My Adventures

Helen “Joy” Davidman

Hello all! I have just begun reading a new book. One I will share with you in more detail soon, but for now I must tell you about the main character, Joy Davidman

This woman is a genius. She graduated at 15 years old and went to college for literature. She graduated with her Masters degree in English lit when she was only 20 years old. She was found religion later in life which really influenced her work. Such as her best known works, Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments. Joy wrote two novels, many books of poetry and has won awards for her work! She is a literary rock star.

Her personal life was rocky. She was first married to William Gresham. They did not have an easy marriage. Both were writers but she went on the path of christianity, Gresham followed the path of whiskey. They had two boys, Davy and Douglas Gresham that she loved dearly. But her marriage to Gresham was not the one people think of. Joy Davidman was later in life married to non other than C.S Lewis, the author of the Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Their relationship started once she found religion. She wrote to him and they became penpals for many years. They met in Oxford when Joy visited England for the first time. She traveled back to America where she eventually divorced her husband and moved back England, back to Lewis. They were friends, they were intellectuals, and then they were husband and wife. Not for long however, Joy Davidman died July 13th 1960 of cancer.

What kills me about Joy is that until I started reading my new novel I had never heard of this women! Maybe it is because I am not someone who studied lit or maybe I just am not doing due diligence in learning all that I can but still! This is a woman who’s writers resume is long and diverse. This woman was a child prodigy, a star, and a brilliant writer. Take some time to get to know her like I have, it is well worth the time!

Mark Oliver Wizard Goldstein

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