The Screwtape Letters

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The Screwtape Letters was conceived while Lewis was sitting in church in July 1940. He began writing and found that the letters flowed easily from his pen. The letters were first published in The Guardian in serial form in 1941. They became instantly popular and were published in book form the following year. Despite constant clamors from his audience to write more editions of the demonic correspondence, Lewis resisted until he received an invitation from the Saturday Evening Post, in answer to which he added Screwtape Proposes a Toast in 1959.

In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis masterfully “teaches in reverse” by wryly using demonic points of view to enforce a biblical one. He calls it “diabolical ventriloquism.”

MAJOR CHARACTERS

  • Screwtape – A senior devil whose letters of advice to his nephew, and apprentice tempter, make up the book.
  • Wormwood – The junior tempter who is the recipient of the correspondence that makes up the book.
  • Glubose – The tempter assigned to the mother of Wormwood’s subject.
  • Slubgob – Principal of the Tempters’ Training College for young devils, and apparently a rank incompetent.
  • Toadpipe – Screwtape’s secretary.
  • Slumtrimpet – The tempter assigned to the girlfriend of Wormwood’s subject.

Over the course of the next few months I’ll be adding my thoughts about each of the thirty-one letters and their themes. My goals is to do this twice per week on each Tuesday and Friday.

THE LETTERS

Letter 1 – Faith
Letter 2 – Conversion and Old Habits
Letter 3 –
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Letter 31

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