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Lewis, Clive Staples (1898-1963) Autograph Letter Signed, 18 April 1950.

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Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2819TLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 27, 2015 12:00PM


Lewis, Clive Staples (1898-1963) Autograph Letter Signed, 18 April 1950.
Single sheet of Lewis's Magdalen College, Oxford stationery, inscribed on one side. To Miss McEwan, discussing the works of Charles Williams (1886-1945),including new editions and the pronunciation of key words found in the novels. Old folds, ink slightly lighter near the closing, where Lewis's pen was running low, framed, not viewed out of frame, 8 3/4 x 7 in.
"Dear Ms. McEwan,
I have not heard about any uniform edition of C.W.'s complete works. Faber is republishing the novels, I'm told, but whether uniform or not I don't know. The novels are also being republished in U.S.A. but in the present state of the [pound] I expect that edition wd. be fabulously expensive for us. There is no talk of any new edition of The Region. In fact, the prospect is bleak!
Logres is two syllables with the accent on the first and roughly rhymes with ogress. Charles himself (and most people, tho' not all) pronounced Broceliande as four syllables with the accent on the second--
The English pronunciation of Logres (as offered to either the French or Welsh) is from J. Milton's line in P. Regained By knights of Logres or of Lyonesse.
Yours sincerely,
C.S. Lewis"
Estimate $2,600-3,000

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Charles Williams, Clive Staples, Oxford, Lewis's Magdalen College, United States