“YES – INTOLERANCE IS THE DEVIL…”
LEWIS, C.S. [in full: CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS]. 1898-1963. Irish-born scholar, novelist, and author of about 40 books, many of them on Christian apologetics; best known for his: The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven children’s books that have become classics of fantasy literature; friend and associate of J.R.R. Tolkien. Scarce, and apparently unpublished Autograph Letter Signed, “C.S. Lewis”. One page, octavo. “Magdalen College, Oxford” February 23, 1952. To: “Mr. W.W. Jackson” of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With original stamped and metered mailing envelope addressed in Lewis’ handwriting. Very fine condition. The theologian author writes:
“Dear Mr. Jackson, I am sure the desire to give pleasure (which you have given) was one of your motives for writing, and it is a very good one. Thank you for your encouraging letter. Yes – intolerance is the devil and all! But as you are aware of the danger, you are in a position to resist it. With all good wishes, yours sincerely, C.S. Lewis”.
Sound advice, both then and now, from the author of: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We wonder if the reference to the ‘devil’ in this letter may be a reference to his ‘The Screwtape Letters”, published in 1942. [?] His letters are extremely difficult to obtain, and this letter would make a fine addition to any collection of literature.