70th Anniversary of the Screwtape Letters: A Nefarious Nod to our Favourite Degenerate Demon

C.S. Lewis

1st Edition of The Screwtape Letters

I am never great at remembering birthdays (my mother-in-law’s b’day is tomorrow) or Valentine’s Day (as I wrote about here, pp. ), but I remembered that obscure anniversary that is the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Screwtape Letters as a book in 1942. I’m sure Screwtape could use that weakness within me, somehow, to his own nefarious end, which is always my own piteous one.

But what do you get a demon? I could do something wicked–or at least something mildly bad, as Screwtape would find satisfactory for pillaging my soul. I could lift a glass of Pharisee or dictator to toast the 20th century’s most pretentious demon. Or perhaps I should spend a moment in wicked silence for the wretched Wormwood. What do you get the demon who looks down at everything?

Well, it matters not. Someone else has beat me to it. The C.S. Lewis Minute Podcast has celebrated by writing a new Screwtape Letter: “Screwtape Speaks at Demon-Chapel.” So, on this inauspicious occasion I will add this new toast to my list of collection of Screwtape-styled letters in my blog, “Screwtape Writes Again.” I’m sure that Screwtape, as clever as he is, can use all of these things to his uses.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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16 Responses to 70th Anniversary of the Screwtape Letters: A Nefarious Nod to our Favourite Degenerate Demon

  1. Thanks for linking to my post! I’ve been enjoying your recent post on Screwtape.


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  3. robstroud says:

    I posted a link to this message in my own Screwtape homage a few minutes ago: http://mereinkling.wordpress.com/


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