The focus of the smaller collection below—comprised of six letters and postcards written between 1950 and 1960—is Joy’s correspondence with her first cousin, Edward (aka Eddie or Eddy) Rosenthal. Rosenthal was the son of Henry and Rebecca Rosenthal; Rebecca was the sister of Joy’s mother, Jennette Davidman, and thus Joy’s aunt. Rosenthal worked at the Los Angeles Examiner (est. 1903-62), a newspaper founded by William Randolph Hearst. The subjects of their correspondence include discussion of family members, notably Joy’s husband Bill Gresham as well as her sons David and Douglas, and a number of other extended kindred. Other topics are Joy’s novel, Weeping Bay; her initial visit to England in 1952; a touching appeal in 1958 for Eddie and his wife, Bess, to visit Joy and her husband, C. S. Lewis; and both her anticipated and subsequent trip with Lewis to Greece in April 1960.
King, Don W.
"Cousin to Cousin: Joy Davidman's Correspondence with Edward Rosenthal,"
Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal: Vol. 15
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/cslewisjournal/vol15/iss1/5