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"'''The Ulsterior Motive'''" is the title of an unpublished essay by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] written in [[1964]]. The essay derived from a critique of the posthumous publication of [[C.S. Lewis]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer|Letters to Malcolm]]''.<ref>{{HM|Inklings}}, p. 265</ref><ref>{{webcite|author=[[Lisa Star]]|articleurl=http://www.reocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/9902/unpub.html|articlename=A List of Tolkien's Unpublished and Slightly Published Manuscripts|dated=August 2002|website=[http://www.reocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/9902/ Tyalie Tyelellieva website (archived)]|accessed=10 July 2012}}</ref>
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"'''The Ulsterior Motive'''" is the title of an [[Index:Unpublished material |unpublished essay]] by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] written in [[1964]]. The essay derived from a critique of the posthumous publication of [[C.S. Lewis]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer|Letters to Malcolm]]''.<ref>{{HM|Inklings}}, p. 265</ref><ref>{{webcite|author=[[Lisa Star]]|articleurl=http://www.reocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/9902/unpub.html|articlename=A List of Tolkien's Unpublished and Slightly Published Manuscripts|dated=August 2002|website=[http://www.reocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/9902/ Tyalie Tyelellieva website (archived)]|accessed=10 July 2012}}</ref>
  
An extract from the essay was published in [[Humphrey Carpenter]]'s ''[[The Inklings (book)|The Inklings]]'':<ref>{{HM|Inklings}}, p. 50</ref>
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Extracts from the essay were published in [[Humphrey Carpenter]]'s ''[[The Inklings (book)|The Inklings]]'':<ref>{{HM|Inklings}}, p. 50 (see also pp. 51-2)</ref>
  
 
{{blockquote|It was not for some time that I realized that there was more in the title ''Pilgrim's Progress'' than I had understood (or the author either, maybe). Lewis would regress. He would not re-enter Christianity by a new door, but by the old one: at least in the sense that in taking it up again he would also take up, or reawaken, the prejudices so sedulously planted in boyhood. He would become again a Northern Ireland protestant.}}
 
{{blockquote|It was not for some time that I realized that there was more in the title ''Pilgrim's Progress'' than I had understood (or the author either, maybe). Lewis would regress. He would not re-enter Christianity by a new door, but by the old one: at least in the sense that in taking it up again he would also take up, or reawaken, the prejudices so sedulously planted in boyhood. He would become again a Northern Ireland protestant.}}

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"The Ulsterior Motive" is the title of an unpublished essay by J.R.R. Tolkien written in 1964. The essay derived from a critique of the posthumous publication of C.S. Lewis's Letters to Malcolm.[1][2]

Extracts from the essay were published in Humphrey Carpenter's The Inklings:[3]

It was not for some time that I realized that there was more in the title Pilgrim's Progress than I had understood (or the author either, maybe). Lewis would regress. He would not re-enter Christianity by a new door, but by the old one: at least in the sense that in taking it up again he would also take up, or reawaken, the prejudices so sedulously planted in boyhood. He would become again a Northern Ireland protestant.

References

  1. Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings, p. 265
  2. Lisa Star, "A List of Tolkien's Unpublished and Slightly Published Manuscripts" dated 1 August 2002, Tyalie Tyelellieva website (archived) (accessed 10 July 2012)
  3. Humphrey Carpenter, The Inklings, p. 50 (see also pp. 51-2)