C.S. Lewis and Julian of Norwich
- 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