The Lewis Legacy-Issue 62, Autumn 1994
Assorted Quotes from Myhtopoeic Discussion
The C.S. Lewis Foundation for Truth in Publishing
September 1, 1994
Sam Konkin: We have taken our partisan positions because we've been
involved in this conflict for five or ten years. If Lewis didn't write The
Dark Tower, who did? (See page 2.)
Wendell Wagner: Walter Hooper has managed to create a mess in Lewis
scholarship that's going to persist for decades.
John Bremer: In dealing in a scholarly way with any author one ought to be
able to establish a text--either in which you have confidence or in which
the areas in which you cannot have confidence are clearly delimited. We
don't have that!
Mary Borhek: If the other side could mount a defense, they would have done
it. If they could have filed a lawsuit, they would have done it.
David Bratman: If Hooper is telling the truth and is pure as the driven
snow, the best response would probably be no response at all. The best
thing to do would be to try to ignore this silly thing instead of getting
into an argument. So I don't think the fact that Hooper hasn't responded
should be used as evidence that he's telling the truth or lying.
Kath Filmer-Davies: I think Lewis's voice would boom from the back of this
room saying, "Use logic!" He knew psychology. He knew the writings of
Freud and Jung. (Read Till We Have Faces.) He would not have had a
creature walking around with a penis in its forehead!
Jared Lobdell: I'm probably right that the first three chapters were
written in 1938 or 1939, and the last two were written in 1945 or 1946.
There is a break.... The only value to determining whether The Dark Tower
is by Lewis is whether we can use it in critical studies of Lewis's
writing, to illuminate what Lewis was doing and how successful he was and
so on. To me it reads like Lewis.