16322Re: English People
- Feb 2, 2006Dear John,
Thanks for this additional information on Barfield's novels, and for
correcting my impression that ENGLISH PEOPLE was unfinished. I approve
your suggestion about trying to get them into print.
That's very interesting about N.I.C.E. I thought that was an obvious
pun that Lewis invented. Now that makes me wonder if he DID indeed
write the "beauty of the female" quote.
In email@example.com, John D Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
> On Feb 1, 2006, at 7:29 AM, menelvagor1939 wrote:
> > I think the reference to Barfield's unfinished novel may be important.
> > Does anyone in this group have access to the Wade collection or has
> > anyone visited it to check out Barfield's manuscript? The relevant
> > information may be found at <http://www.owenbarfield.com/>
> Yes, ENGLISH PEOPLE is at the Wade, but just for the record it's not
> an "unfinished novel". Rather, it's a long (500-page) novel Barfield
> wrote circa 1930 or shortly before that he couldn't get published.
> The only surviving copy is missing five or so chapters in the middle--
> say about twenty or thirty pages, which were removed from the
> typescript at some point for reasons unknown and lost. It's truly
> excellent, except for the ending (ironically, the only part that's
> been published: an embedded novella one character reads to the rest
> called "The Rose and the Ash-heap" (or something very similar--it's
> been over twenty years since I read the book and my memory of it
> isn't as precise as I shd like). Nor is this the only unpublished
> Barfield: the excellent short novel EAGER SPRING, which he wrote in
> the late 1980s, also languishes in unpublished limbo. I'm luckier
> there, though, since I have a copy of EAGER SPRING and can re-read it
> whenever I want (I wrote the introduction for the abortive BookMakers
> Guild edition in 1989 or thereabouts).
> Unfortunately, it's simply been too long for me to remember whether
> the lilith quote comes from Barfield's book, though Lewis does borrow
> the idea of N.I.C.E. from ENGLISH PEOPLE. I do remember that the only
> Arthurian connection is a cat named Merlin.
> It's my opinion that there'd be no better project for the Mythopoeic
> Press to undertake than trying to get these two works into print,
> possibly also with THIS EVER-DIVERSE PAIR (the story of a split
> personality, narrated by one of the two halves of main character's
> mind); among other delights it includes C. S. Lewis as a character in
> one chapter).
> --John R.
> current reading: THE GRAND TOUR by Wrede & Stevermer
> current writing: the death of Bard
> current music: CONCERT FOR GEORGE (not David Seville).
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