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  • I'm with David on this one. I don't see anything unusual in Hooper's having been there when Barfield was dying -- the two men had been close friends for over thirty years. As to what either of them did or said, I wasn't there, so I wdn't know. Hooper was there, so I have to assume he does know. As for Lewis's potential conversion, Hooper may have felt this but I don't see any...
    John Rateliff Jun 18
  • Thanks for the news and the link, Jeremy. That's quite a lineup they've got (McGrath, Shippey, Hooper, Sayer, Barfield, and Wain on Warnie and Coghill, et al). Definitely a book I'll want to pick up once it's out. Though I think that makes FIVE collections of memoirs about CSL, unless I've missed one. --John R. On Jun 10, 2015, at 9:44 AM, Jeremy Edmonds jeremy@^$1 [mythsoc] wrote...
    John Rateliff Jun 11
  • I've heard this claim before, and have no idea whether it's true or not. I think it occurred either in one of D. Gresham's pieces (written or oral) or just possibly something by George Sayer. It's like the claim that Lewis was physically v. clumsy, lacking a functioning joint in either thumb, and unable to do something as simple as open a parcel without its being a major production...
    John Rateliff Jun 6
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  • On May 31, 2015, at 5:27 PM, scribbler@^$1 [mythsoc] wrote: > I admit that I want to know more about Warnie. I own a copy of The > Splendid Century, but haven't read it, because French history is not > really my thing. But in reading Brothers and Friends, I was amazed and > impressed by Warnie's ability in written portraiture. And then I recently > finished reading George Sayers...
    John Rateliff May 31
  • On May 30, 2015, at 2:02 AM, WendellWag@^$1 [mythsoc] wrote: http://chronicle.com/article/Oxfords-Influential-Inklings/229967/ "This erudite club included writers and painters, philologists and physicians, historians and theologians, soldiers and actors" --by painter , do they mean Tolkien? --I assume that by actor they mean Coghill, which seems a bit of a stretch. Or do they mean...
    John Rateliff May 31
  • On May 31, 2015, at 9:20 AM, 'David Bratman' dbratman@^$1 [mythsoc] wrote: "John Rateliff sacnoth@^$2 [mythsoc]" < mythsoc@^$3 > wrote: . . . THE THIRD INKLING, a new biography of Charles Williams by Grevel Lindop . . . An odd...
    John Rateliff May 31
  • While we're talking about original research and books on the Inklings, folks might want to know about THE THIRD INKLING, a new biography of Charles Williams by Grevel Lindop. Years in the making, and incorporating a great deal of original research, it looks likely to become the definitive new biography of Ch. Wms. Here's a link: http://grevel.co.uk/poetry/charles-williams-third...
    John Rateliff May 30
  • On May 30, 2015, at 8:32 AM, scribbler@^$1 [mythsoc] wrote: I think I can sift out how one could get an "unfavorable" impression of JRRT. I think it's much simpler than that. There are a considerable number of Lewis fans who value him primarily as the author of NARNIA. And it's well known that Tolkien disliked Narnia. That's enough, I think, to give a negative impression right...
    John Rateliff May 30
  • Well, that seems pretty definitive. Thanks all. --John R. On May 29, 2015, at 7:17 PM, WendellWag@^$1 [mythsoc] wrote: I was there. In fact, I was chair of that Mythcon. My memory was that L'Engle's speech was rather generic. I think that she just told a number of interesting anecdotes without developing any big theme. It's quite possible then that she just threw out her speech and...
    John Rateliff May 29
  • Hi all. I was trying to find out something via the (excellent) MYTHLORE INDEX and drawing a blank, so thought I'd consult the institutional memory here on the list about MythCons past. I know that Madeleine L'Engle was the Guest of Honor at a past MythCon (MythCon 25 in DC, back in 1994). I thought her Guest of Honor speech was printed in MYTHLORE, but I haven't been able to turn...
    John Rateliff May 29