CS Lewis’s meditation on the death of his wife is a powerful record of raw emotionAt the time, CS Lewis described his marriage in 1956 to the American poet Helen (“H”) Joy Davidman as “a pure matter of friendship and expediency”, primarily intended to keep her and her two sons in the country; a confirmed bachelor, he later wrote: “I never expected to have, in my 60s, the happiness that passed me by in my 20s.” But Joy was already ill, and their relationship was conducted in the shadow of cancer: for Lewis the four years following their wedding brought intensely personal experiences both of the miraculous, and of despair.First published in 1961 under the pseudonym NW Clerk, Lewis’s account of his mourning for Joy is in many ways the trial by fire of the faith he urbanely expounded in The Problem of Pain: an intimate, anguished account of a man grappling with the mysteries of faith and love. The ferocious and uncanting intellect that thrived in love denies Lewis the traditional consolations of mourning: he is tormented by the thought that suffering in life offers no guarantee of peace in death; that the mere act of remembering is one …read more

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