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  • This is amazingly stupid, in that specialized sense in which "amazingly stupid" is a compliment. http://www.avclub.com/article/revisit-lord-rings-completely-inaccurate-guide-224283
    David Bratman Aug 24
  • For anyone who remembers Renee Alper, who was active in the Mythopoeic Society in the 1980s and attended at least one Mythcon, I regret to pass on the news that she died on Monday. Information is at http://file770.com/?p=24017
    David Bratman Jul 27
  • My favorite error in the book is a source reference to a Tolkien volume called "The Lays of Belenand." I figure that Wilson just misread his own handwriting. -----Original Message----- From: "WendellWag@^$1 [mythsoc]" Sent: Jul 27, 2015 5:38 PM To: mythsoc@^$2 Subject: Re: [mythsoc] AN Wilson on Lewis The same thing happened with one other passage in the first edition of the book...
    David Bratman Jul 27
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  • Interesting you should mention that passage, Paul. Yes, Wilson quotes Lewis expressing incredulity at the undergraduates' repellent ideas and misreads it as Lewis agreeing with those ideas. Furthermore, Wilson says he's been puzzling over this passage in Lewis's letters for years, so in all that time it never occurred to him that he'd gotten it exactly backwards. A number of...
    David Bratman Jul 27
  • Yes. My list was a quick first-pass librarian's list, not one from a scholar knowing the field. I picked those from a longer list of books on the history of English philology as the most likely-looking candidates. Had I devoted more time to it, I see I would have found Graham next. But Larry's list is fuller than anything I could have done. "Larry Swain theswain@^$1 [mythsoc...
    David Bratman Jun 17
  • I've seen both these claims from Hooper before. I have no idea if Hooper was at Barfield's bedside, but it doesn't seem implausible, as Hooper knew Barfield well. What I think of such a comment murmured in a dying man's ear I'd best keep to myself, but I have no trouble imagining Hooper saying it. However, whatever Lewis may have said to Hooper, I do not believe in the slightest...
    David Bratman Jun 16
  • Try these. I haven't looked at them, but they're the first likely possibilities I came across in a library search. Palmer, D.J. The rise of English studies: an account of the study of the English language and literature from its origins to the making of the Oxford English School. London, New York, Published for the University of Hull by the Oxford University Press, 1965. Lerer...
    David Bratman Jun 16
  • I believe it's from _Surprised by Joy_. -----Original Message----- From: "Kathleen Lamantia kathleen_lamantia@^$1 [mythsoc]" Sent: Jun 6, 2015 2:30 PM To: Mythopoeic Society Subject: RE: [mythsoc] A claim about Lewis's arithmetic abilities I believe that Lewis's most famous quote on the subject was, "on the road to every science lay the lion of mathematics." - I cannot find the...
    David Bratman Jun 6
  • It's a standard observation about Lewis that he failed the maths portion of Responsions, the entrance examination at Oxford, not once but twice, and was only kept on by a waiver as a veteran of WW1. And somewhere in Surprised by Joy he confesses his complete inability at mathematics. So the general thesis that Lewis was bad at this seems verified. Perhaps you were aware of this and...
    David Bratman Jun 6
  • ...especially has been enlightening for me as a historian is not a true expert on these subjects. > >> Posted by: "David Bratman" dbratman@^$2 dbratman1 >> Date: Sun May 31, 2015 8:45 pm ((PDT)) >> snip < >> Why? Because of scholars who tended to throw the Inklings...
    David Bratman Jun 5