C. S. Lewis & Lilith RE: [Milton-L] Milton & Lilith
Zámbóné Kocic Larisa
larisa at lit.u-szeged.hu
Thu Apr 21 08:04:37 EDT 2011
I don't know if it was actually Lilith that had influenced Lewis, but he
certainly mentions it in his preface to George MacDonald: an Anthology
Of Phantastes he writes: "What it actually did to me was to convert, even to
baptize ... my imagination" (MacDonald, Phantastes and Lilith (Grand Rapids,
Mich.: WM. B. Eerdmans, 1964), 11.
From: Jameela Lares [mailto:Jameela.Lares at usm.edu]
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Subject: RE: [Milton-L] Milton & Lilith
Lewis himself identifies a connection with Lilith, actually. In "What
Happened after Dinner" in _The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe_, Mr.
Beaver says of the White Witch, "she comes of your father Adam's . . . first
wife, her they called Lilith" (page 81 in my edition).
What I am not sure about is how much of Lewis's mention has to do with
George MacDonald's book, Lilith (1895). Much, I imagine, as Lewis was
influenced by MacDonald.
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