CSL Daily 10/02/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Originally an unsigned review, Lewis’ views on The Hobbit was published on Oct. 2, 1937 in The Times Literary Supplement.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Hobbit…will be funniest to its youngest readers, and only years later, at a tenth or a twentieth reading, will they begin to realise what deft scholarship and profound reflection have gone to make everything in it so ripe, so friendly, and in its own way so true.”

A World for Children
(First published 10/2/1937 in The Times Literary Supplement)

CSL Daily 6/23/17

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)

CSL Daily 2/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

During the evening of February 24, 1943 Lewis gave the 1st talk (“Men Without Chests”) of the Riddell Memorial Lectures that became The Abolition of Man.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”

Men Without Chests
(First a lecture from 2/24/1943 from the eventual The Abolition of Man)

Q02-24 (Modern Educator)

CSL Daily 2/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

John, the main character in “The Pilgrim’s Regress” was born in Puritania (on the western side of the Eastern Mountains)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“First-hand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than second-hand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire.”

On the Reading of Old Books
(Published originally as a preface to The Incarnation of the Word of God in 1944)

Q02-20 (First-Hand Knowledge)

CSL Daily 1/9/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Birth of Language” is a poem by Lewis published January 9, 1946 in Punch (it uses planetary imagery).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“May God’s grace give you the necessary humility. Try not to think—much less, speak—of their sins. One’s own are a much more profitable theme!”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne
(from Collected Letters, Volume 3 on 1/9/1961)

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