The Society for the Prevention of Progress
Warren Lewis writes:
In May 1944 Jack received an amusing letter from the Society for the Prevention of Progress, of Walnut Creek, California, inviting him to become a member and requesting him to forward his credentials. The signature on his reply was instigated by one of the Society's rules to which his attention had been called: Membership and the privileges of the Society are denied to such individuals as Henry A. Wallace and this fellow Beveridge*.
While feeling that I was born a member of your Society, I am nevertheless honoured to receive the outward seal of membership. I shall hope by continued orthodoxy and the unremitting practice of Reaction, Obstruction, and Stagnation to give you no reason for repenting your favour.
I humbly submit that in my Riddell Lectures entitled The Abolition of Man you will find another work not all unworthy of consideration for admission to the canon.
"Beverages not Beveridges"
~from The Collected Letters of C.S. Lews: Volume II (May 1944)
*William Henry Beveridge, first Lord Beveridge (1879-1963), a social reformer and economist, whose 'Beveridge plan' became the blueprint for the present welfare state.
On this day (evening, actually):
1944 J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and R. E.Havard listened to Warren Lewis read a chapter of his first book, The Splendid Century.