What a delight to hear on my drive to work this morning that the Wade Center is releasing newly digitized recordings of C. S. Lewis. They capture Lewis reading excerpts from the Ransom Trilogy. The Wade Center Podcast, hosted by the Wade’s co-directors David and Crystal Downing, is a treasure trove of enthralling and insightful conversations about the seven authors the Wade collects: in addition to Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, and George MacDonald. If you enjoy any of these writers, you will want to go back and listen through the archives of the Wade Center podcast!
This morning’s episode introduces the Ransom Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and That Hideous Strength (1945). Excerpts from the Lewis recordings will appear over the next two episodes. The full recording consists of Lewis reading from ch. 3 of Perelandra (27 minutes); ch. 13 of That Hideous Strength (9:13 minutes); and the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (8:35 minutes, in Middle English). The podcast episodes contain excerpts with enjoyable and insightful discussion; the full recording is available for $3 at the Rabbit Room website.
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- Wade Center website
- David Downing, Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy (U Mass, 1992)
- My introductory lecture “Preparing to read Out of the Silent Planet”