The women surrounding C.S. Lewis is often a mystery to even the serious reader of his works. Apart from Lewis’ mother and wife, Ruth Pitter stands as one of the most significant women in his life. You might know she was a poet, but did you know how much she helped Lewis with his poetry? Also, was there more than a friendship interest between her and Lewis? Dr. Don King explores her life in Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter. There has been a recent interest in exploring the females in Lewis’ life so it seemed a good time to learn more about her. Dr. Crystal Hurd fills in as guest host to interview Don.
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- Visit Don King’s Literature Page
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While in Oxford last week I visited the famous Addison’s Walk. It is on the grounds at Magdalen, where Lewis taught for nearly 30 years. I was there attending the Inklings Week that the Inklings Fellowship organized.
Dr. Don King was doing an informal tour of Magdalen and when we arrived at the place where the poem is located, he spontaneously read it. What follows is a video featuring a picture of the poem at Addison’s Walk and the audio of him reading it.
2015 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joy Davidman, C.S. Lewis’s wife. It just so happens that Dr. Don King has two new books this year (one not yet released at the time of this posting) related to her. A Naked Tree (the one currently available) is actually edited by Don and is a collection of nearly all her poems. The majority of them had never been published before. The other book (releasing in September) is Yet One More Spring and is the first comprehensive study of the poetry, nonfiction and fiction that Joy Davidman wrote. Learn more about them from the conversation that William O’Flaherty had with Don and hear a couple of Joy’s poems.
Back in 2012 I did my first interview with Dr. Don King. It was on the 2009 book entitled Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman. This is the first time I’ve reposted the interview since I’ve had my podcast at the Podbean location. In this chat I also had Don answer some questions about his favorite Lewis book and recommendations about books by and about Lewis. Of course, he provides interesting background information about the letters of Joy Davidman and five key reasons why they are important to read.