Essential C.S. Lewis http://www.essentialcslewis.com Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 76160007 (CMCSL-4): After Winston Churchill, Lewis Was the Most Recognized Voice in Britain in the 1940’s http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/24/cmcsl-4-after-winston-churchill-lewis-was-the-most-recognized-voice-in-britain-in-the-1940s/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/24/cmcsl-4-after-winston-churchill-lewis-was-the-most-recognized-voice-in-britain-in-the-1940s/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:30:25 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17056 This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series.    

Most people enjoy being recognized. In fact, those who are well-known are usually ones who seek out the fame. This was not the case for C.S. Lewis. While he enjoyed the company of friends and spoke publicly, he was also a rather bookish man. In an interview published in the September 8, 1947 issue of Time he is quoted as saying, “I like monotony.” So, even though Lewis didn’t seek to be famous, he nevertheless became a public figure.

Much of his fame (at least in England) is attributed to the fact that he was on the radio (BBC) speaking in favor of the Christian faith on four series of talks that later became the book Mere Christianity. His third show from the first series had an audience of over two million listeners! Is it any wonder there is the claim that Lewis was the most recognized voice after Winston Churchill? Even though this detail has been mentioned by established scholars, it is simply not true.

Dr. Bruce Johnson has done excellent research shedding light on this misunderstanding. In an article entitled “C.S. Lewis and the BBC’s Brains Trust: A Study in Resiliency,” published in SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Vol. 20 (2013), he provided his findings that many other voices heard on BBC radio were more popular. For example: When Lewis was a guest on the show “The Brains Trust,” there where several other guests who had more recognized voices. This program had a listenership of over 5 million for each of the two programs he was on. In order for Lewis to get that kind of numbers you would have to combine the first eight of his ten stand-alone broadcasts!

The regular panelists for “The Brains Trust” were Julian Huxley, C.E.M. Joad and A.B. Campbell, in addition to the first host, Donald McCullough. Any of these four individuals’ voices would have easily been more recognized than Lewis. Johnson even suggests “dozens of other candidates” (including those four) would have been more popular than Lewis.

Of course, let’s consider the audience Lewis had. They are very good numbers indeed. During his first series of five shows, all but the initial talk had over a million listeners. I already mentioned his highest ever was that third show (from August 20, 1941), which had over two million hearers. Yet, considering the fact that the potential audience was estimated at 35 million, you discover that less than 10 percent of possible listeners tuned in for Lewis. If you just think about it, broadcasts on the BBC focusing on news and entertainment easily had more sets of ears.

Thus, while Lewis’ voice was popular and he had respectable ratings, it is an exaggeration to even suggest he was one of the most recognized voices in England. He wouldn’t have even made the top ten! However, if you put Lewis in the context of other religious broadcasters on the BBC during the war, then you can see he had very good ratings. Yet, as Johnson stated to me in an email on the subject (from 6/29/2015), “no religious programming on the BBC ever did as well (in terms of number of listeners) as did news or entertainment broadcasts.” Therefore, instead of the false claim of being second only to Winston Churchill, it is more accurate to say that Lewis’ shows were popular and his voice was recognizable because of it.

Speaking of Churchill, did you know that he recommended Lewis for a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the early 1950’s? Lewis declined the honor in a letter dated December 4, 1951 and addressed to the Prime Minister’s Secretary. In it, Lewis stated he feared there were those who, had he accepted, would feel more confirmed in their belief that his “religious writings are all covert anti-Leftist propaganda.”  Also did you know that when Lewis married in 1957 that it was at Churchill Hospital, which was named after Winston Churchill’s wife. Finally, did you know that even though Lewis was popular on the BBC, he personally disliked listening to the radio.


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Updated 6/24/2017

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CSL Daily 6/24/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/24/csl-daily-62417/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/24/csl-daily-62417/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:15:54 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17076 FACT OF THE DAY:

The first paperback edition of The Silver Chair came out on June 24, 1965 (first published September 7, 1953). 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The simple physical pains and (still more) the pleasures can’t be expressed in language. I labour the point lest the devil should hereafter try to make you believe that what was wordless was therefore vague and nebulous. But in reality it is just the clearest, the most concrete, and the most indubitable realities which escape language: not because they are vague but because language is.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/24/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

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CSL Daily 6/23/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/23/csl-daily-62317/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/23/csl-daily-62317/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:46:56 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17075 FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s poem “Vitrea Circe” was published in Punch on June 23, 1948  and was revised and reprinted in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “Prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him (God) best.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

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CSL Daily 6/22/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/22/csl-daily-62217/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/22/csl-daily-62217/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:45:48 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17074 FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis showed the galley proofs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the Inklings on June 22, 1950.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is not really you who are holding fast to Him but He to you: and He will bring you to wherever He wants.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/22/1948
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II

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CSL Daily 6/21/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/21/csl-daily-62117/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/21/csl-daily-62117/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:45:13 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17073 FACT OF THE DAY:

An Expostulation (against too many writers of science fiction) – a poem from Lewis was published in the June, 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Glory, as Christianity teaches me to hope for it, turns out to satisfy my original desire and indeed to reveal an element in that desire which I had not noticed.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

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Mere Christians (Andrew Lazo, co-editor) http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/20/mere-christians-andrew-lazo-co-editor/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/20/mere-christians-andrew-lazo-co-editor/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:57:24 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17094 Here’s another interview that was first released back in 2012 and not yet shared again since my audio hosting was moved to Podbean in late 2014. Thus, this is something most of you has likely not heard before now. This podcast is with Andrew Lazo and is about a book he co-edited, MERE CHRISTIANS: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis. Andrew has written a variety of articles on Lewis and contributed to the 2015 book, Women and C. S. Lewis. He has also been a guest on my occasional “Essay Chat” podcast series. We took two programs to explore Lewis’ essay called “On Stories.”

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CSL Daily 6/20/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/20/csl-daily-62017/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/20/csl-daily-62017/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:57:40 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17072 FACT OF THE DAY:

The eighth Screwtape letter was published in The Guardian on June 20, 1941. It has the first mention of Slubgob.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “One must face the fact that all the talk about His [God’s] love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

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CSL Daily 6/19/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/19/csl-daily-61917/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/19/csl-daily-61917/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:53:48 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17071 FACT OF THE DAY:

“Membership” was published in the June 1945 issue of Sobornost. Previously it was a talk given in February to the Society of St. Alban and St. Sergius in Oxford.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except in so far as it is related to how He thinks of us.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

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CSL Daily 6/18/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/18/csl-daily-61817/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/18/csl-daily-61817/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:08:42 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17035 FACT OF THE DAY:

Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis came out on June 18, 1992. It was republished as C.S. Lewis: Readings for Meditation and Reflection.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.”

The Problem of Pain
(Quoted in Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis published on 6/18/92)

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CSL Daily 6/17/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/17/csl-daily-61717/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/17/csl-daily-61717/#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:55:17 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17034 FACT OF THE DAY:

The paperback edition of The Personal Heresy by Lewis (with E.M.W. Tillyard)  was published on June 17, 1965.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round— we get afraid because we struggle.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne 6/17/1963
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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CSL Daily 6/16/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/16/csl-daily-61617/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/16/csl-daily-61617/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:40:40 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17033 FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s brother, Warren “Warnie” Hamilton Lewis was born on June 16, 1895. He wrote books on French History.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We want the Church to be small not only that fewer men may know the Enemy but also that those who do may acquire the uneasy intensity and the defensive self-righteousness of a secret society or a clique.”

The Screwtape Letters VII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/13/1941)

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CSL Daily 6/15/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/15/csl-daily-61517/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/15/csl-daily-61517/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:37:15 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17032 FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s appointment at Magdalen College at Oxford officially began on June 15, 1925 and lasted nearly three decades.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself— to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed, & then to find yourself still in bed.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves 6/15/1930
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)

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CSL Daily 6/14/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/14/csl-daily-61417/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/14/csl-daily-61417/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:45:17 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17031 FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis finished his academic studies at Oxford near the end of June, 1923, beginning his exams on the 14th.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Perfect humility dispenses with modesty. If God is satisfied with the work, the work my be satisfied with itself.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

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CSL Daily 6/13/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/13/csl-daily-61317/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/13/csl-daily-61317/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:45:27 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17030 FACT OF THE DAY:

The seventh Screwtape letter was published on June 13, 1941 in The Guardian. Mentions “Materialist Magician.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Screwtape States: “All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy [i.e. God], are to be encouraged.”

The Screwtape Letters VII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/13/1941)

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CSL Daily 6/12/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/12/csl-daily-61217/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/12/csl-daily-61217/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:45:36 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=16965 FACT OF THE DAY:

An expanded version of “Bulverism” by Lewis was printed in the June, 1944 issue of The Socratic Digest.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“…Good images of what we really desire…the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

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CSL Daily 6/11/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/11/csl-daily-61117/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/11/csl-daily-61117/#respond Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:28:01 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=16964 FACT OF THE DAY:

Science-Fiction Cradlesong is a revised poem by Lewis published on June 11, 1954 under a different title in The Times Literary Supplement.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If we are made for heaven, the desire for our proper place will be already in us, but not yet attached to the true object, and will even appear as the rival of that object.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

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(CMCSL-3) – Lewis and Mrs. Moore Were Secret Lovers (UPDATED) http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/10/cmcsl-3-lewis-and-mrs-moore-were-secret-lovers/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/10/cmcsl-3-lewis-and-mrs-moore-were-secret-lovers/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:42:24 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=17001 NOTE: This article was posted June 10, 2017 and updated on June 17. The only actually change is found at the end of article, where I added (with permission from the author) a previously unpublished portion from material Dr. Jerry Root sent me related to the topic.

This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series.    


People who are famous are always subject to rumor and gossip, even if they are Christians. Well-known individuals who are dead who didn’t provide clarification on an issue before their passing leave the door open to speculation for good or for ill. Such is the case regarding the relationship between C.S. Lewis and Mrs. Moore. If you’ve only read books by Lewis and none about him, then you probably have no idea who she is. If you are among those and you enjoy his works then you might want to be able to address the fact that Lewis did live with a woman who wasn’t even divorced as well as the claim that he had a sexual relationship with her (years before he married Joy Davidman).

Mrs. Moore

Janie King Askins Moore was the mother of Paddy Moore, one of Lewis’ friends from World War I. Lewis and Mrs. Moore knew each other for over 30 years and they spent much of that time living together. When they first met, Janie was over 40 years old and, while not divorced, was separated from her abusive husband for about 10 years. Lewis was not yet 20 at the time. Their relationship began sometime in June, 1917 and stopped only as a result of her death in early 1951 (though she was in a nursing home near the end of her life Lewis visited her frequently).

Paddy Moore was Lewis’ roommate at Keble College, Oxford, where they were in cadet training for WWI. His full name was Edward Courtenay Francis Moore. From a letter written to his father, we know that Lewis’ initial impression of Paddy was negative (he said Paddy was “a little too childish for companionship”), but another letter to dad not long after found him saying, “Moore, my room mate, comes from Clifton and is a very decent sort of man.” It is this correspondence, written June 18, 1917, where we find the first mention of Mrs. Moore. She is only described as “an Irish Lady.” However, if you look to the published letters (released after Lewis’ death) for a lot of detail about their eventual long-term relationship then you will be disappointed. Among the clearest statements Lewis made about the relationship that we have in his letters is found in one from August, 27, 1917, where he tells his father that he likes “her immensely.”

Paddy Moore

As you might be aware, Lewis lost his mother to cancer when he was not yet 10 years old. That happen August 23, 1908, thus, he met Mrs. Moore less than nine years after this, at the age of 19. Besides Paddy, who was the same age as Lewis, the only other child Mrs. Moore had was Maureen Daisy Helen Moore (the future Lady Dunbar of Hempriggs). In fact, it was not long after her birth in 1906 that Mrs. Moore left her husband (Courtenay Edward Moore) and the family went to live with her brother Dr. Robert Askins.

It is not the purpose of this post to go over all the details or speculations about what did and didn’t occur between Lewis and Mrs. Moore. There are, however, key facts that remain to clarify (especially to those not familiar with the basic details). They are, why Lewis ever lived with her in first place, why he chose to remain close to her until her death and whether or not their relationship changed over the years.

First, why did Lewis live even with Janie Moore? We’re told that before Lewis and Paddy Moore left their military training they each made a pledge that if one didn’t survive the war that the other would take care of the other’s parent. This may seem unusual, given that Lewis’ father, Albert wouldn’t have really needed anyone to look after him (after all, Lewis had an older brother) and Mrs. Moore had been living okay since leaving her husband about 10 years before she met Lewis. Ultimately, we will never understand why Paddy and Lewis made such a promise, but Paddy’s sister remembers hearing about it and there is a letter from Janie to Lewis’ father from October 1, 1918 where she notes “My poor son asked him to look after me if he did not come back.” This was written after Paddy was declared missing in France and only about a month before he was confirmed dead.

But again, why would Lewis make such a pledge? Even if there was never any romantic relationship between them (especially at this time), Lewis clearly missed his mother and Janie was at minimum very friendly and made Lewis feel welcomed at a time when he did not have a close relationship with his father. Thus, it is understandable for Lewis to have made reference to her as “my mother,” because of having lost his own mom and a having a strained bond with his dad.

The Kilns

Secondly, why did Lewis continue to live with Janie for so long, especially after he became a Christian in the early 1930’s? Before she died on January 12, 1951, she had been living at a nursing home for about nine months and Lewis visited her almost every day she was there. It is also interesting to note that before she moved to the nursing home, her and Lewis, along with Lewis’ brother Warren had lived in a house together (known as The Kilns) for nearly twenty years. Can you imagine having a sibling living with you while having a secret affair? As to reasons Lewis kept his pledge to a dead friend about caring for his mother, well, few consider that loyalty to his word as one of the possible main explanations. Additionally, George Sayer, in his biography entitled Jack (Lewis’ name among friends), notes that while Mrs. Moore was viewed in a negative light by friends of Lewis, that he credited her with teaching him “to be hospitable” towards others.

Finally, did Lewis’ relationship change over the years? It did in one obvious sense. That is, any relationship between two people will change in some ways over the span of time. Specific to Lewis and Mrs. Moore there are a few aspects I want to underscore. Lewis is known for being a man of principle. He wrote about how pride was a sin that he had the greatest difficulty with. Nowhere does he or others ever accuse him of being a hypocrite. So, once Lewis embraced the Christian faith in the early 1930’s it is hard to imagine any sexual relationship occurring. Even though there is no proof that it happened prior to this, if it did, then why would it matter? Therefore, if, and again that’s a big if, there was a romantic relationship between Mrs. Moore and Lewis, this would have clearly end at some point after he became a Christian. We do know that at least in her later years that she held a negative view of Christianity and didn’t have any appreciation for Lewis’ serious embracing of his faith. Thus, the two of them would not likely even be friends if they had met each other at this point in their life.

In conclusion, we have no definitive proof either way about whether or not Lewis and Mrs. Moore had ever been lovers. Lewis’ brother (who lived ten years after him) never definitively confirmed or denied a sexual relationship between them. Yet, as Dr. Jerry Root pointed out in an unpublished paper he provided to me, there are “at least three entries” in the public portion of a diary that was published after Lewis’ death that “counts best against the speculation that there was ever an affair.”  This book was published in 1992 and is called All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis 1922-1927. They deal with Lewis’ comments about other’s sexual behavior that would have meant he was a hypocrite had he been having a romantic relationship with Mrs. Moore. Thus, until any concrete evidence appears, it is foolish to claim that the two of them were ever secret lovers.

APPENDIX

The following is previously unpublished material written by Dr. Jerry Root and shared here with his permission (via email communication on 6/16/17). It come from a paper he presented in 2014 where time didn’t permit him to cover all of the six different errors about Lewis he planned. During his 36 minutes presentation (available for purchase via the link below), he shared for about three minutes a few of the notions (beginning around the 27:30 mark) about the allegation that Lewis and Mrs. Moore had been lovers. 

Nevertheless, I would like to suggest the evidence from Lewis’s own hand counts best against the speculation that there was ever an affair. During the years Lewis first took up with Mrs. Moore, he kept a journal. At least three entries would indicate that the affair was unlikely. In 1922 Lewis records a yarn going around the neighborhood “about an undergraduate and an undergraduette living together somewhere in the neighborhood. As the story is only one of those things which ‘everybody knows’ it need not be believed. It is to be hoped that it is untrue, as when the crash came, it would lead to a lot of silly new statutes for the rest of us…” (1) Lewis appears to be concerned that coupled cohabitating in the neighborhood do not cause the University to make up rules that would negatively impact and affect those who are trying to live relatively normal domestic lives.

 

In another entry in June of 1922 Lewis records that he was teaching a course at University College, Reading University. He writes, “I was told that most of my pupils would be girls. I had seen so much beauty in the corridors that one born under a less temperate star would have wanted to enter on his duties at once”. (2) Here in this private journal entry Lewis remarks that his temperance led him not to think outside the lines of decorum. It is hardly the kind of thing one would expect to be written by someone who was having an affair with a much older woman.

 

The third entry is the most compelling. Lewis had a friend, in 1923, named Cecil Harwood. Lewis comes to find out that Harwood is having an affair with a woman well into her 40s and significantly older that Harwood. Lewis is pretty put off by all of this and writes of his contempt for Harwood’s behavior. (3) Again, Lewis’s reaction to Harwood, as recorded in his These journal entries are the best bits of information I’ve seen that count against the suggestion that Lewis had had an affair with Mrs. Moore. They do not rule it out completely but seem to count against it. And, the most compelling thing about it is that they were from Lewis’s own hand, recorded in his own private journal. The one thing I hope is that one day, these events, however they are to be interpreted, will finally be laid to rest and people could once again get on the truly memorable work of immersion into Lewis ideas, shaped by his clear thinking and imaginative depictions.

 

(1) LEWIS, C. S. All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis 1922-1927. A Harvest Book: San Diego, 1992. P. 33.

(2) Ibid. P. 55.

(3) Ibid. P. 161.

 


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Posted 6/10/2017
Updated 6/17/2017

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CSL Daily 6/10/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/10/csl-daily-61017/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/10/csl-daily-61017/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:45:19 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=16963 FACT OF THE DAY:

The U.K. edition of Letters to an American Lady was published in June, 1969 (it was first published in the U.S. on Dec. 19, 1967).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I can obey advice from others which I have often given myself in vain.”

Letter to Mary Van Deusen 6/10/1952
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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CSL Daily 6/9/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/09/csl-daily-6917/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/09/csl-daily-6917/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:45:57 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=16962 FACT OF THE DAY:

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature was released June 9, 1966. It collects various essays by Lewis on the specialized topic.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The human soul is not the seeker but the sought: it is God who seeks, who descends from the other world to find and heal Man; the parable about the Good Shepherd looking for and finding the lost sheep sums it up.”

Edmund Spenser, 1552–99
(Republished in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature on 6/9/1966)

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CSL Daily 6/8/17 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/08/csl-daily-6817/ http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2017/06/08/csl-daily-6817/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:04:59 +0000 http://www.essentialcslewis.com/?p=16960 FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Weight of Glory,” Lewis’s most famous sermon was preached on June 8, 1941 at St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford.
Hear a podcast with a variety of guests that gives honor to it.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

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