Why C.S. Lewis Dedicated “Prince Caspian” to Mary Clare Havard
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Mary Clare Havard was one of five children. Her father was Dr. Robert Emlyn “Humphrey” Havard, who was one of the Inklings. Dr. Havard was Lewis’ family physician and the only member of the Inklings who was not a literary writer. Dr. Havard was also one of the witnesses of Lewis’ civil marriage to Joy Davidman. The character Humphrey in Perelandra is named after one of Dr. Havard’s many nicknames.
According to Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia by Devin Brown, Mary Clare Havard had read and liked a typescript of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. And in Walter Hooper’s C.S. Lewis: A Companion and Guide, an included letter indicates that Mary Clare Havard “brought up” her own children on Narnia.