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Slight Update

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, October 2, 2017,
This version is only slightly larger (ca. 1,150 words and one page) than the last version, but it contains a few noteworthy additions, not all of which I can recall. One example is the addition of the identify of David Edwards, who spoke at the Socratic Club on Jan. 26, 1953. I also have more information about Arthur C. Clarke and Austin Farrer, having read their biographies as part of the research I'm doing for my next book.
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The Conclusion of This Project

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, August 13, 2017,

In one sense, this chronology will never be finished. New information will pop up and beg to be included, while new ways of organizing and presenting what’s here will also develop. But this major update formally concludes this project, begun during the Fall of 2004, nearly thirteen years ago. I have now just finished a read-through of all of The Lewis Papers and have recorded everything I could learn from those papers for the lives of C. S. Lewis and his brother Warren. That means that ever...


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MC Titles, General Strike, Christian News-Letter

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, May 24, 2017,
In addition to some minor details, this version includes new information, such as the titles of the four series of BBC talks that became Mere Christianity, information about the paragraph Lewis wrote for the Feb. 4, 1942 issue of the Christian News-Letter, and some details about the General Strike (a ten-day coal miners' strike) of May 3-13, 1926. There are also some historical details about clergy who served St. Mark's, Dundela, and Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry (located near the end of th...
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More Minors

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, May 4, 2017,
I have added a bit of biographical details about some of the people Lewis knew, usually in the first place where those people are named next to a specific date (not in the summary of a year). I have added things like birth and death years, occupation, that sort of thing.
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Minor Changes

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, April 26, 2017,
I have added a little information about the honorary doctorate Jack received from the University of Laval, some information about Alec Vidler, i.e., as he relates to Lewis, and some biographical information about Donald M. McKinnon.
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Proofreading Done--No Joke!

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, April 1, 2017,
While today is April Fools' Day, I have actually completed the proofreading of all 1,142 pages of "Chronologically Lewis." It was a major task, taking 6-8 months, but it was worth it. I'm almost embarrassed by the number of errors I found and corrected. However, the end result is a more accurate chronology, even if most of the errors were corrections of underlining, capitalizing a few first words in sentences, and adding publication years to many books and birth and death years to many people...
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One Thousand Pages!

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, March 17, 2017,
I have now completed the proofreading of one thousand pages, out of the 1,141 total number. The pace has accelerated as I near the completion of this task (plus I'm on Spring Break). In these last one hundred pages (completed just four days after the previous upload), I have italicized all occurrences of the word "viva" in any of its forms, a word which refers to interviews with graduating students, capitalized throughout the document both words in the phrase "The Kilns," dropped a lot of app...
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900 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, March 12, 2017,
900 pages have now been proofread and updated. Mostly, I have been adding some brief biographical information about people who speak at the Socratic Club or to whom Lewis wrote, so that the reader has a bit more context, except in those instances where the name (such as "Vincent Turner") is very common. I continue to correct minor typographical errors. The end is in sight for this complete reread and proofread.
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800 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, February 27, 2017,
I am now more than two-thirds of the way through this proofreading. These are the more interesting years, so there are two major changes or improvements. First, there is a lot more text that is bolded. Second, I have done some Internet searches about people and dates and places, subsequently adding a note about this speaker at the Socratic Club or that travel destination. For example, I found the date when the Local Defense Volunteers changed their name to the Home Guard. I added that notatio...
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700 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, February 16, 2017,
I have now proofread and added some helpful information (such as a description of The Listener, a British weekly magazine designed especially to print broadcast talks) to 700 pages. The chronology is now 1,138 pages long with more than 650,000 words and more than 3,400 footnotes. In this segment I have especially bolded more sections, which makes sense, since the years I'm reading are the years of the BBC broadcasts, The Screwtape Letters, and many other talks, letters, and essays that are fl...
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600 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, January 30, 2017,
I have reached the halfway point, and beyond, in this proofreading of the chronology. While I found a few typographical errors, I have also added some information about the people, places, and events that are recorded in these hundred pages. For example, I have added some full (rather than partial) names, corrected some titles of musical compositions, and added some birth and death years for some people.
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500 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, January 9, 2017,
In addition to having another one hundred pages proofread through page 500, there is one major addition: notice of a letter to Rev. J. L. Mortimer on Aug. 18, 1944 (thanks to Shelley and Son Books [Stan Shelley]). Lots of little corrections and a few major notes that explain better the significance of a particular event.
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400 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, December 15, 2016,
Like the rest of the last few updates, this one is mostly mundane corrections and improvements, a few of them for readability. Some of the summaries at the start of each year are now more complete. At least I'm getting into the more interesting years. I'm at the start of 1927. The Magdalen Fellowship has begun, Weldon has said "Rum thing," Lewis has met Tolkien and has tutored Betjeman, and the Coalbiters have started. This should move a bit faster now.
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300 pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, November 15, 2016,

This update—with 300 pages now proofread on this reading—contains, most importantly, the summary contents of the recently discovered (thanks, Charlie Starr!) letters from the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, some additional directions or locations, some underlinings, some minor corrections of typographical errors (including a couple of “howlers”), some additional notes on people and places that are mentioned, and an explanation of the word “mufti.”


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200 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, October 20, 2016,
Like the previous entry that came after proofreading 100 pages, this version is slightly improved. However, it also includes mention of eleven previously unpublished letters that appear in the Lanier Theological Library, Houston, Texas. The next version of this database will include a brief summary of the contents of those letters.
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100 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, October 5, 2016,
I just finished proofreading the first one hundred pages, making numerous (though minor) improvements in readability. That is what I just uploaded. I added some historical details about various people and events so as to give more context for some of the entries, such as information about "Little Tich" for the entry dated November 13, 1910. The plan is to update the chronology after every one hundred pages of proofreading. This file is not much longer, not hugely better, just incrementally im...
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Letters from Lambeth Palace Library

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, September 4, 2016,
I have made a few changes, especially incorporating the summarized contents of three letters, found in the Lambeth Palace Library and dated Feb. 28, 1942, June 9, 1946, and Nov. 11, 1946. These letters especially have to do with early meetings that resulted in the founding of the British charity, Christian Action.
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Geography etc.

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, August 18, 2016,
With this update, I have added the presumed location, or certain location in most cases, of each Lewis brother for the start of each month of each year. Some are good guesses, but most are quite certain. There are probably some mistakes, so let me know if you see something more clearly than I do. The database is now 1,122 pages long and more than 643,000 words long. I have also made a few other improvements, including the addition of Lewis's letter to Joe R. Christopher on Feb. 2, 1962, along...
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The Lewis Papers

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, July 27, 2016,
This edition of "Chronologically Lewis" is 30,000 words and 45 pages longer than the previous one. The database is now exactly 1,100 pages long. I have completely worked through Volumes 1-8 of The Lewis Papers, incorporating insights from those volumes. Volumes 6-8 were not part of the last iteration. I have moved some things to the end of the file (so readers can get a quicker start), started to add the location of each brother at the start of each month (it is sometimes hard to determine wh...
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Warren's Diaries Complete

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, June 20, 2016,
I have now read and incorporated all insights from the extensive diaries of Warren Lewis. Unfortunately, Warren talks about his brother relatively little, that is, in a way that I could incorporate things the brothers did together or things that Jack did. After 1963, of course, it's only about Warren, but this will provide a lot of material for anyone writing about Warren (as I have done). This document is 27 pages longer than the last one, totaling 1,055 pages, and it is nearly 20,000 words ...
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The Post-Jack Years

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, April 21, 2016,

This version of the chronology contains more about the post-Jack years of Warren Lewis, especially his holidays in Ireland, which he took with Len and Mollie Miller, as well as in the Walberswick area of East Anglia, where June Freud and her husband lent him the use of their cottage when she and her husband Clement were elsewhere. Whenever Warren took these holidays, he seems to have made a deal with the Millers—if you do the driving, Len, and the cooking, Mollie (although they ate out a lo...


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Minor Changes

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, February 14, 2016,
This update contains more information about the life of Warren Lewis in 1967 and 1968, plus a significant redating of some of the Great War letters to 1927 rather than 1928 (probably the most important improvement), thanks to Arend Smilde's work. This version is eleven pages and about 8,000 words longer, and it also contains a few typographical corrections. Not much else, so this is mostly a matter of minor changes.
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1,000 Pages!

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, January 3, 2016,
Happy New Year! With this post I have reached the last of my numerical goals. The chronology now has more than one hundred sources, more than a half million words, and more than a thousand pages (not to mention more than 3,000 footnotes, but that was never a goal). The thousand pages have been a long established goal, far less valuable than the actual content, but still symbolic of a minimum of value. This version of the chronology also adds a good deal more from Warren's diaries in the year ...
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Honorary Doctorate from the University of Dijon

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, December 18, 2015,
One new detail that appears in the current version of "Chronologically Lewis" is the actual date on which C. S. Lewis received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dijon. Since I had only seen it listed as a degree given by that university in 1962, I wondered if the month and day could be determined, along with some other details. See encyclopedia.com for one example of the listing of the year, or the timeline from Dallas Baptist University (which incorrectly lists 1963 as the year, b...
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Warren's Later Diaries & Stephen Thorson

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, December 16, 2015,
This posting, eleven pages and six thousand words longer than the previous one, has two primary upgrades. First, I have read and incorporated more of Warren Lewis's diaries in the years after his brother Jack's death. Second, I have been reading Stephen Thorson's excellent list of letters (published in the periodical CSL) not included in the three volumes of Collected Letters. I have added many of those letters and will continue to do so until all of them have been incorporated. By the way, t...
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Proofreading Done!

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, November 18, 2015,
Today I completed the proofreading of all 982 pages of this chronology. Boring work, but helpful to the accuracy, completeness, and readability of the text. Time to celebrate!! Throughout I have searched online for various names and places, adding some informative details about such people and places, thereby connecting the narrative more closely with the lives of Warren and Jack Lewis. I have noticed during this proofreading the attribution of honorary degrees to C. S. Lewis in five differen...
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900 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, November 15, 2015,
The proofreading is nearly at an end. This file takes the proofreading through 900 pages. There are about 900 more words, mostly explanatory comments about speakers at the Socratic Club or people to whom C. S. Lewis wrote. I have corrected a couple more spelling mistakes and found a couple of other errors. For example, I had previously listed the end of Lewis's service on the Council of Westcott House as both December 1, 1958 and December 1, 1959. Don't ask me why. Only the latter is accurate...
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Warren in 1921 and 800 pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, November 5, 2015,
This version completes the addition of material from Warren's service with the RASC in Sierra Leone in 1921, and it incorporates the proofreading of the first 800 pages. The document is now 981 pages long, within reach of the 1,000-page goal, and well past a half-million words. A new goal: at least 100 sources, which will be met because of references to unpublished letters. Some minor improvements include the addition of some biographical information about various authors and speakers at the ...
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700 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, October 20, 2015,
Another 100 pages proofread, minor corrections made, additional notes about people, a few more notes about unpublished letters by C. S. Lewis, plus a good chunk of information about Warren's activities in 1921. Another five pages and 5,000 words added.
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More Proofreading

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, October 9, 2015,
I have now proofread 600 pages, and the result is one more page and about 1,500 more words. That length has been added in two ways. First, I have continued to read the diary of Warren Lewis during 1921, while he is serving in Sierra Leone with the R.A.S.C. Whenever he gets a letter from either his father or his brother, I note that letter and its comments. Eventually I will be adding lots of information about Warren, but at this point I am only adding information relative to his father or bro...
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500 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, September 22, 2015,
I have finished proofreading another hundred pages, bringing the total to 500 pages. Now the full file stands at 947 pages and more than 527,000 words. A few corrections of typographical errors and a few notes from Warren's diaries were added, including the date in 1921 when he received word in Sierra Leone that his brother Jack had won the Vice-Chancellor's Price for his essay on "Optimism." Other minor changes, including some notes from William O'Flaherty in the latest issue of CSL.
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400 pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, September 4, 2015,
This version includes the proofreading of the first four hundred pages, more than 3,000 footnotes, 944 pages, and almost two thousand more words than the last version. Not much has changed, but a few typographical errors are now corrected and a few minor references to C. S. Lewis in the diary of Warren Lewis have been added.
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More Proofing, Wroxton College Library

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, August 23, 2015,
I have now completed the proofreading of the first 300 pages, largely correcting a few typographical errors, but also adding a few helpful details and explanatory footnotes. I have added more than 2,000 words and six pages in the process--now at 922 pages. There is a little more information about Warren Lewis's trip to Sierra Leone in 1921, plus some additional material gleaned from notes inscribed in books either given to C. S. Lewis or given by him.
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A Few Things

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, August 11, 2015,
One more page and 1,300 more words comprise this edition in comparison to the last. I have finished proofreading the second one hundred pages, adding a few details, correcting a few typographical errors, and making one major change. I had dated the donation of the stained glass window by the Lewis brothers in memory of their parents to 1935. I have corrected that to 1933, based on Jack's letters. There are also a few new notations about books given to friends at certain holidays. Other than t...
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1919, Warren's Leave

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, July 28, 2015,
This edition of "Chronologically Lewis" adds about 6,000 words and ten pages to the previous edition. It especially contains information from Warren's diary in 1919 between June 9 and August 25. That section includes a one-month leave from Warren's service in the RASC in France and Belgium, part of which was some significant time with Jack in Oxford and Belfast. That time in Belfast includes a "battle royal" (in Warren's words) on August 8 between Jack and his father over Jack's finances. In ...
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The Lewis Papers, 1895-1916

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, July 10, 2015,
This edition of the chronology has finally met one of my major goals, i.e. a half-million words. The one remaining goal, besides continued expansion and historical accuracy, is one thousand pages. The previous document was 849 pages, and this one is now 905 pages. The previous document had more than 487,000 words, and this one has more than 514,000 words, which is a huge jump of about 5.5% (I will explain that jump below). That last goal of a thousand pages is within reach in the next year. B...
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Warren Lewis in Colchester

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, June 15, 2015,
This posting mostly adds dull information about Warren Lewis's service in the R.A.S.C. during his time in Colchester, England, from late 1922 through January 1923. He and a friend hear a concert at Royal Albert Hall in London on one occasion, and one notices him musing about a tour of duty in India on another occasion. Not much else of interest. Perhaps more of interest--How can I improve this resource? Can you, the reader, suggest ways in which this chronology could be improved so that it wi...
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1922

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, May 27, 2015,
This new version includes significant updates from the diary of Warren Lewis related to the last five months of 1922. It appears that Warren consciously wrote about his relationship to Jack and father Albert, since there is so much information about those people. He begins his service with the RASC in Colchester (in East Anglia) during this period, and there is a fair amount of information about that as well. While most of the material is rather inconsequential, it nevertheless tells us more ...
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Sierra Leone

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, May 22, 2015,
This updated version contains information about the little known tour of duty by Warren Lewis in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Hitherto very little has been known about such service, which concluded on March 23, 1922. This entry includes information from his diary during January and February of 1922. There follows a gap in Warren's diary, which continues on August 14, 1922. This two-month entry contains very little of interest and certainly nothing about C. S. Lewis, not even the mention of a le...
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Warren, 1925-1927

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, April 18, 2015,
This entry includes Volume VIII of Warren Lewis's diary, which is entitled "1925-7. Colchester, Woolwich, and a Voyage to the Far East." It contains mostly Warren's diary entries about his own work with very little about Jack, except for a last day together on April 6 before Warren left on the S.S. Derbyshire from Southampton. Warren wrote a few letters to Jack and to his father, but there is not much new information about his more famous brother. I had hoped there would be some clues to Jack...
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1923-1925

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, March 10, 2015,
This update, about 9,000 words longer than the previous one, includes insights almost entirely about Warren Lewis. While there is a little about Jack, it mostly describes Warren's service in the RASC, especially serving while at Colchester, England. At the same time, knowing the whereabouts of Warren helps us at least to know that the two brothers were not together. And it fills out some of the life of Warren, most of which has been largely unknown (except a few articles, including my article...
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James Como and Don W. King

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, February 24, 2015,
This update is now 810 pages long, more than 3,000 words longer than the previous version of a month ago, containing 2,275 footnotes, and featuring insights from two major resources. First, I reread James Como's C. S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table with an eye on things I might have missed for the chronology. The chapter by Derek Brewer provided the most information, and the chapter by Walter Hooper provided a good deal more (even though nearly everything from Hooper was already incorporated). ...
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Old Article Newly Found

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, January 20, 2015,
Thanks to Christopher Marsh of New Zealand, I have entered into December 1946 of "Chronologically Lewis" the publication of the article by C. S. Lewis, "A Christmas Sermon for Pagans," which appeared in The Strand magazine that month. This article does not appear in any collection of essays by Lewis that Walter Hooper has edited. The article citation (not the article itself) is now included in the file "The Complete Works of CS Lewis," posted on this website. I have been invited to work with ...
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Minor Updates

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, January 11, 2015,
There are only 500 more words in this version, but I have made a correction about when Joy Davidman was in England (removing one place where she wasn't actually there), added some information in the opening paragraph for 1947 about the Goldsmiths' Professor of English, to which Lord David Cecil was elected, and a few other very minor improvements.
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August 4, 1938

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, December 22, 2014,
Thanks to Colin Harris of the Bodleian Library, I am updating this chronology with only about two hundred more words and no additional pages. The page count is the same as the previous listing. However, Mr. Harris provided me with information about August 4, 1938, when C. S. Lewis read his narrative poem "The Queen of Drum" at Oxford Summer Diversions, an event that Nevill Coghill was involved in. The reason for this update is that this is the sort of thing that will be necessary in the futur...
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Mostly Warren

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, November 28, 2014,
The additional information comes from December 1931 through February 1932, mostly about Warren's service in China. He mentions some letters he writes to Jack and Minto and a couple of letters he receives from Minto. Nothing remarkable in this addition. Another three pages and about 3,000 more words. The total for this resource is now more than 800 pages and nearly 450,000 words. It replaces the last update from November 14.
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More Formatting

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, November 15, 2014,
In addition to adding Bruce Johnson's information about Lewis's speaking and preaching for the RAF, I have made some fairly significant changes in format. Every year is now listed in the following format: “The Year 1943,” “The Year 1954,” etc. Every month is now listed in this format: “January 1941.” Therefore, searches for a specific month or year can more easily be done if you enter the right terms.
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1931; Formatting

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, November 9, 2014,
This document is now over 445,000 words long, almost 9,000 more than the previous posting. Almost all of that addition is from the year 1931, the year of Jack's conversion to Christianity, and ending with the last day of November. This is largely the result of more information from Warren's diaries, which includes a fair amount about Jack, since Warren was home during much of this time. The new information from 1931 contains a few minor valuable insights, but nothing earth-shaking. Perhaps th...
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Stained Glass Window

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, October 16, 2014,
This is a minor update, about a thousand words, two pages, and ten footnotes longer than the last one. Some of the changes are significant, especially those drawn from Warren Lewis's diary for 1931. There are seven more days in 1931 that have entries posted, three of them for the weekend of June 13-15, Saturday to Monday. These are days shortly after Jack's conversion to theism and two months after Warren's May 9 return to the Christian faith. That weekend Warren rode his motorcycle to the Ki...
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Warren Lewis, Oxford, and Bulford

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, September 4, 2014,
This version is about 9,000 words longer than the previous one, largely because of additional material in 1930 through about half of the month of May. But don't confuse size (more words) with quality. We have more information, but most of it is relatively unhelpful. It's mostly about Warren, but for the latter part of this time he is in Oxford, having completed a term in Shanghai and taken a ship home, the Tai Yin. That ship traveled through the Panama Canal to New York, where it docked. Warr...
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Colin Duriez

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, August 26, 2014,
This update includes a few insights from the biography of Lewis by Colin Duriez, C. S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship, released in 2013. I have also included the underlining of the names of Jack and Warren in each date where either one or both occur, so the reader can quickly tell if there is something about Jack in that date, or if the entry is just about Warren. Since Warren kept extensive diaries through the years, this chronology has a good deal about him. Given the interest of most peo...
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Warren Lewis

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, August 13, 2014,
This update includes a lot more information about Warren Lewis and very little information about Jack Lewis, apart from the mention of a postcard or two that Warren sent to his brother. The departure from Shanghai and the ensuing travel by ship through the Pacific Ocean by way of San Francisco (even past Alcatraz to Pier 41) and through the Panama Canal are included in this edition, mostly confined to the first few months of 1930. Part of its importance is in placing Warren some distance from...
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Arthur Greeves

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, July 17, 2014,
Having just worked through most of the diaries of Arthur Greeves, I have added a lot of information about Arthur's relationship with Jack (mostly letter-writing) in 1917, 1918, and 1922. There is not much else, except that I also added an item or two that Bruce Johnson sent me and I ran the spell-check on this 667-page document. Needless to say, there is a lot more information than last time (by more than 3,000 words), including some corrections. This database is better than ever, more compre...
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The Stella Aldwinckle Papers

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, July 14, 2014,
This update adds another 13,000 words to this 655-page document, which has nearly 1,900 footnotes and over 415,000 words. It contains a great deal more information about the meetings of the Socratic Club, especially between 1942 and 1955. In many cases, it includes some key ideas presented in papers read to the Socratic Club as well as responses by various people, including those by C. S. Lewis, Austin Farrer, E. L. Mascall, and others. Some of those who attended, who are known to have had co...
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The Socratic Club

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,
This posting takes us over the 400,000 word mark with 633 pages and nearly 1,700 footnotes. I have added a lot about Warren Lewis in the late 1920s, most of it rather irrelevant, but I have also added a lot of information about the Socratic Club, based on the records of the attendance book that Stella Aldwinckle kept, including the first two years after Lewis was no longer its president (1955 and 1956) because of his new position at Cambridge University. In addition, I discovered a little jew...
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More of Warren Lewis

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, June 18, 2014,
Like the last update, this posting mostly contains more of Warren's service in Shanghai up to and shortly after the death of Albert Lewis, his father, i.e. through 1929. It also contains a bit of information from Andrew Lazo's edition of Early Prose Joy and an article by Eric Stanley in the latest Journal of Inklings Studies. See the list of resources at the end of the nearly 400,000-word and more than 600-page document. This version is about 5,000 words longer than the previous one.
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Mostly Warren Lewis

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, May 17, 2014,
This new update is about 6,000 words longer, dealing mostly with the service of Warren Lewis in Hong Kong and Shanghai during 1928. There is little information of interest, unless the daily routine of someone serving with the Royal Army Service Corps in China is of interest. There is almost nothing about his brother Jack, and no mention of letters from Jack.
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Collected Letters, Volume 1

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, March 30, 2014,
This update is the result of reading the first volume of Lewis's Collected Letters for accuracy, completeness, and the like. This reading resulted in a couple more dates in the chronology, a couple of minor corrections, and mostly more detail in the chronology between 1912 and 1931.
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Edwin Brown

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, March 9, 2014,
Ordinarily I wouldn't upload a new version just four days after the previous one, but this is different. I have just finished reading Edwin Brown's In Pursuit of C. S. Lewis, after owning it for seven years and never reading it until now. I recently learned that a lot of chronological information appears in the book, so I have incorporated nearly 3,000 words of information about publication dates, especially first American editions of Lewis's books. An occasional date is a new date, and lots ...
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The Abolition of Man

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, March 5, 2014,
This post contains some additional details about Lewis's letters (from volume 1), an extra date or two, some entries from Edwin Brown's book, In Pursuit of C. S. Lewis, but especially one major change. Based on comments and research from Brenton Dickieson, who wrote to Oxford University Press, I have moved the publication of The Abolition of Man from Jan. 6, 1943 (before Lewis gave these lectures) to Jan. 6, 1944. There are other reasons for this change, including a letter of congratulation t...
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Through 1963

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, January 25, 2014,
All of Warren Lewis's diaries from Feb. 27, 1932 through July 29, 1966 have now been read and incorporated into this chronology. This most recent version completes the year 1934. The years 1919 through Feb. 26, 1932 remain to do. In addition, I have incorporated the publication dates of several more book reviews of C. S. Lewis, those now available in C. S. Lewis: Image and Imagination, recently published by Cambridge University Press and containing some previously unpublished reviews and arti...
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More on 1934

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, January 9, 2014,
While 1934 was not a big year for C. S. Lewis, at least not in a literary sense, this posting contains about 28,000 more words than the previous one. This is because the footnotes (about 11,000 words) are now being counted in the total and because more material has been added from the diary of Warren Lewis, much of it about a holiday in Ireland during the month of August. Jack was on that holiday and figures in many of the events. This version contains a lot of information about family dynami...
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Image and Imagination and 1934

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, December 20, 2013,
The latest version of "Chronologically Lewis" contains several additional book reviews of Jack not previously included. They come from Walter Hooper's new book, Image and Imagination, released earlier this year by Cambridge University Press and containing about forty book reviews that C. S. Lewis did. This book corrected a couple of dates, one of them, for example, that was off by exactly one year. In addition, I have continued to read through the diaries of Warren Lewis during March through ...
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Warren's Diaries of 1934

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, November 30, 2013,
This latest post, completed just ten days after the previous one (due to some extra available time during Thanksgiving break), is about 1,700 words longer. It covers only parts of the first three months of 1934, including especially some information about household dynamics (Minto is still rather well thought of by Warren, the bickerings of servants, the pets, even to the naming of one cat, etc.) and information about the landscaping of the grounds of the Kilns which Warren and Jack are doing...
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1933-1934

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, November 21, 2013,
This update is about 1,400 words longer than the last one, containing more information (most of it quite minor) about December 1933 and January 1934. I have also made a couple of slight corrections, one of them about events surrounding the purchase of Phantastes in 1916. The information for 1933 and 1934 comes from Warren Lewis's diaries, and the Phantastes correction comes by way of Devin Brown's new biography of Lewis, A Life Observed, who uses references in various places, including the in...
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1933

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, October 19, 2013,
This latest update adds some information from September, October, and November, 1933, making the chronology about 3,000 words longer than the previous version. This includes a couple of minor corrections. While this is not one of the important periods in Lewis's life, it is a time when Warren is working on The Lewis Papers. In spite of Mrs. Moore's atheism, her daughter Maureen attended church with Warren and Jack on occasion, so her atheism may have been more of an act than an ideology.
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The Martlets

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, September 14, 2013,
This update is about 1,200 words longer than the previous one. Most of the changes have come from information I gained by reading Walter Hooper's article "To the Martlets," an article that appears in Carolyn Keefe's book on Lewis as both speaker and writer. The other major change is that in most months, I have added the year to the recorded month and day at the first recorded day of that month. In some cases, it is not necessary because of the small number of events listed for that year, but ...
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Proofreading Done

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, September 1, 2013,
This new file completes the second proofreading in the past year. That should bring the chronology to a level of completeness and accuracy not previously attained. I am very pleased with the result, which especially aimed at readability, as the previous post indicated. One of the major improvements to this version is the adding to the Cambridge years Jack's travel to and from Cambridge, leaving on an afternoon train on Monday and returning to Oxford by 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, although occasion...
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400 Pages

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, August 26, 2013,
With this update, I have proofread 400 pages of the chronology. This has resulted in adding a number of presumed Inklings meetings, many of them unsubstantiated, up to the time that the last Thursday evening meeting of the Inklings took place. I have also corrected some spelling mistakes and a couple of minor errors. The chronology now passes the 318,000-word mark and reaches 532 pages. As always, send me corrections or inquiries, if you see some discrepancy. Tell your friends, if they want t...
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Major Improvements

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, August 21, 2013,
This update consists of major editing and additions to the tune of more than 15,000 words, especially for readability. I have checked on author names (occasionally adding a first name), family names, book titles (giving the full title instead of an abbreviated one, or adding an explanatory footnote), geographical locations, typographical errors, italics, complete sentences, and minor content errors. I have added 11:30 a.m. as the normal meeting time for the Inklings on Tuesday mornings at the...
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George Sayer

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, August 11, 2013,
This update is nearly 10,000 words longer than the previous one, and it completes the additions that come from reading more of the diaries of Warren Lewis from 1947-1949. The major change includes several trips to Malvern, where Jack and Warren (sometimes only Warren) visited George and Moira Sayer. George Sayer taught at Malvern College, one of the schools that both Warren and Jack attended. Occasionally, they were able to get away from the Kilns (and from Mrs. Moore!) by spending a weekend ...
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Warren Lewis' Diaries

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, August 1, 2013,
This new posting crosses two thresholds. It is more than 500 pages long and more than 300,000 words in length. It contains most of the work I gleaned from Warren Lewis' diaries from the years 1947 and 1948, more of which I read this summer at the Wade Center. While a lot of it has to do with trips to Ireland and Malvern that Warren took, there are many times when both Warren and Jack are together. Occasionally they do a brief walking tour. On one of Warren's trips to Ireland, he became ill an...
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Andrew Lazo Edition

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, July 23, 2013,
This new edition of Chronogically Lewis is about 4,000 words longer than the previous one, based largely on my latest work at the Marion E. Wade Center in Wheaton, Illinois. It has several additions thanks to Andrew Lazo, and I have given credit in footnotes to Andrew. One of these dates is the death of Flora Lewis's father in 1905. The three other major changes are the walking tours that the Lewis brothers took in 1938 and 1939 and the Riddell Memorial Lectures that C. S. Lewis gave in Newca...
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Another Proofreading

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, July 1, 2013,

I have just finished proofreading (again) the first hundred pages. I have been looking for improved formatting, corrections of spelling, more complete information (such as the mention of an occasional author's name instead of just the title), and context (with the elimination of contradictions in context). This has resulted in the discovery of a few mistakes, such as the listing of two honorary doctorates in 1946, the conferral of the first one probably being an error (although it remains in ...


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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, completed

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, June 22, 2013,
With this new version of Chronologically Lewis, I upload a document that incorporates all of the information I could glean from Tolkien's letters. While not much longer than what I uploaded when halfway through the letters, it contains three interesting additions and then some. Those additions are a quotation from Feb. 8, 1951, when Lewis met his friends at the Royal Oxford for dinner after having lost the election for the Chair of Poetry to C. D. Lewis. The other two additions surround...
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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, June 15, 2013,

There is actually one step prior to doing more of Warren Lewis's diaries--The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. This update is based on additional information that has come from reading the first half of The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. Occasionally, I was able to remove the word “presumably” from a date that the Inklings met, added some data from meetings between Jack and Tollers, an occasional reference to an Inklings meeting not otherwise noted, footnoted some references more accurately (in...


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Milestone

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, June 8, 2013,
This update completes the proofreading of all of the Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis. The narrative of "Chronologically Lewis" now reads a bit more smoothly, since the contents of all letters are summarized under each date. Some minor corrections were also made in the chronology, and more footnotes appear. Next up: reading more of the unpublished diary of Warren Lewis and incorporating insights on one or both brothers as a result.
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Through May 1930

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, June 1, 2013,
This update takes us through May 1930 and 900 pages of Collected Letters, Vol. I. Since a *.pdf file is able to be searched, a search for terms such as "Scott" (for Sir Walter Scott) should produce the places where Lewis wrote about him in his letters. There are only 77 more pages to reread and the process of rereading all three volumes of Collected Letters, making corrections, and adding summaries of the contents of all of Lewis's letters will be complete.
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Through 1922

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, May 30, 2013,
This post includes the next one hundred pages, proofread and updated, for the Lewis chronology through page 600 of Collected Letters, Volume I. It improves the chronology up through 1922, leaving 1923-1930 yet to do in order to complete all three volumes of Collected Letters. As usual, I have found a letter or two that I missed, added some details, etc. I have noted a chronological problem during July 1921, when Jack took a week with his father and Uncle Augustus and Aunt Anne Hamilton via au...
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Preparation for Responsions

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, May 18, 2013,

This new file, uploaded just sixteen days after the last one (it's summer for me, so my schedule is lighter) contains a major upgrade. It includes about 5,500 more words, many of them about Lewis' reading list for Responsions during the first three months of 1917, but some of it about the contents of many of his letters and one or two other letters I had somehow previously missed. He arrived in Oxford for scholarship examinations on March 20, 1917, and the previous three months he kept a read...
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Phantastes

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, May 10, 2013,
This latest version of the chronology is, of course, longer and with more detail than the previous one, taking us through almost half of 1916 (starting from the beginning of his letters). As I reread Volume 1 of Collected Letters, I see a few things I missed and add them. Mostly I add more detail, but occasionally I get an insight. One fascinating (to me at least) such detail is that I have discovered the actual date that Lewis bought Phantastes, March 4, 1916. Others probably already know th...
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Collected Letters, Vol. I

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, April 26, 2013,

This chronology is about 3,000 words longer than the previous one. It contains especially information about letters written by Jack during the first years of his life, through 1914, from Collected Letters, Vol. I. As usual, I found a couple of letters and a couple of incidents I had previously missed. Included in this version also are some notes from The Lewis Papers, an unpublished set of papers, letters, diaries, etc. that Warren Lewis put together.


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Collected Letters, Volume II

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, March 29, 2013,
This updated chronology includes all of the contents of Jack's letters, briefly summarized, from Volume II of Collected Letters. It covers the years 1931 through 1949. As in the previous versions, I have included a couple of letters previously not included (I somehow missed them the first time through) and a few events previously overlooked. A very few corrections to the chronology were made. This version also includes a date for the publication of The Four Loves, which I got from William O'F...
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1931-1947

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, March 14, 2013,
With this new posting, just thirteen days after the previous one, I have completed the summarizing of contents of the letters of Lewis through 1947. During this work, I noticed several letters previously not included (although I don't know why, probably just carelessness on the first read-through of Volume 2), hence the value of proofreading Collected Letters, Volume 2. One letter was to Sister Penelope and another to Dorothy L. Sayers. They don't tell much of what Lewis was doing, but they a...
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McGrath, C. S. Lewis, A Life

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, February 19, 2013,
This latest posting completes the additions to this chronology, based on Alister McGrath's recent biography of Lewis (to be released on March 1). It includes McGrath's redating of Lewis's conversion to theism and also to Christianity, but it has many other additional new pieces of information. It also adds additional information about the content of Lewis's letters in the early 1940s, as I continue that project of adding such information to this chronology. My review of McGrath's book will ap...
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Alister McGrath

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, February 9, 2013,
This new posting is about 2,000 words longer, mostly because I have given the contents of Jack's letters through 1941 (I have now read through and added brief material from half of Vol. II of Collected Letters), but also because I have incorporated some insights from the first part of Alister McGrath's new biography of Lewis, just about to come out from Tyndale House in 2013 (I have a prepublication copy), C. S. Lewis, A Life: Eccentric Genius. Reluctant Prophet. McGrath breaks some new groun...
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I can't believe ...

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, January 26, 2013,
I can't believe that I never put into the 1914 chronology (on September 21) that Jack began translating Homer with Kirkpatrick for the first time. But he did and probably continued daily for quite some time, although I didn't put all of that into the chronology. The other item I missed is the incorporation of a number of RAF talks that Lewis did, based on a fine article by Bruce R. Johnson in Volumes 5/6 2011-2012 of Sehnsucht. With this latest update, which also adds a little in the way of l...
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Does anyone read these postings?

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, January 21, 2013,
I have a new update of the chronology, one that includes the brief contents of the letters of Lewis during most of the decade of the 1930s. It also includes some information from Laurence Harwood's book, C. S. Lewis, My Godfather. But my real question is this: "Does anyone really read these postings?" Email me if you do. Thanks.
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Collected Letters, Vol. II

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, January 1, 2013,
With this post, I make a few minor corrections and add information about Jack's letters in Volume Two of Collected Letters. In addition, it includes some significant additional information about three walking tours in the mid-1930s, i.e. 1936, 1937, and some of 1938. Happy New Year!
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1950-1963

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, December 6, 2012,
All of the years from 1950 to 1963, the year of Lewis's death, have the summarized content of each letter included in the posting for that year. This allows the narrative of the chronology to make more sense, show what is covered, what's on Lewis's mind, and at times show how that relates to other events going on in his life at that time. That should make this chronology more useful to the reader. Now to do the same with Volumes 1 and 2 of Collected Letters. This will take some time, of course.

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Vice President Lewis

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, November 17, 2012,
This new version of "Chronologically Lewis" is a major upgrade in five ways. First, it has all of the dates of Lewis' service on the Council (Board of Trustees) at Westcott House, Cambridge. Second, it contains meetings that Lewis attended in 1941 during the year of his Vice Presidency of Magdalen College. Third, from 1950 through 1959, I have added a summary of the topics addressed in the letters that Lewis wrote. This makes the chronology much more useful, rather than just saying, "Jack wri...
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Board of Trustees, Westcott House, Cambridge

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, November 3, 2012,
This version of "Chronologically Lewis" contains the general dates of Lewis' service on the Board of Trustees of Westcott House, Cambridge. His term started in 1955 and ended in December 1959. This bit of detail had been unknown until I visited Westcott House a couple of weeks ago and inquired about the room in which Lewis gave the talk, "Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism." Email correspondence with a member of the staff has resulted in this new information.
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Contents of Letters, Board of Trustees

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, November 2, 2012,
With this update, I have decided to move to an improved format wherein I briefly mention the key topics in the various letters Lewis wrote on any given date. This is a huge project, one that will probably take years to complete, but it should result in a more useful database of material. Since PDF files are searchable, it may also help researchers a bit more.

On another note, I have recently learned, while on sabbatical in Cambridge, England, that C. S. Lewis served on the Board of Trustees of...
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St. Hilda's and the Socratic Club

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, October 22, 2012,
This posting adds some details from an oral history by Stella Aldwinckle, based on her account of a meeting of the Socratic Club on Jan. 24, 1944. It also corrects one detail related to Jack's military service in 1917.
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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 hum...
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Intellectual History

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, October 4, 2012,
After having worked through my intellectual history of Oxford and Cambridge during the Lewis years (available on this website), I have added about a thousand words and a lot more good information about C. S. Lewis. Surprisingly, Jack's lecture at Westcott House in Cambridge, "Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism," had not been mentioned in the chronology. Nor had his talk to Bedford College in London on "Shelley, Dryden,and Mr. Eliot." Lots of other items were added to a document now over 4...
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Proofreading Done

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, October 2, 2012,
I have now completed proofreading all 399 pages and more than 266,000 words of this 3.02 MB file. This helped me to see other events that should be added, including an additional schedule from Warren during 1966. The use of those schedules can help a person reconstruct in more detail the likely series of events of Jack or Warren. The document is now about 1,500 words longer and a bit more accurate. A couple of chronological mistakes were found and corrected. The number of footnotes now approa...
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200 pages proofread

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, September 28, 2012,
Most of the previous post applies to this post, which marks the finishing of the proofreading of the next one hundred pages, two hundred in total. This project is now halfway done on a document that has more than 226,000 words. For example, a double listing for the death of a Lewis family dog, Mr. Papworth, has been eliminated (not that this is all that important). Other minor corrections have occurred as well, some of them typographical, as the previous post indicates. This is very boring wo...
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Proofreading and Updating

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, September 25, 2012,
In a fairly major effort, I have proofread the first one hundred pages of this nearly 400-page document and made lots of small changes and a couple of corrections. I have also added the first ever photo, a picture of the building in Cambridge where Lewis lectured most of the time at 8 Mill Lane during his later Cambridge years. Lots of the changes are spelling corrections, punctuation corrections, changing past tenses to present tenses for consistency, and improvements in phrasing. However, t...
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Warren Lewis's Diary

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, August 22, 2012,
This new version of "Chronologically Lewis" now has about 13,000 more words, and about 20 more pages, than the previous version, including new information from a couple of weeks in September 1949 when Warren was on a holiday in Ireland and especially extensive notes from January 1931 and January-August 1933, including two walking tours that Warren took with Jack. The good news is that there is now a lot more information; the bad news is that it is not all that important, since it does not com...
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Dorothy L. Sayers

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, July 24, 2012,
I have just finished incorporating all of the relevant references to C. S. Lewis from the four volumes of letters from Dorothy L. Sayers. This is a fairly significant update, since nearly 500 words were added to this database. While many of her references are merely comments in letters to others about one or more of the writings of Lewis, there were some letters she wrote to Lewis, either in response to a letter of his or on her own initiative. When these are paired with Lewis' letters, we le...
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Spirits in Bondage dedication

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, June 18, 2012,
LIke the last post, this post introduces a single change to the database of events in the lives of Jack and Warren Lewis. I noticed a dedication of a copy of Spirits in Bondage to his father when reading through Gilbert and Kilby's Images of His World. Lewis dedicated a copy of that book to his father and inscribed it on Saturday, March 29, 1919. Consequently, not having added that previously to this database, I have now added that minor point. Presumably, there are other similar dedications ...
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"Never again."

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, June 7, 2012,
I have updated the chronology by adding one entry for Feb. 10, 1924. It is the famous posting, "Never again," which Lewis wrote on the endleaf of his copy of Don Juan. This is mentioned in  the chapter "Checkmate" in Surprised by Joy, but I also saw those words with my own eyes on the very copy of Don Juan that Lewis once owned.
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Another New Letter

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, May 8, 2012,
Well, imagine this. Just four days after making some changes to this chronological database because of the "discovery" of two new letters, I get to make another change based on still another new letter. Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith, archivist at Magdalen and Univ., discovered a letter to the Master of Univ. upon the decision to elect Lewis as an Honorary Fellow. That letter of apppreciation was written on Friday, Feb. 13, 1959. That new information has been incorporated into this database for that...
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Two New Letters

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, May 4, 2012,
A recent visit to the Harry Ransom Center brought me into contact with two new letters by C. S. Lewis, written in October of 1952 to a Miss Ross/Mrs. Young about her new novel, Time's Corner, whose title she borrowed from a quotation by the Green Lady in Lewis's Perelandra. Therefore, I updated one date and added another one. The longer of the two letters is 453 words long, so it's a fairly significant one. However, Lewis does not really say anything new. He is cordial and complimentary to th...
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Intellectual History

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, April 2, 2012,
This new file (to the right, entitled "Intellectual History of Oxford and Cambridge"), some 106,000+ words in length, puts all of the works of Lewis in chronological order. It divides all of these works by area (English, History, Philosophy, etc.) and discusses the events going on at that time that affected the content of what Lewis wrote. This is a fairly technical document, but one that will interest the Lewis scholar in particular. Let me know if you have some information that could enhanc...
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Colin Duriez

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, February 12, 2012,
I have found one small item from July 4, 1938, when Jack met Charles Williams for lunch in London. That's about the only change from the previous version of "Chronologically Lewis." It comes from Colin Duriez's book C. S. Lewis & Tolkien: The Gift of Friendship.
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Joy Davidman Gresham Lewis

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, November 8, 2010,

This posting corrects some errors in information about Joy Davidman, Jack's wife from 1956 until 1960. A study of dates and events and comparisons of the same have provided a check and balance. I have removed some redundancy, eliminating two events that appeared twice, one of each of them in the wrong place. I have also made some additions to this document, based on the completed reading of William Griffin's fine biography of Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis.


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Clive Staples Lewis

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, November 2, 2010,
I am currently reading William Griffin's biography of Lewis, entitled Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life. Based on some notes I have gleaned from that book, I have updated the chronology. As I continue to read this book, I will make additional changes and corrections. Griffin has done in narrative form what I am attempting to do with "Chronologically Lewis," striving to make this resource the most accurate and complete record of the events in the life of C. S. Lewis and his brother Warren. ...
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A couple of additions and corrections

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, October 29, 2010,
I just made a few minor changes, including the correction of a date early in Jack's life.
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The Letters of Charles Williams

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, October 23, 2010,
I just finished working through all of the references to C. S. Lewis in the book, To Michal from Serge: Letters from Charles Williams to His Wife, Florence, 1939-1945. I was able to add eighteen notes, more than 400 words in all, all of them footnoted, as a result of working through the well indexed references to C. S. Lewis. That's quite a bit of additional information that is probably not available anywhere else. This is exactly the type of book that I now need to build on the historical ch...
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A Love Observed

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, October 21, 2010,
I just finished reading Lyle Dorsett's biography of Joy Davidman, now entitled A Love Observed. It used to be called And God Came In. I incorporated some dates from this book and updated the database as a result. Consequently, I have uploaded the new version, although it changed relatively little.

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Lenten Lands

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, October 14, 2010,
In this new posting, I have done two things. First, I have reread Douglas Gresham's book, Lenten Lands, the story of his life with Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis. I have taken all chronological references and incorporated them into my database. There were not many additions, but see especially the interesting account on Guy Fawkes' Day, Nov. 5, 1959. The more complete account, of course, is in Lenten Lands. There were a few other items besides this event, so the database continues to grow.

The s...
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George Sayer's biography, Jack.

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, August 14, 2010,
With this posting, I have reread (for the fourth time) George Sayer's excellent biography of C. S. Lewis, entitled Jack. During the reading, I made notes on events that could supplement the chronological database. I am happy to report that there were many such additions, although only about 300 words in total. All of them are now documented by footnotes. One of the first additions comes from Dec. 25, 1919, that date that Jack stopped receiving army pay. While this is minor, it is still a docu...
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Cambridge Lecture Lists now posted

Posted by Joel Heck on Sunday, July 25, 2010,
I have completed the data entry for the Cambridge Lecture Lists. Lewis started lecturing at Cambridge University in 1955, so these lecture lists, provided to me by one of the library staff at the University of Illinois, are now included. I have assumed that the beginning and end of term dates for Cambridge University were the same as those for Oxford University. I have been assured that this happened at times, but not always. Therefore, this updated file needs to be understood as not fully gu...
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Cambridge Lecture Lists

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, June 30, 2010,
I now have the lecture lists for the years that Lewis taught at Cambridge University (1955-1963). Over the next couple of months I will be incorporating information from those lists into the database known as "Chronologically Lewis."
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Oxford Gazette lecture lists

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, May 19, 2010,
This new file, dated May 18, 2010, has 13,000 more words than the previous version, which means a lot more information about what Lewis did when and where. I have added information about the lectures that Lewis gave during his tenure at Oxford University. There are some flaws, most notably an uncertainty about when certain terms ended. The start of term is listed in the Oxford Gazette, but not the end of term. End of term dates are available elsewhere, but this often meant that Lewis seemed t...
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Next Item: Lecture Lists

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, May 6, 2010,
With the help of a librarian, I am about to receive the lecture lists of Oxford professors, which will enable me to include the dates, times, locations, and topics of various sets of lectures that C. S. Lewis gave between 1925 and 1954. Stay tuned.

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Light on C. S. Lewis, edited by Jocelyn Gibb

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, May 6, 2010,
I have now finished reading and incorporating insights from Light on C. S. Lewis, amounting to about 5,000 additional words, which is a very significant amount of additional information. The pdf file is now 290 pages and about 156,000 words in length. Most of the additions from Light on C. S. Lewis are dates on which articles, book reviews, books, and letters of Lewis were published, but a few insights were gained from reading the text, such as the month in which John Lawlor met Lewis. Often ...
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Green and Hooper complete

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, April 10, 2010,
With the completion of the reading of C. S. Lewis: A Biography, by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper, I have incorporated all of the chronological notes about events in the life of C. S. Lewis and his brother Warren. Those notes, and they are many dozens, have now been incorporated into this April 2010 edition of "Chronologically Lewis." This means that most of the major sources for this type of information have been read and their insights added. Only bits and pieces remain, presumably,...
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Green and Hooper

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, April 9, 2010,
Within the next few days I should finish reading and incorporating dozens of updates from the Green and Hooper (1974 revised edition) biography of Lewis. Both men have kept diaries, which, though unpublished, provided a lot of material for the book on which they collaborated. Presumably, most of the contacts with Lewis were incorporated into the biography, especially those private meetings between each of them and Lewis and the trip to Greece in the spring of 1960. Look for an updated version...
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Green and Hooper

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, March 15, 2010,
I am reading Roger Green and Walter Hooper's biography of Lewis. Since both of these men knew Lewis personally, especially Green, they know some things about Lewis that others don't. I have already posted the additional details about the Greek itinerary during the Spring of 1960, but I am finding new information quite regularly in this biography. I suspect that some of the details are inaccurate, so I am footnoting much more frequently. This is the type of reading that will enable more inform...
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Roger Green and the Greece Trip

Posted by Joel Heck on Wednesday, March 10, 2010,
This update of "Chronologically Lewis" includes the details of Jack and Joy's trip to Greece with Roger and June Green, April 3-14, 1960. In addition, I have discovered the date, audience, and place when Lewis delivered the address "Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism," i.e. on Jan. 28, 1940. See that date for more details.

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Additions to 1941

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, March 9, 2010,
As I have been working on an article about the publications of Lewis in 1941, I have noticed a few corrections and additions that are needed. Consequently, the changes in this March 9 version of "Chronologically Lewis" apply almost exclusively to the year 1941. William Griffin's book Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life offers a year by year description of much that was going on in Lewis's life, based especially on Lewis's correspondence. One thing I am especially conscious of is the need to ...
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Lots More

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, February 8, 2010,
Using the Preface to On Stories, I found dates when various articles of Lewis were published in Time and Tide and other periodicals. I was surprised that I hadn't included these previously, but it illustrates the fact that there is a lot of information still out there that could be included in this chronological database. Please send me your additions and corrections. (2-8-2010)
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New Item, thanks to Colin Duriez

Posted by Joel Heck on Saturday, February 6, 2010,
Just today, as I read Colin Duriez's Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, I discovered another chronological and historical piece of information about Lewis, coming from 1938, a year in which I have relatively little information. Read page 86 ot the Duriez book to see what I discovered. This is the type of thing that I am hoping other Lewis scholars, or casual readers, will send me. I think I have most or all of the data from the major sources--diaries and collections of letters b...
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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted by Joel Heck on Friday, February 5, 2010,
Today I finished adding to the document "Chronologically Lewis" the additional items (Tolkien occasionally met with Lewis and Charles Williams on Monday mornings) and some details (such as the names of people who attended certain meetings of the Inklings) from The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. This filled in some valuable information that gives a fuller picture of Lewis's schedule over the years. Additional books need to be checked, and I welcome any suggestions from people who know of books tha...
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The Sir Walter Scott Society

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, January 5, 2010,
I have added a few tidbits about Lewis' address to the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Society, which he gave on March 2, 1956 before approximately 237 members of the Society. Correspondence with the editor of their annual report resulted in that additional information. (1-5-2010)
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The unpublished diary of J. O. Reed

Posted by Joel Heck on Thursday, December 24, 2009,
An undergraduate at Magdalen during 1949-1950, J. O. Reed kept a diary. During the writing of Irrigating Deserts, Reed transcribed and sent to me the appropriate parts of his diary that applied to C. S. Lewis, with whom he took tutorials. I have now incorporated those diary entries into the chronology, giving some additional insight into Lewis' daily activities. (12-23-2009)

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All Years

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, December 22, 2009,
In addition to adding the year 1945, I have uploaded the entire document, "Chronologically Lewis," which shows what Lewis was doing on any given day for which we have data on any part of his life. My main reason for posting this is to advance the study of Lewis. This will happen only if, as you see errors or omissions, you send me information that will enable me to update the document. I will do so and upload an improved version. So the document is a work in progress, and I hope that you will...
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Chronologically Lewis

Posted by Joel Heck on Monday, December 21, 2009,
A lot has been written about Lewis, but no one has catalogued all of the things that Lewis wrote and did, day by day, month by month, year by year. That has now been done. This required reading through all of the Collected Letters, Volumes I, II, and III, the diary of C. S. Lewis and that of Warren Lewis, and other books, documents, and resources. These have been compiled into this document entitled "Chronologically Lewis." Now students of Lewis, and scholars of Lewis, can see what Lewis was ...
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This is the latest Lewis chronology:

Chronologically Lewis October 1 2017.pdf Chronologically Lewis October 1 2017.pdf
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The file that appears below lists all works of C. S. Lewis in chronological order (now 472 in number, one more than the previous version because of the addition of the brief "Undergraduate Criticism" from 1960) 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 March 18, 2017, 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."

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. 

Intellectual History of Oxford and Cambridge.pdf Intellectual History of Oxford and Cambridge.pdf
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