16305Fw: "Beauty of the female" quote from THS
- Jan 31, 2006I recently tried to get some help on the quote by cross-posting to the CSL
list, SpareOom. One of their members wrote
> A wonderful clue! I've found the letterENGLISH PEOPLE, I have learned, was never published and is in an archive
> to Barfield. It
>> was written June 19, 1930. In it, Lewis mentions
>> Patmore's "Angel in the House," and writes this to
> Barfield: "What
>> particularly impressed me was his taking--what one
> expects to find
>> mentioned only in anti-feminists--the lilithian
> desire to be admired
>> and making it his chief point--the lover as
> primarily the mechanism
>> by wh. [sic] the woman's beauty apprehends itself."
>> 'Lewis expands on the idea in the next paragraph
> ("The idea of female
>> beauty is the erotic stimulus for women as well as
> men.") He then
>> says: "You are very good on this, in Margaret in the
>> referring, as Hooper helpfully says in a footnote,
> to Barfield's
>> novel, English People.
somewhere, I think at the Wade Collection. But this citation of a Lewis
letter may be the first time the idea of the "lilithian desire" crossed
Other readers checked the Patmore original and did not find the quote there.
I incline more and more to think that Lewis (a master of pastiche in any
case) composed the quote which Jane reads, himself.
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