C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society

ISBN : 9780190214340

Roger White; Judith Wolfe; Brendan N. Wolfe
288 ページ
161 x 240 mm

For 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 Roger White has worked with Society past-presidents Brendan and Judith Wolfe to select the best unpublished talks, which are here made available to the public for the first time.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 re-imagine 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.


Foreword, Gregory & Suzanne Wolfe (Founders of the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society)
Preface, Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe
Author Biographies
Part I. Essays
Philosophy & Theology
C. S. Lewis, Defender of the Faith, Alister McGrath (Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford)
C. S. Lewis' Rewrite of Chapter III of 'Miracles', Elizabeth Anscombe (Leading twentieth-century philosopher)
C. S. Lewis and the Limits of Reason, Stephen Logan (Musician, poet
Principal Supervisor in English, Clare College, Cambridge)
Sacramentalism in C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams, Kallistos Ware (Metropolitan Bishop of Diocleia
Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies (Emeritus), University of Oxford)
Charles Williams and the Problem of Evil, Paul Fiddes (Professor of Systematic Theology, Oxford University)
'That Hideous Strength': A Reassessment, Rowan Williams (Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, previously 104th Archbishop of Canterbury)
Yearning for a Far Off Country, Malcolm Guite (Poet, singer-songwriter
Chaplain at Girton College, Cambridge)
W. H. Auden and the Inklings, Michael Piret (Dean of Divinity, Magdalen College, Oxford)
The Lewis Diaries: C. S. Lewis and the English Faculty in the 1920's, Thomas Shippey (Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities (Emeritus), Saint Louis University)
It All Began with a Picture: The Making of C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, Walter Hooper (Editor and biographer of C. S. Lewis
literary advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate)
II. Memoirs
Memories of C. S. Lewis by his Family and Friends
The Lewis Family, Joan Murphy (A Lewis Family Cousin)
Recollections of Lewis, George Sayer (Former student, friend, and biographer of C. S. Lewis)
Lewis as a Parishioner, Ronald Head (Formerly Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Headington Quarry, where C. S. Lewis attended)
Marrying C. S. Lewis, Peter Bide (Friend and priest of C. S. Lewis, officiate of Lewis's marriage to Joy Davidman)
Memories of the Socratic Club, Stella Aldwinckle (Founder of the Oxford Socratic Club)
Memories of the Inklings
The Inklings, Walter Hooper (Editor and biographer of C. S. Lewis
literary advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate)
Lewis and/or Barfield, Owen Barfield (Friend of C. S. Lewis, Inklings member, solicitor, philosopher, poet)
Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of W. H. Lewis, John Wain (Friend of C. S. Lewis, Inklings member, poet, novelist)
Nevill Coghill and Lewis: Two Irishmen at Oxford, John Wain (Friend of C. S. Lewis, Inklings member, poet, novelist)
Afterword,A Brief History of the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society Michael Ward (Senior Member of the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society)


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 in Azusa, CA.; Judith Wolfe is the founding General Editor of the Journal of Inklings Studies, and has co-edited two collections on C.S. Lewis. She teaches theology and the arts at St Andrews University in Scotland.; Brendan N. Wolfe is a Germanic philologist at Oxford, Editor of the Journal of Inklings Studies, and past President and Secretary of the C. S. Lewis Society of Oxford University.