935 in Lysistrata, II.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Everywhere, except in theology, there has been a vigorous growth of scepticism about scepticism itself.”

Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism
(Talk given on 5/11/1959)