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By C.S. Lewis Clyde S. Kilby | Comments: ( 341 ) | Date: ( Nov 12, 2019 )

On October 26, 1950, C S Lewis wrote the first of than a hundred letters he would send to a woman he had never met, but with whom he was to maintain a correspondence for the rest of his life.Ranging broadly in subject matter, the letters discuss topics as profound as the love of God and as frivolous as preferences in cats Lewis himself clearly had no idea that thesOn October 26, 1950, C S Lewis wrote the first of than a hundred letters he would send to a woman he had never met, but with whom he was to maintain a correspondence for the rest of his life.Ranging broadly in subject matter, the letters discuss topics as profound as the love of God and as frivolous as preferences in cats Lewis himself clearly had no idea that these letters would ever see publication, but they reveal facets of his character little known even to devoted readers of his fantasy and scholarly writings a man patiently offering encouragement and guidance to another Christian through the day to day joys and sorrows of ordinary life.Letters to an American Lady stands as a fascinating and moving testimony to the remarkable humanity and even remarkable Christianity of C S Lewis, and is richly deserving of the position it now takes among the balance of his Christian writings.


  • Title: Letters to an American Lady
  • Author: C.S. Lewis Clyde S. Kilby
  • ISBN: 9780802814289
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

C.S. Lewis Clyde S. Kilby

Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this nameIVE STAPLES LEWIS 1898 1963 was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement He wrote than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.Lewis was married to poet Joy Davidman.



Comments Letters to an American Lady

  • Douglas Wilson

    Quite good. Read it again in January 2018, and it remains quite good.


  • Dianna

    I haven't read as much C.S. Lewis as I would like (I've read neither all of Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, horror of all horrors), but I've very much liked his more autobiographical works - Surprised by Joy and A Grief Observed particularly. I first read some of Lewis' letters in A Severe Mercy where Sheldon Vanauken begins a correspondence and friendship with him - an influential one, to say the least. These letters, however, are a another kettle of fish altogether. They are one si [...]


  • Megan Larson

    Oh, where to start? This book is so appealing on multiple levels--first, it appeals to the nosy snoop in me, which SO enjoys reading other people's mail, especially people in whom I have such an interest. Thankfully, this book allowed me to do that without breaking any federal laws--here or abroad. Secondly, it made 'Jack' Lewis even easier for me to love than he had been before. The situation was this: Lewis, already known worldwide and well respected literarily and academically, received all k [...]


  • Heather

    This collection of letters is proof that C.S. Lewis is a more patient and pious Christian than I. Had I been the correspondent with this American lady, I would surely have left off after fewer than half a dozen and ignored any further attempt on her part. Had I been titling this collection, it might have been "Letters to a Pietistic, Pessimistic Hypochondriac." Fortunately for my spiritual well-being, I neither had the privilege of being this lady's correspondent nor of titling the book, which m [...]


  • J. Alfred

    "We were talking about cats and dogs the other day and decided that both have consciences but the dog, being an honest, humble person always has a bad one, but the cat is a Pharisee and always has a good one." I very much enjoyed seeing Lewis, my hero, kind of behind the scenes like this-- there's always another facet of him to know. This collection of letters is at times touching, at times encouraging, and at all times fascinating for the Jack-junkie.


  • Ciara Anderson (Browne)

    Lovely insights into the power of a simple friendship. Nice to get a glimpse of the very ordinary aspects of Lewis.


  • Drew Fajen

    This record of correspondence between Jack and Mary showed Lewis' casual wisdom and wit. Even in the everyday letter writing of good ole Clive, his writing convicts, teaches, and challenges. I loved so much of this book. This book deals with challenges like death, illness, family drama, politics, and faith in Jesus. It's really fun to read one side of the letters and try to figure out what Mary wrote to lead to Jack's response.Here are my favorite parts of the book:"The change from, say, thirty [...]


  • Shawn Paterson

    So mundane they’re fascinating. Felt a twinge of grief when the letters abruptly ended. Lewis’ Siamese cat liked it when he picked it up by its tail.


  • Shawn

    My first non-fiction by Lewis. An interesting read. Only getting half of the conversation makes for a unique reading experience. A very interesting smattering of religious thought and ideas throughout Lewis' letters. I look forward to reading more of Lewis' nonfiction.


  • Christian

    Much that's great, but boy, if that isn't one of the saddest endings I've ever read. The abruptness of the final letter makes it so much worse.


  • Paul

    This book is a collection of letters written by C. S. Lewis to an American woman during the last 13 years of his life. I found it pretty dull reading at first. The book only contains Lewis' half of the conversation and most of the letters are pretty short or deal with trivial matters. But, for those who are interested in a more of a personal glimpse of Lewis there are some interesting insights offered: Like what he thought about what journalists have written about him in papers and magazines, hi [...]


  • Jonathan

    In describing this book, I wrote to a friend today:This summer when Amanda, the boys and I were visiting with her family, Jessica, Amanda's sister-in-law, wanted to take the girls “antiquing.” In fact, this may be one of my wife's least favorite activities. In short, she is not a shopper. Nonetheless, because she is a good sport and because she loves Jessica (who is married to her younger brother, Wade), she obliged.At some little hole-in-the-wall shop, in a small town in this nondescript st [...]


  • Donna Gabbard

    I enjoyed reading these letters written by C.S. Lewis. They offer insight into his personal life. Not much is disclosed about the "American lady" who was the recipient of these letters. I found it a bit odd that he ended up sending monetary support to this pen pal. Even though they had an ongoing correspondence, most of the letters written by Lewis were somewhat short as he frequently would mention the massive correspondence that he had to keep up with. Her letters seemed to come quite frequentl [...]


  • Kate

    This was just what I was needing. It amazes me that Lewis spent so much time corresponding with so many people, because he states often that he hates writing letters. But he cared for this American Lady, gave her advice, and when he could, sent her money to help her. It is a beautiful relationship to read (and not dissimilar to some people these days who may never meet but help each other across the internet with advice and a bit of monetary help). I noticed in particular that Lewis calls search [...]


  • Philip

    This little book shows a different side of C.S. Lewis – not the great apologist, but the simple everyday piety of a godly man praying for someone he has never. Lewis developed a friendship with this woman over the course of several years. These letters cover every imaginable topic, from pets and weather to the forgiveness of sins; many are simply an attempt to encourage each other as their bodies decay from old age. Very encouraging, very convicting.


  • Gwen Burrow

    Devoured this little gem with an unflagging appetite. As it turns out, Lewis's letters are almost as tidy as his books, and his books almost as personal as his letters. The upshot is that Letters (many of which might as well have been addressed straight to me) turned "C. S. Lewis" into "Jack" and now I can hardly stand to read A Grief Observed, next on my list. I read it years ago, but now it peels open the broken heart of a great writer who feels like a great friend. That's the primary magic of [...]


  • Ta

    I knew Lewis was a good, Godly man. But I'd never realized how generous, both in time and money, he was with people from just about anywhere. He didn't let on, but it was a great effort for him to keep up correspondence; yet he did so with an unnamed American woman, even while suffering the loss of his dear wife and declining health. His letters are both long and quite short, but in each one, he is sure to send the recipient a nugget of Truth or encouragement. When I finished reading the very pe [...]


  • Courtney Stevens

    C.S. Lewis had an American pen pal, a woman named Mary. This little book is a collection of his responses to her letters. Some are witty and clever, others are short and sweet, one or two almost turned into sermons, but all of them were full of support and love and real-ness. I want to read it again, it was so sweet! Also, not romantic, because Lewis married someone else and with this book the reader gets to see the ups and downs or his engagement (with his fiance terribly ill with cancer) and o [...]


  • Michael d'Offay

    Brilliant nuggets and wisdom here.


  • Keri

    • “(By the way, don’t ‘weep inwardly’ and get a sore throat. If you must weep, weep: a good honest howl! I suspect we – and especially, my sex – don’t cry enough now-a-days. Aeneas and Hector and Beowulf, Roland and Lancelot blubbered like schoolgirls, so why shouldn’t we?).”• “Fear is horrid, but there’s no reason to be ashamed of it. Our Lord was afraid (dreadfully so) in Gethsemane. I always cling to that as a very comforting fact.” • “I can share too in your t [...]


  • Briana

    Happiness is stumbling across a C.S. Lewis book whilst cleaning the garage. ;)Definitely recommended for C.S. Lewis fans, along with Surprised by Joy and A Grief Observed. While SbJ is a well-thought-out autobiography and AGO is a beautiful expression of sorrow, Letters to an American Lady is simply Lewis as a normal person, capable of everyday pleasures and fears. Lewis liked cats, he liked pleasant weather, he disliked the commercialism of Xmas v. real, peaceful Christmas, he rather disliked h [...]


  • Linda

    As usual, C.S.Lewis is chock full of very wise counsel delivered in a very matter-of-fact way. I am amazed that such a famous author would correspond for so many years with someone he had never met and that he never would meet, but then again as in much of his correspondence he was writing as a ministry fulfilling God's call on his life. The book contains only Lewis' letters to this unidentified lady, and from his words I found myself becoming very judgmental of this tiresome woman who seemed to [...]


  • Emilia P

    Wow, what a nice little surprise. I found this at a book sale and I had heard of it before, but of course, name recognition prompted me to pick it up. It's very sweet, letters only from the Lewis side to an anonymous American lady. There are a lot of letters about work and their respective illnesses, and also a lovely interlude when he married his wife Joy and was worried about her health and enjoying her company before she died.I didn't realize that he didn't marry her until he already knew she [...]


  • Chrissy

    For over a decade, C.S. Lewis carried out regular correspondence with an anonymous (to us) American woman. This book is the collection of letters he wrote her and they provide a glimpse into Lewis' everyday life. The letters cover theology, the publishing world, illness, grief, and the occasional comparison between American and British life. I'm fascinated with the way that letters can tell a story, so in that regard I enjoyed the book tremendously. However, it seems that Lewis' pen pal was a bi [...]


  • Celebrilomiel

    I picked this up from my parents' bookshelf when I was about twelve. I had read Narnia, I had read The Screwtape Letters, and I desired more Lewis. I thoroughly enjoyed what I read of it, but was only about a third of the way through when library day rolled around and I turned my attention to and subsequently devoured an armful of fiction with due dates stamped on their back covers. I have yet to return to Letters.


  • Debbie Raymond

    I LOVED this book. I read it twice and parts of it even more. I was so excited to introduce it to my Book Club. It went over like a lead balloon. No one liked it. Except me and I still do. I love books that are letters back and forth from author to friend. This one is especially captivating because it's CS LEWIS! And it's a true story. Because CS Lewis wrote long letterslong long lettershe included a lot of his philosophy which is fascinating.


  • Allenh

    One of the things I love about this book, is that it isn't contrived out of Lewis' head. Most of his other "letters" are actually literal tools he uses to expound on his ideas. In this case, we see Lewis responding to a woman's inquiries on life and God. Definitely not my most favored book by Lewis, (Is Theology Poetry) but still a good insight into Lewis.


  • Sarah

    It just seems like they were more witty, endearing, loving, and personal in those days. Really encouraging both as a friend and fellow Christian my favorite quote: "Verily "He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it, hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart" (or his glands)."


  • Kara

    This is a lovely book. It is somewhat less instructional than most of his books because it's more "slice of life." Lewis and this American lady are just writing to each other about struggles, jobs, health, finances, and faith. But it's just so pleasant to read! Some might find it mundane, but I always love C.S. Lewis's tone in his correspondence. I'm in love with him.


  • Brent Pinkall

    These letters do not contain much by way of deep and provocative insights. I did come away with a better sense of the humanity of Lewis. His candidness is refreshing. That said, I'm not sure I took much more away than that.


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