C.S. Lewis Letters to Children

by C. S. Lewis

Other authorsLyle W. Dorsett (Editor), Marjorie Lamp Mead (Editor)
Hardcover, 1985

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Available

Publication

New York : Macmillan, 1985.

Description

A collection of letters from the English author of the Narnia books to a variety of children.

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LibraryThing member ltjennysbooks
I have a rocky relationship with C.S. Lewis. The longer we are apart, the more he bothers me. I am sensibly buying a lot of C.S. Lewis’s books, so that I will be statistically more likely to read his stuff frequently, because in reality I love him an awful lot. And this book, his letters to children, mainly about his Narnia books, is exactly the reason (well, one of many) that I love him. He does not patronize, and it’s so easy to patronize a kid. He writes in a serious but good-natured way, and answers their questions very politely. Behold an excerpt:

Dear Lucy,

I am so glad that you like the Narnian stories and it was nice of you to write and tell me. I love E. Nesbit too and I think that I have learned a lot from her about how to write stories of this kind. Do you know Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings? I think you wd. like it. I am also bad at Maths and it is a continual nuisance to me – I get muddled over my change in shops. I hope you’ll have better luck and get over the difficulty! It makes life a lot easier.

It makes me, I think, more humble than proud to know that Aslan has allowed me to be the means of making Him more real to you. Because He could have used anyone – as He made a donkey preach a good sermon to Balaam.

Perhaps, in return, you will sometimes say a prayer for me?

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,
C.S. Lewis

I have this book of letters that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, and the editors of it have cleverly chosen a selection of letters relating to Lord of the Rings. I bought it one time when I was in California learning Chinese (not very successfully though I can still count quite high), and although I do not count myself among the die-hard Lord of the Rings fans in my family (didn’t even read it until the films came out – I know, I know), I was captivated by Tolkien’s letters about it. I wish someone would do a similar thing with C.S. Lewis and letters relating to his writing. Not just Narnia but all of his writing. How good would that be?
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LibraryThing member Theodore.Zachariades
This is a delightful title. Lewis at his most authentic and unassuming as he addresses some of the vast mail he received from children around the globe. I could not put it down. I had read a few of his letters to children in an anthology before but this book is only letters to his younger fans, and Lewis is a pure pleasure to read.
A highly recommended read!
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LibraryThing member BenKline
A cute but ultimately dull little collection of letters from CS Lewis to kids, mainly those who knew him (like his god-daughter Sarah) or those who read Narnia. Was interesting to see the letters written to him as the series was being published. His letters discussing poetry and such with 'Joan' and a few others was nice, and his critiques of their works were both well done as an adult and caring as a friend. Ultimately though this collection is too small a sampling, and doesn't contain all that much to add to knowing CS "Jack" Lewis.… (more)
LibraryThing member danhibbert
Very difficult to get a copy of this book but throughly glad I persevered and found a used copy. I always enjoy CS Lewis greatly and this little book had a very special quality about it and I found it immensely endearing. To hear both the voices of children and CS Lewis’ replies to them really shows so much about his personality and his faith.

Favorite quote

“A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong one. Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and of other people) like a crutch which is a substitute for a leg. Most of us need the crutch at times; but of course it is idiotic to use the crutch when our own legs (our own loves, tastes, habits etc.) can do the journey on their own!”


Highly recommend!
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