Letters and notes from C.S. Lewis to his pupil, Thomas McAlindon
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Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 43-48
Title: Letters and notes from C.S. Lewis to his pupil, Thomas McAlindon
Dates of Creation: 1957-1961
Extent: 6 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English
C.S. Lewis, author and scholar, was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at the University of Cambridge,
1954-1963. During this time Thomas McAlindon was the only post-graduate student he supervised, 'except one who dropped off!'
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Scope and Content
Thomas McAlindon studied for a PhD under the direction of C.S. Lewis, Jan 1957-Jun 1960, entitled, 'The treatment of the supernatural
in Middle English legend and romance, 1200-1400'. He provides a vivid account of his time with him in his memoir, ‘C.S. Lewis
Remembered’, published in
VII: an Anglo-American Literary Review, 27 (2010). The letters and notes relate to his academic work. Comprises:
- (fol. 43) letter, from Magdalene College, Cambridge, arranging regular meetings for supervision, 6 Feb 1957
- (fol. 44) letter, from Magdalene College, Cambridge, relating to the latest chapter of McAlindon's work, 12 May [1957-1960]
- (fol. 45) letter, from The Kilns, Oxford, containing advice on shortening the thesis, 6 Jul 1960
- (fol. 46) copy letter, from Magdalene College, Cambridge, congratulating him on completing his thesis, 5 Feb 1961
- (fol. 47) congratulatory note, from Magdalene College, Cambridge, n.d.
- (fol. 48) list of numbered comments / queries on McAlindon's work, [1957-1960]
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bought from Ken Spelman Books Ltd, 2016.
Preferred Form of Citation
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. c. 7963, fol. 43
A copy of C.S. Lewis,
The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition (London: OUP, 1953), signed by Lewis has been transferred to Rare Books.
Lewis| Clive Staples |1898-1963 | writer and academic
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