July 21, 2016
On tonight's podcast, we'll be looking at a letter written in 1956 by C.S. Lewis to a young fan named Joan Lancaster.
C.S. Lewis is best known as the person who brought the Chronicles of Narnia, but he also wrote many other fascinating novels, including the Cosmic Trilogy, which was a part of a deal he made with J.R.R Tolkien. He would write a "space travel" story, if Tolkien wrote one about time travel.
Unfortunately, Tolkien never never finished his. It's unfortunately because his plan was to link Middle-Earth to the modern world, which could have changed the world as we know it.
1956 was the year the very last book in the Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle was published, and the same year he published Till We Have Faces, a re-telling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche.
This is a letter about writing, from a writer, to an aspiring writer, and I love it not only because it offers some very good advice on craft, but also because it's exactly the sort of thing I needed to read tonight.
This is a good letter, filled with good ideas.
I hope you enjoy!
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