Today I’ve got a bonus episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast—a conversation with Douglas Gresham. Douglas is the stepson of C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia.
In this episode, he shares…
- what C.S. Lewis was really trying to do with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- what he wishes more people knew about his stepfather
- Patti Callahan’s new book, Becoming Mrs. Lewis– what he thinks and about its accuracy
Douglas Gresham’s mother became friends with C. S. Lewis through correspondence when he was a child.
The friendship blossomed, eventually leading to marriage in 1956. His mother, Joy Gresham, died of cancer in 1960, and C.S. Lewis continued to raise Douglas and his brother.
Lewis had adopted the boys when he married, and The Horse and His Boy is dedicated to them both.
I really enjoyed this conversation, and am looking forward to hearing Douglas Gresham speak at a couple of the upcoming Great Homeschool Conventions.
Hear Douglas Gresham speak at GHC:
- Great Homeschool Convention: Fort Worth, TX March 7-9, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Greenville, SC March 21-23, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: St. Charles, MO March 28 – 30, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Cincinnati, OH, April 25-27, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Ontario, CA June 13 -1 5, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Rochester, NY August 1 – 3, 2019
- Great Homeschool Convention: Jacksonville, FL August 8 -10, 2019
We’d love for you to join us! Click here to get more information and register.
A few quotes from this episode:
“[C.S. Lewis] didn’t set out to write a series, he set out to write one book to demonstrate what children’s books should be like.”-Douglas Gresham
“He never forgot what it felt like to be a child, what sorts of things children delighted in. They were there for him to put into the books because he still had them within himself. He understood children very well, he understood what children liked to read.” -Douglas Gresham
“Even when my mother was dying, they still had their senses of humor— both of them. I think that’s important to know about Jack, that he was enormously humorous.” – Douglas Gresham
Books from this episode:
(All links are Amazon affiliate links.)
You’ll also enjoy:
- Reading for the Bigger Story with Jonathan Rogers
- Your Job is to Plant the Seed, a conversation with Sally Lloyd Jones
- Navigating Fantasy: A Guide for Christian Parents, Carolyn Leiloglou