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Influence on C.S. Lewis' writing of Narnia

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Influence on C.S. Lewis' writing of Narnia

Postby JonMoore » 23 May 2007, 18:42

I searched the site and couldn't find an answer to this, so I apologize if it has been discussed.

I remember awhile ago reading that the was a female children's author who had a great influence on Lewis' writing style and some aspects of Narnia such as the use of a wardrobe as a transportation device between worlds and much of Lewis' depection of Jadis in "The Magician's Nephew" apparently based on this author's depiction of a Babylonian queen transported to (then) modern London.

I also remember reading that she was a popular children's author in the beginning of the 20th century, when Lewis would've been young.

I cannot for the life of me remember her name. Any idea? I've tried Google and Yahoo! Answers, but the best answer they can come up with is J. R. R. Tolkien, but that's definately not her. :wink:

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Postby Stanley Anderson » 23 May 2007, 19:44

I' guessing you must be thinking of E. Nesbit and the book The Story of the Amulet

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…on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a fair green country under a swift sunrise.
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Postby JonMoore » 23 May 2007, 19:55

Yes! Thank you!
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Postby JonMoore » 23 May 2007, 19:55

Yes! Thank you!
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Postby A#minor » 24 May 2007, 01:40

Just to put in a good word for Nesbit... You should really read her books!
Start with Five Children and It, then The Phoenix and the Carpet, then the Story of the Amulet. No wonder Lewis loved her books!
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Postby carol » 26 May 2007, 21:04

Here's a link to the story online.

This was discovered by Sven some time back.

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