C.S. Lewis Readers' Encyclopedia


"Jenkin, Alfred Kenneth Hamilton" 

Alfred Kenneth Hamilton Jenkin (1900-80), attended University College, Oxford, where in 1919 he became a friend of C.S. Lewis. Both were members of The Martlets Literary Society. They often met for tea then talked or went for walks or bicycle rides. Jack's diary mentions Jenkin about 50 times during the school terms of 1922-24 (AMR).

Lewis wrote that Jenkin was the "first lifelong friend" that he had met at Oxford. He showed Lewis how to "enjoy everything; even ugliness," by making "a total surrender to whatever atmosphere was offering itself at the moment," rubbing one's nose in the "very quiddity of each thing" (SBJ, XIII). This enjoyment of the essence of all things possibly led to Lewis seeing the "patches of Godlight" mentioned in Letters to Malcom (XVII) plus sharpened his critical and imaginative talents.


Carpenter, Humphrey. The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Their Friends. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

Glover, Donald E. C.S. Lewis: The Art of Enchantment. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1981.

Green, Roger Lancelyn, and Walter Hooper. C.S. Lewis: A Biography. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974.

Griffin, William. Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986.

Hooper, Walter. C.S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1996.

Jenkin, A.K. Hamilton. The Cornish miner: an account of his life above and underground from early times, 1927. Pomfret, Vt.: David & Charles, 1972.

_________________. Cornwall and its people : being a new impression of the composite work including Cornish seafarers, 1932, Cornwall and the Cornish, 1933, Cornish homes and customs, 1934; with an introduction by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch ; this impression introduced by David St. John Thomas. North Pomfret, Vt. : David & Charles, 1988

Lewis, C.S. All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C.S. Lewis, 1922-27. ed. Walter Hooper. San Diego: Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich. 1991.

________. Letters of C.S. Lewis. ed. with a memoir by W.H. Lewis. revised and enlarged ed. Walter Hooper. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1988.

________. Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964.

________. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life. London: Fontana, 1955.

Lindskoog, Kathryn. Creative Writing: For People Who Can't Write. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1989.

Richard James
Burkesville Christian Church
Burkesville, Ky

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