By Ajnos Gamgee
A letter written to C.S. Lewis’ friend and fellow-Inkling, Owen Barfield, was recently discovered in the Oxford Bodleian library archives. In the letter, Lewis discusses the condition of his brother Warren (Warnie) who suffered from alcoholism and whom, as a result, Lewis spent many years caring for. More significant perhaps for fans of The Chronicles of Narnia, however, is that the letter also apparently contains “a proposed change to the ending of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” This letter is dated 5 February 1949, a year before the book was published.
We do not yet know the nature of this “proposed change” and how radical or interesting it was, but the letter is due to be published in the next issue of The Journal of Inklings Studies which is coming out next week. We will update you if and when we know more regarding the details.
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The Journal of Inklings Studies is an academic journal which publishes articles by various scholars on the Oxford literary circle to which C.S. Lewis belonged. It is not affiliated with or specifically endorsed by TLC.