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, you’ll hear:
- 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
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Quotes to remember:
“[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:
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Now a USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller!“Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, that tests the bounds of faith and radically alters both of their lives. Their connection c...More info →
The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics (8-Volume Box Set): An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The … The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves
A gorgeous boxed set that includes all eight paperback volumes of the C. S. Lewis Signature Classics.Boxed together for the first time, here are the signature spiritual works of one of the most celebrated literary figures of our time. Perfect for gift-giving, The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics (8-Vo...More info →
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The hardcover box set of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, with cover art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and the full black-and-white original interior art by Pauline Baynes.More info →
Through this enchanted painting Edmund and Lucy, accompanied by their unwilling and unpleasant cousin Eustace, once again enter the magical world of Narnia.More info →
Douglas Gresham claims that Jack Lewis was the finest man and the best Christian he has ever known. Of course, Jack to Douglas is C. S. Lewis to the rest of the world. The informal address Gresham uses to refer to the great writer is indicative of the intimacy he shared with Lewis for a dozen years,...More info →
A picture book retelling of C. S. Lewis's classic story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the youngest fans! Introduce them to the magic of Narnia with this picture book featuring illustrations by Tudor Humphries.Now younger children can share the magical experience, entering into a world of...More info →
A beautiful hardcover edition of C. S. Lewis's Prince Caspian, book four in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full-color jacket features art from three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and interior black-and-white artwork by the series' original illustra...More info →
A beautiful hardcover edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full-color jacket features art by three time Caldecott award winning artist David Wiesner and black-and-white interior illustrations by the series' original illustr...More info →
A beautiful hardcover edition of The Silver Chair, book six in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full color jacket features art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, and black-and-white interior art by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Bayn...More info →
A beautiful hardcover edition of The Horse and His Boy, book three in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full color jacket features art by three time Caldecott-winning artist David Wiesner and interior black-and-white illustrations by the series' original illustrator, Pauline ...More info →
A beautiful hardcover edition of The Last Battle, book seven in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full-color jacket features art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, and black-and-white interior art by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Bay...More info →
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