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CL I, II and III refer to Lewis’s Collected Letters, volumes I (1905–31), II (1931–49) and III (1950–63), edited by Walter Hooper, London, HarperCollins, 2000, 2004 and 2006.

1 For a moving evocation of the intense – embarrassingly and confusingly intense – effect of the Narnia stories, see Francis Spufford, The Child that Books Built: A memoir of childhood and reading, London, Faber and Faber, 2002, pp. 87–107; possibly the best account of this to have been written, all the stronger for being open-eyed about Lewis’s prejudices and limitations.

2 The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis, edited by Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, including pieces by luminaries like Alan Jacobs, Kevin Vanhoozer and Stanley Hauerwas...

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