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Volume 36 features previously unpublished content and articles related to two important figures from the life of C.S. Lewis: Dr.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 Accompanying his article is Davidman’s previously unpublished sermon fragment and notes titled “Chosen for What?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.