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050 – Comments to Sister Penelope

May 30, 2012

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As previously noted C.S. Lewis wrote a lot of letters. While some were fairly routine correspondence, you can frequently find in them much of his beliefs on a range of issues.


Lewis first heard from Sister Penelope, a nun at the Community of St. Mary the Virgin, in 1939 when she wrote to tell how much she enjoyed Out of the Silent Planet. This began an exchange of letters lasting Lewis’s life. On one occasion in 1943 he replied back to her on the subject of symbolism in children’s stories.

In this letter he admitted that many children do not always understand the symbols used in stories. However, this shouldn’t discourage writers from using them, because later in life it may have a positive impact. Of course, it was less than ten years after this that Lewis himself used such a tool with his Narnia stories.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2012 1:03 pm

    This one was about giants, not Sister Penelope. Thought you might like to know : ) Thanks!!

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