News in the World of Inklings

Narnia-AslanLots of good things have been happening in the world of Inklings studies this week. Here are a few.

1. Logos Bible Software released an enormous collection of C.S. Lewis’s works and another huge collection of studies of C.S. Lewis. Do check them out!

2. You know there’s a big debate among Lewis scholars and fans about reading order, right? What’s the right way in which to read the Narnia Chronicles: published order or chronological order? Well, Brenton Dickieson, frequent guest blogger here and Lewis scholar extraordinaire, wrote a really good post on his site A Pilgrim in Narnia aChapel Coverbout a third order in which to read the Narnia Chronicles. And he’s exactly right.

3. The Charles Williams society has posted a nice little piece about my publication of The Chapel of the Thorn.

4. Open Road Media has released Charles Williams’s novels as ebooks! Please spread the word!

5. Mythgard Academy is about to launch its (free) class on Tolkien’s Book of Lost Tales II!

So get going, folks: read books, review books, spread the word about books, and take classes on books! There are whole worlds in here!

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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5 Responses to News in the World of Inklings

  1. Reblogged this on Public Work and commented:
    News for fans of the Inklings:


  2. Bruce Charlton says:

    @Sorina – 2015 will be seventy years since CW died, and I think this means his work will be out of copyright.

    This sometimes means that very cheap e-book bundles become available. Also, his work can be put onto Project Gutenberg… although actually, there is a fair bit already via Australian Gutenberg, due to the fifty year copyright there –


    • Indeed. I considered keeping “The Chapel of the Thorn” and simply putting it on the web — but the book turned out to be beautiful, so I’m glad I didn’t.


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      Not long before the beginning of this year I wrote to Georgia Glover of David Higham Associates (who are responsible for the Estate of Charles Williams – if that is the right way of putting it), “wondering about the details of the majority of Williams’s published works entering the public domain, 2015 being 70 years after his death in 1945.

      “Do they enter the public domain as the year begins, with 1 January 2015? Or do they only enter the public domain after the completion of the year – on 1 January 2016?”

      I suppose she would not object to my relating the substance of her response, which was that copyright in Williams’s works will expire in the UK and most of the rest of the world at the end of 2015 (the general rule being that it is 70 years from the end of the year in which an author died), but further noting that US copyright law is different and some of the works will remain in copyright in the US market after that date.

      I did not ask her for more detail about these US differences, and, though I have tried to search around the internet a bit to learn more, I am not confident I know what those differences are and how they apply in Williams’s case.

      I note that I asked specifically about the majority of Williams’s already published works, and am not sure how far this specification was assumed in her response and how far she may simply have gone beyond it.

      I say this, because I have the impression that the end of copyright affects works published during an author’s lifetime, and that posthumous publications enjoy their own distinct copyright protection.

      Speculating aloud, it may be that Williams’s novels will continue to be under US copyright because their first American publications were later than 1945. And I think that previously unpublished works which were first published posthumously such as some poems in my Arthurian Poets edition and The Chapel of the Thorn in Sørina’s edition will continue to enjoy copyright protection from the year of publication, and not only in the US. (If I am right about this, those poems in the AP ed. will be under copyright until 1 January 2062 and The Chapel until 1 January 2085: obviously ‘we’ need to be clear whether I am right about this, or have got it all wrong!) And I think this goes on applying to unpublished works after the expiration of copyright on published works, and that Williams’s still-unpublished papers will not be free for publication on 1 January 2016: once again, ‘we’ need to be clear whether I am right about this, or have got it significantly wrong.

      But perhaps either of you, or other learned readers, can clarify this for me and ‘us’!


  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Wild idea that just struck me, while enjoying Murder in the Cathedral again: is it likely that C.W. would have shown The Chapel MS. to, or merely mentioned the drama in conversation with, T.S. Eliot, early in their friendship? (I don’t know all the dates well enough to know if Eliot could have seen it at Faber, when C.W. sent it to them.) Anyway, I’m not being so wild as to ask, ‘might The Chapel have influenced Eliot with respect to Murder in the Cathedral?’, but am thinking they are very interesting works to compare with each other, and that C.W. was trying to publish some version(s) of The Chapel as recently as a decade before Murder in the Cathedral!


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