1. Unpublished C.S. Lewis Manuscript Discovered:
According to Steven Beebe, Regents’ Professor at Texas State University, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were involved in an incomplete book project, Language and Human Nature. “What is exciting,” said Beebe, “is that the manuscript includes some of Lewis’s best and most precise statements about the nature of language and meaning. Both Lewis and Tolkien wrote separately about language, communication, and meaning, but they published nothing collaboratively.” Professor Beebe claims to have discovered the first pages of the unpublished manuscript for the book in the Oxford University Bodleian Library, and his article, “Language and Human Nature Manuscript Fragment Found: C. S. Lewis On Language and Meaning,” will appear next year in the journal, Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review.
2. Articles, Books, and Debate Videos:
A selection of recommended publications of interest.
C. Debate Videos:
3. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events:
A. C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The upcoming meeting will be held at:
July 22 and August 5: Discussion: leader/moderator, Suzanne Cartmell
And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidman: Her Life and Marriage to C. S. Lewis, by Lyle W. Dorsett
In this definitive biography of Joy Davidman, we read of her real love story with C.S. Lewis that neither the International Emmy and British Academy Award-winning BBC production, C.S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands, nor the major motion picture, Shadowlands, could tell. Lyle Dorsett reveals Davidman's profound influence on Lewis's life and writings. Davidman (1915-1960) was an influential American poet and writer, a radical communist, and an atheist until her conversion to Christianity and rejection of communism in the late 1940s.
Davidman's first husband was the writer William Lindsay Gresham, also a communist, who Joy separated from because of his philandering and physical abuse of her. Having been converted to Christianity by reading Lewis's work, she then moved to England in 1954 with her two sons, David and Douglas Gresham. Lewis at first regarded her as an agreeable intellectual companion and personal friend, and it was at least overtly on this level that he agreed to enter into a civil marriage contract with her so that she could continue to live in the U.K. It then became clear that she had terminal bone cancer, and the relationship developed to the point that they sought a Christian marriage in 1956. She miraculously recovered for three years, but eventually succumbed to cancer, and Lewis wrote A Grief Observed in response to her death.
Who was the outspoken, dynamic woman named Joy Davidman who became C. S. Lewis's wife? And God Came In tells the story, not only about the marriage between the erudite and accomplished Lewis and Joy Davidman, but also of the famously vivid and assertive woman herself.
On Fairy Stories is the eloquent and comprehensive study and defense of "fairy stories," by the Christian, fantasy-genre master J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings) and first presented by in 1938 as the Andrew Lang Lecture at the University of St. Andrews. It was originally published in 1947 in Essays Presented to Charles Williams, edited by C.S. Lewis. Later, it was published in conjunction with the short story, "Leaf by Niggle," as Tree and Leaf, and in paperback as part of The Tolkien Reader.
In the essay, Tolkien explores what fairy-stories are and are not, their origins, and their use, and discusses such key concepts as "joy," "sub-creation," and "eucatastrophe" (poetic justice). One of the more noteworthy sections in On Fairy Stories is Tolkien's discussion that fairy-stories are not “stories for children,” as they appeal as much to adults.
As a central theme of his work, Tolkien believed that Christianity fulfills the overarching metaphysical nature of the universe:
"I would venture to say that approaching the Christian story from this perspective, it has long been my feeling (a joyous feeling) that God redeemed the corrupt making-creatures, men, in a way fitting to this aspect, as to others, of their strange nature. The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. . . . and among its marvels is the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe. The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man's history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation."
4. Other Events:
A. "All Things Considered"
Sponsored by the New York C.S. Lewis Society, this seminar commemorates its 40th Anniversary.
When: August 7-9, 2009
Where: Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, Queens, NY
B. "2009 Summer Seminars-in-Residence at The Kilns"
Sponsored by C.S. Lewis Foundation
When: July 19-25, August 1-7, 2009
Where: The Kilns, Oxford, England
C. "C.S. Lewis on the Vital Signs of the Christian Life"
Sponsored by the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society
When: July 21-24, 2009
Where: Master Dolorosa Retreat Center, 7600 N. Sunnyside Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
D. "The Theological Imagination of C.S. Lewis" and "The Ethics of Filmmaking"
Sponsored by Regent College
When: July 27-31, 2009
Where: Regent College, 5800 University Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 2E4
E. "The Company We Keep: Creativity & Community with C.S. Lewis & the Inklings"
Sponsored by C.S. Lewis Foundation
When: October 30 - November 1, 2009
Where: Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center, Navasota, Texas
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