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Is this true about Neville Coghill?

Student of Tolkien

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I recently read that Coghill's Christianity influenced C. S. Lewis early on. I have also heard that Coghill was privately homosexual. Is this true? Any evidence for or against?
 

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It's been awhile since I've read The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, but that compendium provides a closer look into C.S. Lewis' thoughts as he disclosed them to each recipient--sporadically touching each of the matters you mention. It's a long, but fascinating collection--and a wonderful read. I don't recall any mention of the specifics of what you heard about Coghill--but Lewis discusses homosexuality with his best friend Authur Greeves (who more than likely inclined in that direction) here and there.
 

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It seems to be Nevill without the terminal E, as per Wiki about the Inklings (semi-) member. This may be the same source that "Student of Tolkien" found, so I apologize if I am redundant. The article quotes the memoirs of one Reynolds Price about Coghill's sexual orientation:

"Nevill himself was born in 1899, served in the First War, married, fathered a daughter, then separated from his wife and lived a quietly homosexual life thereafter. He later spoke to me of several romances with men, but he apparently never established a residence with any of them; and until his retirement from Oxford, he always lived in his college rooms."

If that is "evidence" ...
 

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