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  • Hardcover
  • 175 pages
  • The C.S. Lewis Hoax
  • Kathryn Lindskoog
  • English
  • 10 April 2016
  • 9780880702584

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  1. Sheryl Tribble Sheryl Tribble says:

    The first time I read one of Walter Hooper’s introductions to a CS Lewis book I started it with a sense of delight but long before I’d finished it I’d decided he was an untrustworthy source at least when it came to what CS Lewis was like I seem to have a high tolerance for “name droppers” – Dominick Dunne’s various references never bother me – but even when Hooper was naming some friend of Lewis’ I’d never even heard of my gut feeling was that he was lying to me that these people were not necessarily his dear friends just as they’d been Jack’s Off the subject of his friendship with Lewis and Lewis’ friends and relations I found Hooper’s observations interesting and worthy of consideration; on the subject of those relationships he creeped me outSo I was sold on Lindskoog’s basic argument – that Hooper has exaggerated and abused his relationship with Lewis for reasons of his own – long before I ever heard of Lindskoog When it comes down to the specifics however I’m less sold on some of her suspicions I don’t like The Dark Tower and would be happy to have it proved Lewis never wrote it but unfortunately I don’t find Lindskoog’s arguments convincing The various books in that trilogy are so different that I wouldn’t be surprised at Lewis going in such a new direction with another in the series and I have no faith in the computer programs that compare words used to identify an author actually producing accurate results even in much tidily connected works I also don’t share Lindskoog’s conviction that every sentence Lewis ever wrote will be notable for its “grace and vitality”; I would guess that if he wrote The Dark Tower as it has been printed it's a rough draft that he abandoned before cleaning it up Few authors known for great prose release their rough drafts after all I suspect Lindskoog is correct in saying that Lewis would not claim or mention the stupid nickname “Lu Lu” Lewis may have been a modest man but that goes beyond modesty to self ridicule of a sort Lewis does not seem prone to unless you take Hooper’s various intros as gospel which I do not But while that might be an indication that Hooper has fiddled with the fragment just as he has fiddled with Screwtape and apparently some of Lewis’ poems it’s not hard evidence and it’s definitely not evidence that Lewis didn’t write the gist of the thingPersonally the various tamperings Hooper admits to Screwtape again as well as other relatively minor at least to Hooper apparently but unmentioned changes to previously published Lewis works that have been released with Hooper as editorunder his authority make me wary of anything he offers without a previously published version to compare it to So I do think Lindskoog performs a service by pointing out some of these changes admitted and otherwiseBut although Lindskoog’s suspicions about Lewis’ previously unpublished works are often speculative she’s on much firmer ground when accusing Hooper of libel While it’s clear that Warren Lewis was an alcoholic Hooper’s portrayal of how this alcoholism manifested itself particularly in his intro to They Stand Together is far off the mark and IMHO demonstrably so It doesn’t fit with the reports of others who knew Warnie better and it doesn’t fit with Warnie’s diary While I find Hooper’s stories that make him sound much important to Lewis and much closer to Lewis’ friends than he was in reality creepy and annoying what he says about Warren Lewis makes me outright angry And while Lindskoog is on occasion shrill and IMHO convinced that Hooper has done evils beyond the evidence I appreciate her defense of Warnie and think the book worthwhile on those grounds alone But as with Hooper filter all claims through logic with evidence from reliable sources

  2. Nathan Nathan says:

    This is a very interesting but seriously flawed book Lindskood was surely an expert in the writings of Lewis and deserves praise for much of her writing But the perceived personal sleight of not being included in the management of the Lewis literary estate poisoned her to the central target of this book Walter Hooper The extent to which her keen sleuthing detects some serious mismanagement and misrepresentation coming from the estate is greatly mitigated by her constant conjectures insinuations and aspersions But worse than the internal weakness of the book is that her central literary claim that The Dark Tower is a forgery has been adeuately proven false It doesn't take long to track down the chinks in her armor The chinks seem small compared to the impressive case she makes in this book but as Lewis' friend's character Smaug could have warned her about impressive armor—one missing scale can prove fatal One praise of this book stated that even half of the conjectures she made were true there would have to be major revisions in the background of our understanding of Lewis Unfortunately it seems likely that half of the conjectures will be proven false casting significant doubt on much of the rest Hooper and the estate shouldn't get a free pass; Lindskoog demonstrates that much to my satisfaction However if there is a major C S Lewis Hoax to be discovered it is probably as much these pages themselves as it is what they pretend to reveal In the end it seems that Lindskoog staked her reputation on a false lead and the conspiracy theorist became the unwitting conspirator

  3. Nathan Albright Nathan Albright says:

    When I was in college among the many books I read for my amusement was a volume on English history that was written by someone who wanted to rehabilitate the reputation of Richard III and argue for some sort of royal ancestry for Perkin Warbeck and engage in all kinds of other revisionist speculation about the Plantagenet and Tudor royal families with all kinds of conspiracy theories and the like This book has that feel to it in that it plays on the lack of trust that people might have about the behavior of someone who edits the text he handles and engages in petty dishonesty about the level of intimate friendship he had with CS Lewis 1 and it has certainly erupted a firestorm within studies of CS Lewis I do not know personally nor do I consider myself well euipped to judge as to how much of what the author of this book claims is actually true The necessary skills involved would reuire handwriting analysis archival research and the like Nevertheless the author in this short book under 200 pages takes aim at the cottage industry of CS Lewis' writings and the way that many of them have been edited in mostly subtle ways with Lewis' marginalia and juvenilia being under the care of those who are less than scrupulous in their honesty and integrity The combination of big money and low trust creates an environment where the claims of the author must be taken seriously even if they are not to be believed automaticallyIn terms of its structure and contents this book consists of various controversies and conspiracy theories about CS Lewis especially the way his writings have been handled after death since the number of posthumous works under his name is the literary euivalent of a Tupac Shakur or Biggie Smalls to use the example of rappers whose discography grew dramatically after death The first chapter examines the dodgy process by which Lewis' writings have been repackaged after death After this the second chapter makes the most controversial claim that the supposed lost CS Lewis novel The Dark Tower was a fraud perpetuated by someone which leads to the third chapter which examines the bonfire story as being potentially fraudulent as being one of William Hooper's exaggerations and lies about his role in preserving CS Lewis' literary legacy The fourth chapter comments on the inaccuracies and troublesome tone of a documentary on Lewis' life followed by some of the odd and unfortunate revisions of Lewis' works after his death The the author turns her attention to the troublesome nature of CS Lewis's romantic life 2 which included a woman who he treated as a wife after the ardor of their relationship cooled other women who pretended to be his wife and an American divorcee who he married only a brief while before her death contrary to the rules of the Anglican church The author turns her attention at this point to the fraudulent claims of William Hooper to have been a longtime friend and collaborator of CS Lewis having only met him apparently for a short period before his death The author closes the main section of the book with a discussion of claims of stolen manuscripts followed by appendices that address the concern of Lewis' Juvenilia as well as three letters to Sheldon Vanauken that mirror much of his general thought expressed in places like Mere Christianity 3So what is one to make of this book? As a critical and often suspicious reader but one who tries to be scrupulously just I am both impressed by the passion of the author and than a little bit displeased at the way in which this book creates a great deal of controversy and dispute over Lewis' literary legacy The author does not represent herself as being an insider except in that she is a very close textual critic of Lewis' writings and was complimented in a seemingly typical way by Lewis for her insight about Lewis' work in her own graduate research Even so this book is the sort of matter that makes it difficult for different camps of scholars within a larger canon of literature to get along well and to politely hash out their differences over banuet dinners This is a discussion for insiders to CS Lewis studies and as someone who is not an insider I find it as distressing as Lewis found the internecine suabbles among Christians at large It is unlikely that Lewis would have been pleased about being turned into a cottage industry nor would he be pleased about his personal life becoming the subject of gossip and rumor and innuendo But dead people are not generally able to do anything to protect their own legacy but depend on others being faithful trustees of that legacy This book is a sign that there is definitely some failure to be found there1 See for example2 Which appears to bear a strong relationship to my ownBut perhaps CS Lewis would not be mortified now; perhaps he would smile ruefully at the joke fate played on him Throughout his entire life and ever since his private love life has been one long story of tall tales white lies discretion denials temptation mistakes and apparent timidity Yet he has emerged as a romantic figure in spite of himself 86 3 See for example

  4. Chris Huff Chris Huff says:

    I read this book based on the title alone I was intrigued by the idea and that there was some controversy in CS Lewis's life that may impact future books of his that I read I suppose that I should not have been disappointed with a book of which I had no expectations but I wasI suppose if I was familiar with CS Lewis's life having read one or two biographies on him first and if I had at least some knowledge of Walter Hooper this book would have been interesting to me But since none of those were the case the most intriguing chapter to me was the one having to do with CS Lewis's romantic encounters which had very little to do with the main hoax discussed in the rest of the book If of the book had dealt with Lewis's actual life and any controversial matters in his life rather than about whether or not he had any kind of relationship with one controversial man I would have like it much But I suppose I just picked up the wrong book when I should have picked up Surprised by Joy I think I'll read that one soon

  5. Rick Davis Rick Davis says:

    Kathryn Lindskoog argues in this book that Walter Hooper mostly made up a story about Lewis’s brother burning Lewis’s manuscripts after he died According to Hooper’s story he rescued a pile of manuscripts from the flames and continues to edit and publish them to this day Lewis’s groundskeeper at the time remembers nothing of such an event Lindskoog’s main contention is that the story The Dark Tower posthumously published is not really a work by Lewis but a forgery Although I wasn't convinced that the story is a forgery I was convinced that Hooper is a weirdo who really wishes he were Lewis’s best buddy Does it strike you as at all creepy that Hooper possesses and cherishes CS Lewis’s baby blanket?

  6. Norman Norman says:

    I bought this book back in the late 80s when first published As a bookseller I was awrae of Lindskoog's theory about many of the post Lewis stories told about him and his hangers on and the actual published work in his name not necessarily having the Ring of Truth or as Lindskoog uoting Churchill says full of Terminological inexactitudes I did wonder when first reading The Dark Tower and Boxen and They stand together how even if early work in the the case of the former two these could be the crisp penmanship of Lewis The problem with the premise is that now i must do research to see who and how these arguments have been refuted Or maybe worthwhile just re read some Lewis A really interesting and easily read book that challenges

  7. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson says:


  8. D. L. D. L. says:

    An academic's look at the hoaxes that surround the industry of experts on author CS Lewis A sad look into the lives and motivations of other authors and academics

  9. Rob Fennell Rob Fennell says:

    Some parts of this were uite persuasive; others not so much

  10. Read1000books Read1000books says:

    Interesting Lewis minutia for hard core fans Did he really write The Dark Tower etc

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