In response to the question on our group wall about Lewis' marriage to Joy Davidson, it seems to me to be a fascinating aspect of Lewis' fascinating life. I hope its OK to comment here, I don't see how to respond directly in the wall. (Would it be better to copy the post, in a separate new post?)
Lewis and Joy were actually married twice, first by a justice of the peace or British equivalent. I understand their motivation was to enable Joy, an American, to remain in England to receive treatment for her cancer which had been discovered during her visit to England. She was a Jewish convert to the Anglican Church, a professor who had corresponded extensively with Lewis about her conversion, and divorced from her Jewish husband.
I'm not familiar with Anglican procedures for annulment, and I've read that Joy couldn't get one, but later in the year, after her cancer was diagnosed as imminently terminal, the couple was remarried by an Anglican pastor in the hospital.
It may be of interest that Lewis had not previously married. He had promised an army friend to assist his mother and sister in the event the friend was killed in World War I, and the friend was indeed killed. Lewis and his brother Warren bought a house with the friend's mother, and lived together until her death about 30 years later. Shortly thereafter, Joy came to England. Her cancer seemed to go into full remission very shortly after their second marriage, and the couple enjoyed nearly three full years of active life before the cancer abruptly returned and soon killed her.
Re: General Information
I hope the following list of Lewis' books might be helpful, interesting, and motivating to anyone unfamiliar with him. Some of his writings have been republished by his executor under new titles, which has led to some confusion and even a bit of controversy--but probably anything religious today will provoke controversy from some sources.
For anyone seeking to improve their skills in evangelization or apologetics--even (and especially) with your kids and your friends--I believe Lewis was one of the best.
Please ignore page references--they are only to a notebook of mine, and my computer illiteracy makes removing them a difficult and high risk task.
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Abolition of Man 1943 3 Essays p12
Allegory of Love 1936 p4
An Experiment in Criticism 1961 p39
Arthurian Torso 1948 p18
Beyond Personality 1945 (later Mere Christianity - 1952 ) p13
Broadcast Talks p44 (later Mere Christianity-1952)
The Case for Christianity 1943 (later Mere Christianity- 1952 ) p11a
Christian Behavior 1943 (later Mere Christianity - 1952 ) p10
Chronicles of Narnia (6 vols) 1951-56 p26
The Dark Tower p45
Dymer 1926 poetry p2
English Lit in the 16th Century p14
The Four Loves 1960 p35a (the year Joy died)
George MacDonald: An Anthology p43
God in the Dock essays p41
The Great Divorce 1945 p16
A Grief Observed 1961 p38
Horse and Boy 1954 30
The Last Battle 1956 p33 ??Joy Cancer?
Letters to Malcomb 1964, 1963 (?) p42 On prayer
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 1950 p20
The Magician's Nephew 1954 p31
Mere Christianity 1952 republication of 3 or 4? above p27
Miracles 1947 p17
Out of the Silent Planet sci/fic? 1938 p5
Perlandra scifi? 1943 p11
The Personal Heresy 1939 p7
Pilgrim's Regress 1933 allegory, p3
Preface to Paradise Lost p46
The Problem of Pain 1940 p8
Reflections on Psalms 1958 p 35
Rehabilitations and Other Essays 1939 p6
The Screwtape Letters 1942 p9
The Siver Chain 1953 p29
Spirits in Bondage 1919 poetry p1
Studies in Words 1960 p36 The year Joy died
Surprised by Joy 1955 p32
That Hideous Strength 1945 scifi? p15
They Asked for a Paper 1961 p40
Till We Have Faces 1956 p34
Transpositions and other Addresses 1949 p19a
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1952 p28
The Weight of Glory 1949 p19b
The World's Last Night 1960 essays p37
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