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Posted by on Apr 26, 2015

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis began keeping a diary for nearly five years starting this month (April) in 1922. It was released after his death as All My Road Before Me. - – - QUOTE...

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Special Feature

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015

The following is the text of the talk given by William O’Flaherty on “Not Quite Lewis: Questionable Lewisian Quotations) at the 2015 CSLIS Conference in late March,...

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All About Jack

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

This is the second and final part of the panel discussion from the 2015 C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society (CSLIS) Conference that was at the end of March. The keynote speakers...

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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: 4/26

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis began keeping a diary for nearly five years starting this month (April) in 1922. It was released after his death as All My Road Before Me. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All that is made seems planless to the darkened mind, because there are more plans than it looked for.” Perelandra (Published 4/20/1943) - – - QUIZ OF...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/25

FACT OF THE DAY: “The Grand Miracle,” preached earlier this month in 1945 was printed on the 27th in The Guardian. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If I remember rightly, St. Augustine raised a question about the theological position of satyrs, monopods, and other semi-human creatures. He decided it could wait till we knew there were any.”...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/24

FACT OF THE DAY: Perelandra which was released in the UK in April, 1943; was first available in the US a year later or 4/11/44. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. It if means the desire to get ahead of other people—which is what I think it does mean—then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well,...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/23

FACT OF THE DAY: Happy anniversary to Lewis & Joy Davidman (1st time married on April 23, 1956). - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All the beauty of nature withers when we try to make it absolute. Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first & we lose both first and second things.” Letter to  Dom Bede...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/22

FACT OF THE DAY: “Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” is the Annual Shakespeare Lecture Lewis gave on April 22, 1942 for the British Academy in London. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem? (Lecture given  on April 22, 1942 for...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/21

FACT OF THE DAY: “Interim Report” published in The Cambridge Review on this date (4/21) in 1956 presented Lewis’s comparison of Oxford and Cambridge. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not...

CSLIS 2015 Panel Discussion (Part Two)

This is the second and final part of the panel discussion from the 2015 C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society (CSLIS) Conference that was at the end of March. The keynote speakers were Dr. Jerry Root and Dr. Diana Glyer. William O’Flaherty  moderated the session that was held at Grove City College (in PA) this year (the annual conference is at a different...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/20

FACT OF THE DAY: Today (4/20) in 1942 is when Perelandra was published. It tells of adventures on Venus. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Every joy is beyond all others. The fruit we are eating is always the best fruit of all.” Perelandra (Published 4/20/1943) - – - QUIZ OF THE DAY: Complete the quote and name the source (2 words): ” _____...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/19

FACT OF THE DAY: Christian Behaviour was first published on this day (4/19) in 1943. It is better known for being Book 3 of Mere Christianity. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hope is…a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 4/18

FACT OF THE DAY: Letters of C.S. Lewis, edited, with a Memoir by Warren Lewis was first published today (4/18) in 1966. Originally it began as a biography. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is a curious fact that the advice we can give to others we cannot give to ourselves and truth is more effective through any life rather than our own.” Letter to...