Skemp Memorial Lecture

September 2, 2019
This version contains several changes due to Bruce R. Johnson, “The Efforts of C. S. Lewis to Aid British Prisoners of War during World War II.” I have an entry in November 1933 on Virginia Woolf and Isaiah Berlin. There are also several letters and many book reviews incorporated from Stephanie Derrick’s The Fame of C. S. Lewis. Stephanie also led me to find information on the Skemp Memorial Lecture which Lewis gave on October 7, 1943 at the University of Bristol. It was Lewis's essay on "Addison." And a careful rereading of Surprised by Joy provided me with some additional notes. There are about two thousand more words and five additional pages in length.
 

Sister Penelope

August 4, 2019

I added the following to this version: On March 8, 1951, Lewis wrote to John Philip Collins about a talk he would be giving to the Kipling Society. I added a bit more information about his stay at Sister Penelope's Convent in Wantage in April 1942. The poem, “Apologist’s Evening Hymn,” is included in a letter to Sister Penelope on July 29, 1942, because Lewis states in his letter, “I’ve just completed” the poem, perhaps even on this day. I also added a footnote to give a source fo...


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A Bunch of New Items

July 8, 2019

This version, with about 1,200 more words, has quite a few additions. It identifies Mr. R. as Alfred Rowse. In September 1944, “Myth Became Fact,” originally to be titled “A Reply to Mr. R.” (Mr. R. being Rowse,) was published in World Dominion. The Spotlight mentions that on Saturday, July 18, 1959, C. S. Lewis wrote to Miss Doris Allan, Secretary for the Commission to Revise the Psalter. about having to take a later train that will get him to Selwyn College too late for the start of...


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Charlie W. Starr, Maureen Blake

April 20, 2019
Minor changes appear in this update totaling less than 400 words. Based on Charlie W. Starr's handwriting analysis, I have changed some dates and added some notes on some of Lewis' poems. I also added some detail about Maureen Moore's (then Mrs. Maureen Blake) visit to C. S. Lewis in July 1963, when Lewis was hospitalized. Note that I have added a feature to the home page my website--a spotlight on some chronological point from the life of Lewis. It will change regularly. The reality is that ...
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Catching up on old posts

April 20, 2019
The post on March 2, 2019, is only 132 words longer than the previous one with most minor additions of additional information of items that are already there. It probably includes insights from Norbert Feinendegen on the chronology of Lewis' conversion.

Posting on Feb. 14, 2019, is almost 2,000 words longer, more information, including about Charlie W. Starr's article on the writing "On Bolshevism" and "Mythonomy." 

The post of Jan. 1, 2019, is more than a thousand words longer, which is now my...

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Cyril Clemens

November 2, 2018
This update is only about three hundred words longer (and just one page longer) than the previous version. It contains a bit more information, especially in footnotes, about some minor aspects of the chronology, including some information about two letters Lewis wrote to Cyril Clemens, a relative of Mark Twain author Samuel Clemens.in 1952. I'm trying to locate even more information about those letters, since I failed to record all of the details when I was sent copies of those letters. If yo...
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Minor Updates

September 11, 2018
Along with a few very minor improvements, the major change includes updated the numbers in parentheses at the start of each year. Most were quite close to accurate, but one year early in Jack's life and a couple of the years after Jack's death saw a significant number (two dozen or more) of additional total entries. In addition, Stan Shelley has provided me with the dates that C. S. Lewis signed his book contracts for Dymer and The Pilgrim's Regress. Thanks, Stan! Those are included. We have ...
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The Commission to Revise the Psalter

July 21, 2018
There are a few significant additions to this chronology. I have included a February 13, 1957 letter to Willis Glover. I have added a lot more on Lewis’s involvement in the Commission to Revise the Psalter, including the meeting dates of all nineteen major meetings and whether or not Lewis was in attendance (and whether or not T. S. Eliot was present also). There are also notes on five letters, previously unpublished I think, related to Lewis' work with the Commission. In addition, I have p...
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Footnotes, Billy Graham

June 19, 2018
I really thought there would be no more major updates, but this update proves me wrong. But this is probably, REALLY, the last major update. The main things included here are footnotes, citing in which book the various poems, essays, and book reviews of C. S. Lewis can be found (when that item is mentioned in "Chronologically Lewis." In that way, the reader may wonder in what collection of essays or poems that piece appears, and the reader will simply check the footnote. The footnote does not...
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All My Road Before Me

June 1, 2018

I have now completed adding notations from the parts of Lewis' diary that were not published. They all appear in The Lewis Papers and are accessible, but not widely so, since The Lewis Papers have not been published. There are several days in January 1923 (the 25th being one of them) with a lot more on Jack. In addition, I have much more on the following dates (and probably more dates than this): August 1-6, 1923; March 31, 1924; Feb. 13, 1925; Feb. 28, 1925; July 9, 1926. I am also beginning...


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This is the latest Lewis chronology:

Chronologically Lewis September 2 2019.pdf Chronologically Lewis September 2 2019.pdf
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The file that appears below lists all works of C. S. Lewis in chronological order (now 528 in number) in the location where they were first published or delivered (if spoken) as far as I am able to determine. Corrections are welcome. This version, slightly revised and added on July 11, 2019, includes works listed in the bibliography of Adam Barkman's C. S. Lewis & Philosophy as a Way of Life. It also includes the recently discovered (by Christopher Marsh) "A Christmas Sermon for Pagans" and some undated poems with estimated dates based on handwriting analysis.

TheCompleteWorksofCSLewis.pdf TheCompleteWorksofCSLewis.pdf
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This file describes what is happening in Oxford, Cambridge, the UK, and Europe at the time that Lewis writes his various poems, essays, and books, dividing the life and writings of Lewis by academic topic, i.e. English, Philosophy, History, etc. 

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