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21226Re: [mythsoc] C. S. Lewis and Nightmare Alley

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  • David Bratman
    May 16, 2010
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      WendellWag@... wrote:

      >In this review, Michael Dirda wonders if C. S. Lewis ever read
      >Nightmare Alley.

      There's probably no evidence of Lewis mentioning it, or I suspect Walter Hooper would have brought the matter up in one of his books. But its sole role there is as the source of the financial success that enabled the Greshams to buy a country home.

      Lewis corresponded with Bill Gresham occasionally after he married Joy. Four survive in the Collected Letters, two simply reporting on Joy's and the boys' circumstances; the other two, both from 1957, are more personal and more interesting. They back up Joy's desire not to have the boys return to his custody - according to this, they found him terrifying - and her concerns about his unreliable alimony payments. Joy's views on both these matters are also amply testified to in her own letters to Bill, recently published.
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