C.S. Lewis’s Role as General Editor of Nelson’s Medieval and Renaissance Library Series


  • Steve A. Beebe Texas State University
  • Joel Heck Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton, Alta.)


Featuring transcriptions (and several images) of 13 previously unpublished letters between C.S. Lewis and Geoffrey Shepherd, senior editor of Nelson’s Medieval and Renaissance Library Series, this article explores a lesser-known side of C.S. Lewis: as an editor of others’ scholarship through Thomas Nelson and Sons and as a professional colleague in academic spheres. To learn more about this collection of Lewis letters, you can watch a promotional YouTube video for the Archive of Correspondence with Autograph Letters Signed from C. S. Lewis to Geoffrey Shepherd by Peter Harrington Books.


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Author Biographies

  • Steve A. Beebe, Texas State University

    Steven A. Beebe (Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia) is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Texas State University. He is author and co-author of fourteen books (with subsequent editions totaling more than 85 books) that have been used at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world (including International, Canadian, Russian, and Chinese editions) by several million students. He has also authored or co-authored more than 75 articles and book chapters. He served as president of the National Communication Association, the largest academic communication association in the world. His book, C.S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication, along with several of his articles about Lewis, was the basis for his being selected Scholar of the Year by the Religious Communication Association in 2022.

  • Joel Heck, Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton, Alta.)

    Dr. Joel Heck serves Concordia Lutheran Seminary as interim president, having taught Old and New Testament and the life and writings of C.S. Lewis for more than three decades at two Concordia Universities. He holds a Doctor of Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including four on C.S. Lewis. His most recent book on Lewis is No Ordinary People: Twenty-one Friendships of C.S. Lewis (2022, Winged Lion Press). He has authored more than 120 articles, and he is the creator of “Chronologically Lewis,” a database of detailed information about the lives of C.S. Lewis and his brother Warren. Recently, he and his daughter Brenda wrote a children’s book in the tradition of Narnia entitled The Lion That Roared (Lulu.com). He and his wife Cheryl own a home in Austin, TX. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.