Belfast Telegraph

CS Lewis papers given to university

Rare unpublished letters written by Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis have been donated to a university in his native Belfast.

The collection of 11 letters was found in an attic in England by the son of one of Lewis's friends Captain Bernard Acworth.

In the correspondence with Capt Acworth, who was founder of an organisation opposed to the teaching of evolution as scientific fact, committed Christian Lewis outlined his own views on religion and the origins of life.

Reverend Dr Richard Acworth, from Portsmouth, gave the letters Lewis sent to his father to Queen's University in Belfast, where the public will be able to view them in its CS Lewis Reading Room.

"The letters were written to my father between the years 1944 and 1960 and he kept them and when he died they were just left in the loft really and I went through his letters much later and found them there," he said.

"More recently I thought they ought really to be somewhere where they are accessible to the public and decided to give them here to Queen's University."

Rev Acworth said Queen's seemed a natural home for the letters, especially as his daughter Phyllida studied English there in the 1990s. She accompanied her father to Belfast for the handover.

Deirdre Wildy, head of special collections and archives at Queen's, said: "The works of CS Lewis are enjoyed the world over.

"We are delighted to be in receipt of the Acworth Collection, and will be pleased to facilitate access to the letters as they are likely to be of great interest to researchers in several subject areas.

"This generous donation will be a valuable addition to our manuscript holdings in Special Collections and Archives at Queen's."

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