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    C. S. Lewis Autograph Letter Signed twice- once in manuscript, once in capital letters. One page with address handwritten on verso, 8" x 9.5" British Air Letter, February 9, 1960, Magdalene College, Cambridge, to Miss Nicholson of Reader's Digest. Lewis writes, in full: "I agree to you reprinting the homage quoted in your letter of Feb 5 with payment of $35, provided the Saturday Evening Post makes no objection. Yours sincerely..." On the verso, Lewis has addressed this fold-and-seal air letter to Miss Nicholson in block letters, also writing "C. S. LEWIS, MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND" as the sender's name and address. Original folds and rough edges from opening, else fine.

    Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), a prolific and popular author, essayist, educator, medievalist, and Christian apologist, moved from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1953 to become Cambridge's first Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. There he spent the last ten years of his life. Quite likely, this letter of permission deals with a piece he wrote for a December 1959 issue of the Saturday Evening Post as a satire on the American and British educational systems. A brief sequel to his 1942 book The Screwtape Letters, this op-ed essay was titled "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" and has the senior demon Screwtape giving an after-dinner speech to the "Tempters' Training College for Young Devils."

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