Autograph letter signed to Gerald Brodribb.Magdalen College, Oxford: 4 June 1942 Stock Code: 144036
A brief wartime autograph letter, unpublished, from C. S. Lewis to a former pupil Gerald Brodribb. Brodribb read classics and English at University College, Oxford, with Lewis as his tutor. He went on to teach at Canford School Wimborne, Dorest (where the letter is addressed to him), and wrote 30 books on the history of cricket, one of them, The English Game, was dedicated to Lewis.
This letter sees Lewis responding to Brodribb's query on a quotation, presumably one he intends to use in his cricket books. Lewis notes: "I never heard of any vernacular works by Joseph of Exeter and if the couplet is a translation it will prove nothing until we know what cricks is a translation of. Try Notes & Queries (Crick can mean cricket, the insect. Can there be a Mr Joseph of Exeter (say, 17th century) quite different from the writer of The Trojan War?"
Single notecard on Magdalen College Oxford stationery, autograph letter to one side, autograph address to verso initialled "C.S.L.".
Some ink marks but very good condition.
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