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C.S. Lewis and Julian of Norwich

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  • Romuald Lakowski
    It was actually C.S. Lewis who suggested doing an edition of Julian of Norwich to John Lawler in 1946 for his B.Litt. thesis, but since he couldn t take on
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 26, 2007
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      It was actually C.S. Lewis who suggested doing an edition of Julian of Norwich
      to John Lawler in 1946 for his B.Litt. thesis, but since he couldn't take on Lawler
      himself he sent him along to Tolkien instead. (Lewis had been John Lawler's
      undergraduate Tutor at Magdalen College in the later 30's.) See Lawler's
      book "C.S. Lewis: Memories and Reflections" (Dallas: Spense Publishing, 1998),
      p.31. (See also pp.30-39 for Lawler's comments on Tolkien).

      Lewis had first discovered Julian on Norwich in 1940 and mentioned her enthusiastically
      in letters to his brother, Owen Barfield and Bede Griffiths. At a slightly later period
      he recommended to a couple of readers both Dame Julian and Walter Hilton as spiritual
      reading * see index to Lewis Collected Letters, Vol.2. I wouldn't be surprised also to
      find references to her in Volume III, which I haven't ordered yet.

      Lawler reproduces 6 pages from Lewis's copy of Dame Julian's Revelations, complete
      with Lewis's annotations between pp.46-47 of his book.

      For other references by C.S. lewis to Julian of Norwich see The C.S. Lewis Index and
      the indices to God in the Dock, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and OHEL.

      Lewis was especially fond of quoting her aphorism "all shall be well, and all manner of
      thing shall be well."

      - Romuald Lakowski
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