The following audio clip comes from Stella Aldwinckle, founder of the Oxford Socratic Club, who addressed the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society on January 24, 1984. The title of her talk is "Memories of the Socratic Club." The Socratic Digest is now available from Used with permission of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society and editors of the upcoming collection of essays and memoirs from the society (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Stella Aldwinckle - Socratic Digest 24-01-84.mp3

Followers of the life and writings of C. S. Lewis will likely be interested in a new book from Oxford University Press, which seems a lot like James Como's C. S. Lewis and the Breakfast Table & Other Reminiscences. This new book, due out in July 2015, is entitled C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society. The book, edited by Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe, includes reminiscences by Walter Hooper, Stella Aldwinckle,John Wain, Owen Barfield, Peter Bide (the priest who married Jack and Joy), Ronald Head (the Vicar at the home church of the Lewis brothers), Elizabeth, Anscombe, Alister McGrath, and many others. It will sell for $29.95, and it is eminently worth purchasing and reading.


Diaries: If you know of any published or unpublished diaries of people who knew C. S. Lewis, please contact me via email at "Chronologically Lewis" continues to grow, but there is a limit to what I can add to that resource. Most of the major resources have been read for new information. There are probably a lot of references by undergraduates to studying with Lewis, most of them unpublished.

Clive Staples Lewis, photo by Walter Stoneman (Edinburgh, March 2, 1956)

© National Portrait Gallery, London.

C. S. Lewis Reading Group:  If you live in Austin, Texas, please join our Lewis Reading Group on the last Sunday evening of the month at Genuine Joe's on Anderson Lane. We discuss our reading from approximately 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in a room set aside for our use.

Dr. Joel Heck

Some Biographical Information

Dr. Joel Heck is Professor of Theology at Concordia University Texas, located in Austin, Texas. He is the author or editor of thirteen books, three of them on C. S. Lewis, including reprints of the Socratic Digest and The Personal Heresy. He and his wife Cheryl have three grown children and three grandchildren. Although a transplant to Texas in 1998, he remains a Green Bay Packer fan and has followed the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1955.