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Volume 36 features previously unpublished content and articles related to two important figures from the life of C.S. Lewis: Dr. Robert E. Havard and Joy Davidman. First, Sarah O’Dell analyzes Havard’s unedited appendix to C.S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain, examining how Lewis edited this note on “Pain and Behaviour in Medical Practice” written by his close friend, fellow Inkling, and personal physician. Next, Andrew Barron discusses the centrality of Joy Davidman Lewis’s Jewishness on her sense of identity. Accompanying his article is Davidman’s previously unpublished sermon fragment and notes titled “Chosen for What? (The Problem of the Christian Jew).”
This issue also includes in-depth articles about our core authors and their literary work. Joel Heck argues that C.S. Lewis’s work on the Anglican Commission to Revise the Psalter was “the crowning achievement of his public church life.” Mike Wilhelm explores the ways in which George MacDonald utilizes imagery from Dante in his novel Lilith “to bring repentance to a young Victorian mind stunted by scientism.” Finally, visit VII’s online home to read an intriguing theory about the real-life inspiration for the character of Jane Studdock in That Hideous Strength by David C. Downing as well as a number of book reviews.
Volume 35 features articles on four of our authors as well as two key figures in the life of C.S. Lewis: his brother Warnie, and one of the Inklings, Hugo Dyson. In addition, this volume includes an engaging analysis and description of G.K. Chesterton’s unpublished fairy tale, “Prince Lucio” by Daniel Gabelman and Jeremiah Mercurio. Finally, in this issue Sørina Higgins offers valuable insight into Charles Williams’s theology of friendship as well as the complicated issues that shaped some of his relationships; Don W. King describes the biographical milieu of Warren Lewis’s service in WWI as detailed in his diary and the Lewis Family Papers which are held at the Wade Center; and Kathryn Wehr examines some of the sources which influenced Sayers’s radio dramas of The Man Born to Be King.
This volume includes online-only content. Such content does not appear in the print edition and is available for free (below). Page numbers are consecutive, however, online-only content pagination begins with an 'e.' Please cite all online content as follows: "Kim, Henry. "C.S. Lewis: An Exploration through His Letters." VII 35 (2018): e149-191.
Full contents for Volume 34 are currently available in print edition only. Most articles as well as open access content, including Book Reviews and Book Notes, are available online.
Volume 34 of VII includes three little-known and diverse works by C.S. Lewis: Joel Heck and Christopher Marsh
introduce a recently rediscovered article from the December 1946 issue of The Strand Magazine, “A Christmas Sermon for Pagans”; Norbert Feinendegen introduces and speculates on an unpublished “lost chapter” from Lewis’s Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, which is printed here for the first time; while Charles Huttar analyzes the playfulness of Lewis’s creation poem “Le roi s’amuse;” reprinted here in the 1964 version. These items are currently available in print only.
Volume 34 also includes an exploration of Charles Williams’s theology of publishing from The Masques of Amen House by Michael Paulus. Nancy Bunting explores how Tolkien intentionally crafted “The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth” in order to temper the “northern heroic spirit” in The Lord of the Rings. John Pazdziora and Joshua Richards reimagine Aslan as a “corn-king” and explore the implications of this theory for two titles from Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Finally, Jeffrey Hipolito compares Barfield’s work on the “history of ideas” to other scholars such as Collingwood and Lovejoy and examines what this means for the “evolution of consciousness.”