Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memories From the Oxford C S Lewis Society
For over thirty years, the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society has met weekly in the medieval colleges of the University of Oxford. During that time, it has hosted as speakers nearly all those still living who were associated with the...
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For over thirty years, the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society has met weekly in the medieval colleges of the University of Oxford. During that time, it has hosted as speakers nearly all those still living who were associated with the Inklings-the Oxford literary circle led by C. S. Lewis--as well as authors and thinkers of a prominence that nears Lewis's own.
C. S. Lewis and His Circle offers the reader a chance to join this unique group. Roger White has worked with Society past presidents Brendan and Judith Wolfe to select the most important talks, which are here made available to the wider public for the first time. They exemplify the best of traditional academic essays, thoughtful memoirs, and informal reminiscences about C. S. Lewis and his circle. The reader will reimagine Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, read philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe's final word on Lewis's arguments for Christianity, hear the Reverend Peter Bide's memories of marrying Lewis and Joy Davidman in an Oxford hospital, and learn about Lewis's Narnia Chronicles from his former secretary.
Representing the finest of both personal and scholarly engagement with C. S. Lewis and the Inklings, the talks collected here set a new tone for engagement with this iconic Oxford literary circle--a tone close to Lewis's own Oxford--bred sharpness and wryness, seasoned with good humor and genuine affection for C. S. Lewis and his circle.
Roger White is curator of the Inklings Special Collection for the University Libraries as well as Professor of Ministry for the Seminary at Azusa Pacific University. A
Judith Wolfe teaches theology at St. John s College in the University of Oxford. She is the general editor of The Journal of Inkling Studies and coeditor of C. S. Lewis and the Church, as well as a contributor to numerous publications on Lewis, including the Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.
- :forewordsuzanne And Gregory Wolfe (founders Of The Oxford C. S. Lewis Society)prefaceroger White, Judith Wolfe, And Brendan N. Wolfeauthor Biographiespart I: Essaysphilosophy And Theology1. C. S. Lewis, Defender Of The Faithalister Mcgrath (andreas Idreos Professor Of Science And Religion, University Of Oxford)2. C. S. Lewis's Rewrite Of Chapter Iii Of Miracleselizabeth Anscombe (leading Twentieth-century Philosopher)3. C. S. Lewis And The Limits Of Reasonstephen Logan (musician, Poet; Principal Supervisor In English, Clare College, Cambridge)4. Sacramentalism In C. S. Lewis And Charles Williamskallistos Ware (metropolitan Bishop Of Diocleia; Spalding Lecturer In Eastern Orthodox Studies (emeritus), University Of Oxford)5. Charles Williams And The Problem Of Evilpaul Fiddes (professor Of Systematic Theology, Oxford University)literature6. That Hideous Strength: A Reassessmentrowan Williams (baron Williams Of Oystermouth, Master Of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Previously 104th Archbishop Of Canterbury)7. Yearning For A Far-off Countrymalcolm Guite (poet, Singer-songwriter; Chaplain At Girton College, Cambridge)8. W. H. Auden And The Inklingsmichael Piret (dean Of Divinity, Magdalen College, Oxford)9. The Lewis Diaries: C. S. Lewis And The English Faculty In The 1920stom Shippey (walter J. Ong Chair Of Humanities (emeritus), Saint Louis University)10. It All Began With A Picture: The Making Of C. S. Lewis's Chronicles Of Narniawalter Hooper (editor And Biographer Of C. S. Lewis; Literary Advisor To The C. S. Lewis Estate)part Ii: Memoirsmemories Of C. S. Lewis By His Family And Friends11. The Lewis Familyjoan Murphy (a Lewis Family Cousin)12. Recollections Of C. S. Lewisgeorge Sayer (former Student, Friend, And Biographer Of C. S. Lewis)13. C. S. Lewis As A Parishionerronald Head (formerly Vicar Of Holy Trinity Church Headington Quarry, Where C. S. Lewis Attended)14. Marrying C. S. Lewispeter Bide (friend And Priest Of C. S. Lewis, Officiate Of Lewis's Marriage To Joy Davidman)15. Memories Of The Socratic Clubstella Aldwinckle (founder Of The Oxford Socratic Club)memories Of The Inklings16. The Inklingswalter Hooper (editor And Biographer Of C. S. Lewis; Literary Advisor To The C. S. Lewis Estate)17. Lewis And/or Barfieldowen Barfield (friend Of C. S. Lewis, Inklings Member, Solicitor, Philosopher, Poet)18. Brothers And Friends: The Diaries Of W. H. Lewisjohn Wain (friend Of C. S. Lewis, Inklings Member, Poet, Novelist)19. Nevill Coghill And C. S. Lewis: Two Irishmen At Oxfordjohn Wain (friend Of C. S. Lewis, Inklings Member, Poet, Novelist)afterword: A Brief History Of The Oxford C. S. Lewis Societymichael Ward (senior Member Of The Oxford C. S. Lewis Society)index