CS Lewis

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 20 17:20:38 EST 2004


--- "Dorian E. Gray" <israfel at eircom.net> wrote:

> Charlie said...
> 
> > There's also the dedication to LWW (which I do
> have to hand): 'My dear 
> > Lucy,
> > I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I
> had not realised that 
> > girls grow
> > quicker than books. As a result you are already
> too old for fairy tales, 
> > and by the
> > time it is printed and bound you will be older
> still. But some day you 
> > will be old
> > enough to start reading fairy tales again' [and
> the rest - is this still 
> > printed in the
> > modern editions, btw?]
> 
> It was certainly in the Puffin editions I had in the
> 70s (and still have, 
> albeit utterly battered!) - the ones with
> plain-coloured spines and Pauline 
> Baynes illustrations on the fronts and backs.  It's
> also in the gorgeous 
> huge all-7-in-1 centenary hardback edition I have; I
> know because I'm busily 
> rereading it in consequence of this discussion.

It is also in the Collins paperback edn, c.1990

Jon


> 
> (And oddly enough, what strikes me as most offensive
> in the books now is the 
> notion that though Narnia is not a country for
> Humans, it is a country to be 
> ruled by Humans - horribly colonial.)
> 
> Dorian. 
> 
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