Bruce Edwards (b.1952) died on October 28. Edwards was a scholar of the works of C. S. Lewis and was the general editor of the multi-volume C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. He was nominated for a Mythopoeic Award for his study The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer and wrote other books on Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Edwards taught for more than 30 years at Bowling Green State University.
A map of Middle-earth discovered in a used copy of The Lord of the Rings that belonged to illustrator Pauline Baynes. The map includes hand-written annotations by J.R.R. Tolkien, which indicates that Hobbiton was at the same location as Oxford, where Tolkien was a don, and Minas Tirith may have been based on Ravenna, Italy. The map is only one of the items from Baynes’ personal collection now on sale (asking price £60,000). Other items include original art from The Chronicles of Narnia.
British author C.S. Lewis, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, The Perelandra trilogy, The Screwtape Letters, and several works on religion, will be honored with the placement of a memorial stone in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey on November 22, 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Lewis will be the first addition to Poet’s Corner since Ted Hughes was added in December of 2011. Poet’s Corner is part of the south transept of Westminster Abbey, so named for the large number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there.
HarperCollins is sponsoring a drawing in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Five winners of the sweepstakes will receive a copy of a single volume edition of all seven books in the series, including a full-color map and a timeline of Narnia history. Entries must be received no later than December 1, 2010.
Following Disney’s decision not to release future installments of The Chronicles of Narnia, produced by Walden Media, Walden has formed an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox to continue the series. The next film, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” will film with a budget of $140 million, sixty-five million less than was spent on “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.”