In an article on C. S. Lewis’s friendships, Joseph Pearce suggests that the great don’s friends can be reckoned across generations. Pearce traces those friendships from Lewis’s present, back to his past, and into his future.

Lewis was, however, as Ben Jonson said of Shakespeare, “not of an age but for all time,” which means that he counts amongst his friends not only his contemporaries but also the great writers and thinkers of civilization. These illustrious friends whom Lewis never met except in their books are the eminenti of literary history, far too numerous to mention, Lewis being so widely read and so omnivorous in his reading.