Monday, August 27, 2012

A letter from C. S. Lewis

Five months before he died, C. S. Lewis wrote this letter to a young member of St. Barnabas. A copy of the letter is now on display as part of our 50th anniversary celebration.

Magdalene College,
20 June 63

Dear Claudia,
I am delighted to hear that you like the Narnian series, and it was nice of you to write and tell me. I’m afraid there won’t be any more. There was – if you see what I mean – only a certain amount of tea in the tea-pot. Enough for seven cups. If I tried to pour out seven more I’d have to water the brew and then it wouldn’t be worth drinking. It is because most authors don’t know when to stop that so many rotten books are written.
All good wishes.
C. S. Lewis


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Matt Gunter said...

Indeed. Quintessential Lewis. I'm just glad he didn't add that the problem with most preachers is that they don't know when to stop which is the cause of so many rottern sermons.