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Letters to Children

Letters to Children

Postby Guest » 09 Mar 2006, 23:28

Hi i was wondering if anybody knew a website where i could find excerpts from Lewis' "Letters to Children".

I have an assignment due and wont have a chance to buy a copy of the book, I was just hoping to grab a few quotes from some of his letters.

thanks

Cass
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re: Letters to Children

Postby Sven » 09 Mar 2006, 23:36

Welcome, Cass!

I'm sorry, but being as Letters to Children is still in copyright, and the Lewis estate is rather aggressive about protecting that copyright, I really doubt you'll find much in the way of excerpts. Is there anything in particular you were looking for?
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: Letters to Children

Postby Guest » 12 Mar 2006, 09:57

Nothing majorly specific i was really just looking for a few quotes to explain Lewis' purpose in writing LWW. i know he explained many of the characters and the purposes that they surved and i was looking for the quotes to back that up.
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re: Letters to Children

Postby Sven » 12 Mar 2006, 13:56

Ok, here's a couple, though they aren't from Letters to Children:

C. S. Lewis wrote:Undated letter from Lewis included in a pamphlet for a Milton Society of America tribute to Douglas Bush and C. S. Lewis held 28 December 1954
It was the imaginative man in me...who has brought me, in the last few years to write the series of Narnian stories for children; not asking what children want and then endeavouring to adapt myself (this was not needed) but because the fairy-tale was the genre best fitted for what I wanted to say.

Letter to James E. Higgins dated 2 December 1962. Numbered items in response to questions in Higgins' previous letter to Lewis
(5) I turned to fairy tales because that seemed the form which certain ideas and images in my mind seemed to demand: as a man might turn to fugues because the musical phrases in his head seemd to him to be "good fugal subjects".
(6) When I wrote The Lion I had no notion of writing the others.
(7) Writing "juveniles" certainly modified my habits of composition. Thus (a) It imposed a strict limit on vocabulary. (b) Excluded erotic love. (c) Cut down reflective and analytical passages. (d) Led me to produce chapters of nearly equal length for convenience in reading aloud.
All these restrictions did me great good--like writing in a strict metre.
Letters of C. S. Lewis, edited by W. H. Lewis, 1966


Hope this helps.

Selah,
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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: Letters to Children

Postby Paul F. Ford » 19 Mar 2006, 17:04

Do you have access to any edition of Companion to Narnia? I include extracts from the most important letters in the Introduction.
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re: Letters to Children

Postby Guest » 20 Mar 2006, 22:13

Go here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/068482 ... e&n=283155

And use the Search in this Book feature to find letters about Narnia, Aslan, or whatever.
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re: Letters to Children

Postby Sven » 20 Mar 2006, 22:52

That's not a bad idea, guest, but that particular Amazon book doesn't have a 'Search the book' option. Amazon UK doesn't eithier.
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: Letters to Children

Postby Guest » 26 Mar 2006, 02:09

thanks everyone
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