Saturday 5 August 2017

CS Lewis in Newcastle

In early 1943, CS Lewis and his brother came to Newcastle upon Tyne to give the Riddell Lectures; later published as The Abolition of Man - regarded by Owen Barfield (and some others) as Lewis's greatest essays of all.

The subject matter of the lectures, and a visit to Durham City 20 miles south, also provided the germ of That Hideous Strength (1945) - which is one of Lewis's most loved and influential novels (and Walter Hooper's favourite of all Lewis's works).

So an account of the Lewis brother's trip to the North East of England is of more than merely parochial significance - this is now freely available thanks to Joel Heck's Chronologically Lewis web resource.

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