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

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190214340
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 605,631
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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, California.

Judith Wolfe is Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Theology and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She has published widely on C. S. Lewis and is the founding general editor of the Journal of Inklings Studies.

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Suzanne and Gregory Wolfe (Founders of the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society)

Preface
Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan N. Wolfe

Author Biographies

Part I: Essays
Philosophy and Theology
1. C. S. Lewis, Defender of the Faith
Alister Mcgrath (Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford)
2. C. S. Lewis's Rewrite of Chapter III of Miracles
Elizabeth Anscombe (Leading twentieth-century philosopher)
3. C. S. Lewis and the Limits of Reason
Stephen Logan (Musician, poet; Principal Supervisor in English, Clare College, Cambridge)
4. Sacramentalism in C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams
Kallistos Ware (Metropolitan Bishop of Diocleia; Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies (Emeritus), University of Oxford)
5. Charles Williams and the Problem of Evil
Paul Fiddes (Professor of Systematic Theology, Oxford University)

Literature
6. That Hideous Strength: A Reassessment
Rowan Williams (Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, previously 104th Archbishop of Canterbury)
7. Yearning for a Far-Off Country
Malcolm Guite (Poet, singer-songwriter; Chaplain at Girton College, Cambridge)
8. W. H. Auden and the Inklings
Michael Piret (Dean of Divinity, Magdalen College, Oxford)
9. The Lewis Diaries: C. S. Lewis and the English Faculty in the 1920s
Tom 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 Narnia
Walter Hooper (Editor and biographer of C. S. Lewis; literary advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate)

Part II: Memoirs
Memories of C. S. Lewis by His Family and Friends
11. The Lewis Family
Joan Murphy (A Lewis Family Cousin)
12. Recollections of C. S. Lewis
George Sayer (Former student, friend, and biographer of C. S. Lewis)
13. C. S. Lewis as a Parishioner
Ronald Head (Formerly Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Headington Quarry, where C. S. Lewis attended)
14. Marrying C. S. Lewis
Peter Bide (Friend and priest of C. S. Lewis, officiate of Lewis's marriage to Joy Davidman)
15. Memories of the Socratic Club
Stella Aldwinckle (Founder of the Oxford Socratic Club)

Memories of The Inklings
16. The Inklings
Walter Hooper (Editor and biographer of C. S. Lewis; literary advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate)
17. Lewis and/or Barfield
Owen Barfield (Friend of C. S. Lewis, Inklings member, solicitor, philosopher, poet)
18. Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of W. H. Lewis
John Wain (Friend of C. S. Lewis, Inklings member, poet, novelist)
19. Nevill Coghill and C. S. 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)

Index

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