Exploring Screwtape: A Closer Look at The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

michael-pacher-saint-wolfgang-and-the-devil-c-1473-screwtape-e1513691260790.jpgFor today’s Friday Focus, I wanted to highlight a great resource blog post. It includes some background material about the writing and publishing of Screwtape, some early reviews, adaptations, pop culture references, and study resources. My work is referenced here, but there is so much more for those who are eager to dig into The Screwtape Letters.

Off the Shelf

“My dear Wormwood” is a phrase many readers will instantly recognize as the opening to C.S. Lewis’s classic work The Screwtape Letters. The book contains a series of letters from Screwtape, a senior devil, to his nephew Wormwood who is just learning the ropes on how to most effectively tempt his first human (aka “patient”). Though the book itself is well-known and widely read, the background to its creation is a fascinating story. In this post, we’ll not only explore the writing of The Screwtape Letters, but also list adaptations of the book over the years, study resources, and highlight our Lenten Reflection series on the book that begins at the Wade Center on February 21, 2018.

BACKGROUND

C.S. Lewis first mentioned his idea for writing The Screwtape Letters in a letter dated July 20, 1940 to his brother Warren, who had returned to active duty as a…

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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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2 Responses to Exploring Screwtape: A Closer Look at The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thank you! I feel like I check that delightful blog fairly regularly, but I had not caught up with this yet!

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  2. Even if a reader doesn’t share the spiritual perspective of the author, Lewis has still written a spot-on commentary of the human condition.

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