A reader suggested I add to my collection of previously unpublished C.S. Lewis manuscripts (“The Lost-But-Found Works of C.S. Lewis“) by providing a list of manuscripts that show up in photographic plates in books and journals. I know that most of these are published by now, but this list is valuable for people who want to get to know C.S. Lewis’ handwriting. You will doubtless know of far more that you could add to this list, so send me a note or leave a comment.
Photographic Plates of Manuscripts and Letters
- Anonymous, “C. S. Lewis and Univ.” University College, Oxford. A small online exhibition including pictures, an admissions register, some Martlets material, and part of a 1959 letter not in The Collected Letters. Unfortunately, the photo quality is low.
- John Beversluis, C.S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion (Rev. ed.; Prometheus, 2007), pp. 319-20. A letter Lewis wrote to Beversluis in 1963.
- Edwin W. Brown and Dan Hamilton, In Pursuit of C.S. Lewis: Adventures in Collecting His Works (Proleptikos Press, 2006), pp. 111-14, 138-39. This includes samples of his signature, excerpts from letters and essays, and some manuscript fragments. There are also some book covers copied in the text.
- Lyle W. Dorsett and Marjorie Lamp Mead, eds., C.S. Lewis’ Letters to Children (MacMillan, 1985). I do not have a copy of this, but I know the leaves inside the covers have pictures of Lewis’ letters, including the one with the cat drawing.
- David C. Downing, The Most Reluctant Convert (IVP, 2002), p. 97. A Boxen illustration with handwriting beneath.
- Norbert Feinendegen and Arend Smilde, eds., “The ‘Great War’ of Owen Barfield and C.S. Lewis: Philosophical Writings (1927-1930),” Inklings Studies Supplement 1 (2015), back cover. The covers have excerpts of the “Great War” letters between Barfield and Lewis the late 1920s. There are sketches throughout, plus a transcription and translation of the Greek text, “Biographia Theologica.”
- Douglas Gilbert and Clyde S. Kilby, C.S. Lewis: Images of His World (Eerdmans, 1973), pp. 15, 45, 98-105, 113, 117, 158, 188-89.
- Laurence Harwood, C.S. Lewis, My Godfather (IVP, 2007), pp. 18-9, 20, 53, 64, 69, 85, 99, 100, 102, 103, 108, 115, 116, 122, 126, 132. In this pictographic book are quite a number of Lewis letters, including most of “Biographia Theologica.” Many of these photographs do not have the entire page, but there are transcripts.
- Walter Hooper, Through Joy and Beyond: A Pictorial Biography of C.S. Lewis (1982), pp. 23, 87, 93, 94-95, 110, and 112. This includes drawings of Lord Big, Warren Lewis, and a Narnian map, letters to Dr. Warfield M. Firor (below) and Sister Penelope, and a plot outline of the The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
- Clyde S. Kilby, ed., Letters to an American Lady (Eerdmans, 1967), inside front and back covers. Reproductions of two letters, November 27th, 1953 and Oct 9th, 1954.
- John Lawlor, Memories and Reflections (Spence, 1998), after p. 46. Includes 4 pages of letters and 6 pages of a Julian of Norwich text with Lewis’ margin notes.
- Andrew Lazo, “Early Prose Joy: C.S. Lewis’s Early Draft of an Autobiographical Manuscript,” SEVEN 30 (2013): 13-49. While not a manuscript, this is a close typescript of a manuscript, including edits.
- C.S. Lewis and Alastair Fowler, Spenser‘s Images of Life (CUP 1967, 2013), before first pages. This book is built upon notes from Lewis’ lectures and includes a 2-page sample.
- Alister McGrath, C.S. Lewis: A Life (Tyndale, 2013), p. 351. The letter Lewis sent to the Nobel committee, nominating J.R.R. Tolkien for the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature.
- Thomas Möllenbeck & Berthold Wald, eds., Wahrheit und Selbtüberschreitung: C. S. Lewis und Josef Pieper über den Menschen (Ferdinand Schöningh, 2011), pp. 12-13. A letter dated Jan 25th 54 to the German philosopher Josef Pieper.
- Justin Phillips, C.S. Lewis at the BBC (HarperCollins, 2003), after p. 132. A letter to Fenn of the BBC in 1944, as well as a requisition for paying Lewis for a broadcast.
- A.T. Reyes, ed., C.S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid: Arms and the Exile, ed. A.T. Reyes (Yale University Press, 2011), ii, xvi, xxiv, 34-35, and the back of the dustjacket.
- Stephen Schofield, ed., In Search of C.S. Lewis (Bridge, 1983), pp. 63-5, 193-97. Letters from Lewis to admirers, including notes where Lewis returned Schofield’s letter with a note on the bottom. See also p. 113 for an exchange between Ruth Pitter and Lewis where she finds a gap in the logic of Narnia.
- Stephen Schofield, ed., The Canadian C.S. Lewis Journal (1980s-1990s). I only have a few of this rare and unusual journal, but they include photocopies of quite a number of letters–many of which I’m pretty sure they did not have permission to print. The ones I have are No. 35-36, p. 16; No. 54, p. 11; No. 59, p. 1-2; No. 63, p. 11; No. 64, p. 10. I have only 5 volumes and there are letters in each, so I presume that the archive will be rich in this material.
- Charlie W. Starr, Light: C.S. Lewis’ First and Final Short Story (Winged Lion, 2012), pp. 32, 37, 116. Brings to print the short story “Light” and compares with the “Man Born Blind” manuscript and revisions. Includes the first page of “Light” and some samples of Lewis handwriting up close.
- Charlie W. Starr, “Two Pieces from C.S. Lewis’s ‘Moral Good’ Manuscript: A First Publication,” SEVEN 31 (2014): 30. Two samples of Lewis’ handwriting from the manuscript.
- Michael Ward, Planet Narnia (OUP, 2008), after p. 126. Within photos that support Ward’s thesis is a typescript of p. 121 of The Silver Chair.
- A.N. Wilson, C.S. Lewis (Norton, 1990), after p. 238. Manuscript page from Surprised by Joy.
I only have a dozen each of Mythlore and the Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society and there are no manuscript photographs–let me know if you have ever seen any. If you have something to add to this list, let me know in the comments below. You can also email me at junkola [at] gmail.com. Make sure you check out my blog on “C.S. Lewis Manuscript Collections and Reading Rooms” if you would like to go and see more of Lewis’ works in manuscript form in real life.