A Severe Mercy

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I just finished rereading Sheldon Vanauken's masterpiece, A Severe Mercy, for the fourth time and adding notes from that reading. Surprisingly, I was able to add more than a thousand words to this chronology, especially by calculating the approximate dates when Vanauken wrote to Lewis. I also added the main subjects of the letters they wrote to each other, which, I think, needs eventually to be done for all letters in this document. It enables the chronology to make more sense, sound more human, and gives context to some of the activities recorded here. But that's a long-term project. And there were some other things I noticed in Vanauken that added good content. Sadly, I also learned that Vanauken burned all of his diaries, including his detailed Oxford diaries that mention meetings with Lewis, shortly after he completed writing the book.

I have also concluded that this document is too long. Consequently, in addition to retaining this 403-page manuscript, I will be dividing the document into four roughly equal-length segments for ease in searching for data in certain years.


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