The Screwtape Letters

Literary sequels

Screwtape Proposes a Toast

The short sequel essay Screwtape Proposes a Toast (1959), first published as an article in the Saturday Evening Post, is an addendum to The Screwtape Letters; the two works are often published together as one book.[5] Screwtape Proposes a Toast takes the form of an after-dinner speech given by Screwtape at the Tempters' Training College for young demons. Screwtape Proposes a Toast is Lewis' criticism of leveling and featherbedding trends in public education; more specifically, as he reveals in the foreword to the American edition, public education in America (though in the text, it is English education that is held up as the purportedly awful example).

The Cold War opposition between the West and the Communist World is explicitly discussed as a backdrop to the educational issues. Screwtape and other demons are portrayed as consciously using the subversion of education and intellectual thought in the West to bring about its overthrow by the communist enemy from without and within. In this sense Screwtape Proposes a Toast is more strongly political than The Screwtape Letters, wherein no strong stand is made on political issues of the day, i.e., World War II.[6]

Other literary sequels

Though C. S. Lewis had resolved not to write another letter, and only revisited the character of Screwtape once, in Screwtape Proposes a Toast, the format, referred to by Lewis himself as a kind of "demonic ventriloquism", has inspired other authors to prepare sequels or similar works, such as:

  • Alcorn, Randy (2001). Lord Foulgrin's Letters. ISBN 978-1576738610. 
  • Forest, Jim (2004). The Wormwood File: E-mail From Hell. ISBN 978-1570755545.  Another Wormwood series of instructions.
  • Kreeft, Peter (1998). The Snakebite Letters: Devilishly Devious Secrets for Subverting Society as Taught in Tempter's Training School. ISBN 978-0898707212. 
  • Laymon, Barbara (2004). The Devil's Inbox. ISBN 978-0806649450. 
  • Martin, Walter (1975). Screwtape Writes Again
  • Miles, Bryan (2003). The Wormwood Letters. ISBN 978-0595283927.  Wormwood, who has somehow survived, now finds himself in a new era writing to his own nephew, Soulsniper.
  • Peschke, Jim (2010). The Michael Letters: Heaven's answer to Screwtape. ISBN 978-1453660270.  The Archangel Michael provides advice to Jacob, a guardian angel.
  • Platt, Richard (2012). As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. ISBN 978-1414371665. 
  • Williams, Arthur H., Jr. (2006). The Screwtape Email. ISBN 978-1412000673. 

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