C.S. Lewis and the Ceremonies of Oxford University (1917-1925)

         First published in The Lewis Legacy, Issue 79, Winter 1999 C.S. LEWIS AND THE CEREMONIES OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY (1917-1925)         Most Christians believe that they will “stand at the Latter Day” and be subject to God’s justice and, they hope, His mercy. Lewis, after his conversion, certainly believed that he would be Continue Reading …

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963): A Brief Biography

First published in The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia in 1998. CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898-1963): A Brief Biography by John Bremer Preface This brief biography is deeply indebted to the publications, letters, and diaries of Lewis, his brother, and his friends, and to the biographical work of George Sayer and Roger Lancelyn Green. It attempts to Continue Reading …

The Epigraphs of ‘The Pilgrim’s Regress’

The Epigraphs to ‘The Pilgrim’s Regress’ by C.S. Lewis [These notes were forwarded to Arend Smilde for use in his Dutch translation of ‘The Pilgrim’s Regress’.] C.S. Lewis was fond of epigraphs and there is something to be learned from identifying them, translating them when necessary, and commenting. Quotes from the book, ‘The Pilgrim’s Regress’, Continue Reading …

From Despoina to Diotima

Originally published in The Lewis Legacy, Issue 61, pp. 6-18, Summer 1994 FROM DESPOINA TO DIOTIMA: THE MISTRESS OF C.S. LEWIS by John Bremer IN POEMS VII AND VIII OF “SPIRITS IN BONDAGE,” C. S. Lewis, writing under the pseudonym of Clive Hamilton, addresses “Despoina.” This essay is an attempt to throw some light on Continue Reading …