I have been asked to contribute a list of C.S. Lewis manuscripts that have been published in the last decade for an upcoming book. This invitation came out of an earlier blog, “Lost-but-found Works of C.S. Lewis.” Since then, I have had the opportunity to expand on that earlier bibliography; you can see how far I’ve got in the list below. It is an attempt to catalogue what is available in various books and journals of C.S. Lewis’ unpublished work since Walter Hooper’s third volume of the Collected Letters was published in 2008. Researchers will appreciate this list, but so will true C.S. Lewis nerds and avid book lovers.
If there is one thing the C.S. Lewis readership community is, it is supportive. I turn to you now for your expertise and chance encounters. Please feel free to comment here, or email me: junkola [at] gmail [dot] com. Please share this piece so it can be as broadly distributed as possible. Even if you have only a single quotation in an obscure book, I would like to know about it!
Previously Unpublished Manuscripts Now in Print After 2007
- Roger White, “C.S. Lewis’ Poem ‘Nearly They Stood’: A Variorum and Research Notes,” The Chronicle of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society 6.2 (Apr 2009): 30-36.
- Diana Pavlac Glyer includes a great deal of manuscript marginalia in The Company They Keep (2009).
- Steven A. Beebe, “Language and Human Nature (Manuscript Fragment),” SEVEN 27 (2010): 25-28. This lost book introduction is a fun recent discovery. See the introduction by Beebe in the same issue on pp. 7-24, and see the story of his discovery here.
- Paul Tankard, “Interview of C. S. Lewis by Wayland Young, 19 January 1962 (unpublished manuscript),” Journal of Inklings Studies 1.1 (March 2011): 23-31. See also the introduction, Paul Tankard, “C. S. Lewis’s Brush with Television,” Journal of Inklings Studies 1.1 (March 2011): 5-21.
- David C. Downing and Bruce R. Johnson, “C.S. Lewis’s Unfinished ‘Easley Fragment’ and his Unfinished Journey,” SEVEN 28 (2011): 5-26. This is the first prose piece we have from Lewis in the 1920s.
- Jonathan B. Himes, “A Matter of Time: C.S. Lewis’s Dark Tower Manuscript and Composition Process,” Mythlore 3/4 (#113/114) (2011): 25–35. While this is not the publication of an original manuscript, it does deal with a dating issue, marginalia, and process.
- A.T. Reyes, ed., C.S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid: Arms and the Exile, ed. A.T. Reyes (Yale University Press, 2011).
- Charlie W. Starr, Light: C.S. Lewis’ First and Final Short Story (2012). Brings to print the short story “Light” and compares with the “Man Born Blind” manuscript and revisions, drawing conclusions about the dating of the pieces.
- Joe R. Christopher, “C.S. Lewis’s Lost Arthurian Poem: A Conjectural Essay,” Inklings Forever 8 (2012): 1-11. This is perhaps a bit outside of this list as there is not a published manuscript, but thinking about fragments is interesting.
- Brenton D.G. Dickieson, “The Unpublished Preface to C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters,” Notes & Queries2 (2013): 296-298. In this neat manuscript we see that C.S. Lewis had Dr. Ransom (of the science fiction books) discover and translate the Letters.
- Matthew Lee Anderson, “When the Story Stops Telling Itself: A New Letter from C.S. Lewis,” Mere Orthodoxy (Aug 27, 2013).
- Andrew Lazo, “Early Prose Joy: C.S. Lewis’s Early Draft of an Autobiographical Manuscript,” SEVEN 30 (2013): 13-49. See also Lazo’s introduction in the same issue, pp. 5-12. Lazo prepares the reader a year earlier in his “Correcting the Chronology: Some Implications of ‘Early Prose Joy,” SEVEN 29 (2012): 51-62.
- Bruce R. Johnson, “C.S. Lewis and the BBC’s Brains Trust: A Study in Resiliency,” SEVEN 30 (2013): 67-92. Includes part of the transcription of a radio program of experts that included C.S. Lewis in May 1942. Lewis calls this one of his “lame defeats.”
- Walter Hooper, “Image and Imagination,” Image and Imagination: Essays and Reviews (Cambridge: CUP, 2013), 34-53.
- Walter Hooper, “Lucretius,” Image and Imagination: Essays and Reviews (Cambridge: CUP, 2013), 194-197.
- Bruce R. Johnson, “C.S. Lewis and the BBC’s Brains Trust: A Study in Resiliency,” SEVEN 30 (2013): 67-92. Includes part of the transcription of a radio program of experts that included C.S. Lewis in May 1942.
- Charlie W. Starr, “Two Pieces from C.S. Lewis’s ‘Moral Good’ Manuscript: A First Publication,” SEVEN 31 (2014): 30-62.
- Alison Flood, “Unseen C.S. Lewis letter defines his notion of joy,” The Guardian (Dec 9, 2014).
- Don W. King, The Collected Poems of C.S. Lewis: A Critical Edition (2015).
- Norbert Feinendegen and Arend Smilde, “The ‘Great War’ of Owen Barfield and C.S. Lewis: Philosophical Writings (1927-1930),” Inklings Studies Supplement 1 (2015). Includes the “Great War” letters between Barfield and Lewis the late 1920s, a strong critical introduction, and a transcription and translation of Barfield’s Greek text, “Biographia Theologica.”
- Walter Hooper, “Warnie’s Problem: An Introduction to a Letter from C. S. Lewis to Owen Barfield,” Journal of Inklings Studies. 5.1 (April 2015): 3-21.
- Crystal Hurd, “Pudaita Pie: An Anthology,” SEVEN 32 (2015), forthcoming.
I am also looking for a few specific categories of things discovered and published in the last decade:
- Discussion of C.S. Lewis’ marginalia and notes that people have included in their papers, blogs, or books.
- New photographs that have emerged of C.S. Lewis (such as the war and school pictures that have emerged lately).
- Handwriting samples, however small, that have been printed in books or online.
- Letters that you have seen in auction or on websites for sale in the last little while.