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Quest of Bleheris

Comprising most of Lewis' writings.

Quest of Bleheris

Postby jenireed » 12 Mar 2009, 21:06

Hi everyone! I'm new to this site, but I've been doing research on CS Lewis for my senior research thesis, and I'm trying to track down something very particular.

In my research, I came across a chapter of a book which referenced a work that Lewis wrote while at school. This was very early (I believe before he wrote Dymer), and was only actually written in letters to Arthur Greeves. I've been searching everywhere, but I can't seem to find any extant texts of this work, which Lewis titled The Quest of Bleheris (or something similar - I'm writing this post very quickly from memory).

Is anyone familiar with this work? And does anyone know where I might come across the actual text of it? I am aware it was unfinished, but am still hoping it ended up published somewhere.

Thanks!
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Re: Quest of Bleheris

Postby Sven » 12 Mar 2009, 21:56

Welcome, jenireed!

Chad Walsh refers, and quotes, it in his The Literary Legacy of C. S. Lewis. If you look in Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume 1, you can read the letters to Arthur where Lewis discusses it. It isn't found in the Index where you'd expect, under Q. Look under "Lewis Clive Staple 'Jack'", almost the last sub-entry.
Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Re: Quest of Bleheris

Postby jenireed » 13 Mar 2009, 12:32

Thank you so much! I will check out the reference you suggested. I have looked through the Letters to Arthur Greeves you were talking about, and was really disappointed when I finally found the reference to the work, but no actual text! :-). I found what appears to be an excellent synopsis of Bleheris in The Most Reluctant Convert by David Downing, but for the sake of accuracy without bias (at least the bias of others), I'd like to find the actual text in Lewis' words if possible.

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Re: Quest of Bleheris

Postby nomad » 04 Apr 2009, 20:42

You might try contacting Wheaton College in Illinois. That's were the definitive library for Lewis resides and they would probably be able to help you.
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