Books: Link with the Past

Anywhere but at Oxford it would have been considered a very odd election. Only holders of M.A.s were entitled to vote, and each voter bowed as he handed his ballot to the vice chancellor. There had been no campaigning, except over teacups. The rival candidates never showed up at the polls, and the ballot was printed in Latin. Oxford M.A.s were electing a professor of poetry.

They could choose either Caecilius Day Lewis ("e Collegio Wadhami") or Clive S. Lewis ("socius Collegii Beatae Mariae Magda'enae"). Of England's two distinguished, unrelated Lewises, they picked Cecil (C. Day Lewis, the poet) over Clive (C....

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