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C. S. Lewis and the Myth of Love: (Un)veiling the Mysteries of Till We Have Faces.

On Sunday afternoon in Glen Eyrie’s Great Hall, Andrew Lazo will present a lecture that promises answers to the puzzles presented by C. S. Lewis’s sometimes maddening last novel, Till We Have Faces. This book has compelled and confounded readers since its publication in the 1950s. And while Lewis referred to this myth retold as “far and away my best book,” many of its secrets have remained hidden in the decades since it appeared.

But for the last dozen years, Andrew has been digging into the depths of Till We Have Faces, and in the process he’s made startling discoveries, discoveries which help to bring the whole of Lewis's thought and work into sharper focus. In unveiling much of what has remained hidden, Lazo has uncovered important clues to understanding the overarching, underlying meaning and message of Lewis’s life and work. In this talk, Andrew shares the results of his work.

Event will last about two hours including Q&A and be followed by a coffee and tea reception.


Andrew Lazo is an internationally recognized authority on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis and fellow Inklings. He was the Mythopoeic Society’s 2016 Schoar Guest of Honor and a Plenary Speaker at the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s 2017 Summer Institute in Oxford and Cambridge.


English composers Edward Elgar (1857-1934) and Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) lived during the era of C.S. Lewis. To set the stage for our lecture, we will hear two pieces by these composers inspired by the theme of love:

Salut d'Amour was written by Edward Elgar in honor of his future bride and given to her on the date that he proposed to her in 1888. It will be performed by Terri Moon, violin; and Charlene Noland, piano

The Call is a song for tenor based on lyrics written by the 15th C. English poet George Herbert, and was set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams around 1910, as part of his cycle Five Mystical Songs. David O'Reagan, tenor, will sing accompanied by Charlene Noland, piano.

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