Spotlight from Chronologically Lewis

September 2, 2019. Lewis gives the Skemp Memorial Lecture, a biennial lecture in English literature, at the University of Bristol on “Addison” (previously it was unknown where this lecture was first given) on October 7, 1943. For this lecture Lewis was paid a fee of £20 and was reimbursedexpenses of £1 10s. It likely took place in the Reception Room of the Wills Memorial Building because the usual place, the Great Hall, had been damaged during the war. The lecture time was 5:30 p.m. He had been invited for the previous year but had been unable to give the lecture. The invitation appears to have been made by the Vice-Chancellor, Thomas Loveday.

Testimonies about this site's most important resource:

Chronologically Lewis "is the single most important resource in Lewis scholarship." "I not only have it bookmarked; I usually have that tab open."Diana Pavlac Glyer, Azusa Pacific University.

"Chronologically Lewis is the first search engine I go to anytime I need a Lewis question answered. As a resource for Lewis scholarship it's that important; it's that good." Charlie W. Starr, author of Light: C. S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story (Former professor of English and Humanities at a university in Kentucky)

"Chronologically Lewis is one of the best sources for fact checking dates and events in the life of C. S. Lewis. Joel Heck has provided the world of Lewis scholarship and enthusiasts a valuable resource." Professor Jerry Root, Wheaton College

"Heck has given Lewis scholars an incalculable gift with 'Chronologically Lewis.' What was once a 100,000 piece puzzle of trying to piece together the details of C. S. Lewis's life story is now a much more manageable 1,000 piece puzzle. It's really a brilliant aid."  Dr. Adam Barkman, Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Chair of the Philosophy Department, Redeemer University College (Canada) 

Diaries: If you know of any published or unpublished diaries of people who knew C. S. Lewis, please contact me via email at "Chronologically Lewis" continues to grow, but all of the major resources and nearly all of the minor ones have been mined 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 There are probably a lot of references by undergraduates to studying with Lewis, most of them unpublished.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.

Some Biographical Information

Dr. Joel Heck, Concordia University Texas, Austin, Texas, is the author or editor of fourteen books, four of them on C. S. Lewis, including reprints of the Socratic Digest and The Personal Heresy as well as his recently released book mentioned elsewhere on this page. He and his wife Cheryl have three grown children and three grandchildren.