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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 86, Autumn 2000

Personal Reflections

–Larry Repass, Mexico City
The Spring and Summer 2000 issues of the Lewis Legacy have been given to me
this week and I have devoured them (as usual). I especially enjoyed Larry
Gilman’s article and follow-up comparing many passages from The Dark Tower with others from known works by CSL. His enthusiasm for Lewis and his honest approach, his impressive knowledge of Lewis passages, and his kind but insistent questions remind me of your own 1989 inquiries after the truth. Since those days I have followed your logical investigation into these “mysteries” with great interest. I have read my own experience many times in the testimony of others: discovered CSL in college, read all I could find from his pen, gained spiritual insights and grew in Christ, and then I discovered your “C S Lewis Hoax” in 1990.

A few months later I met Walter Hooper and expressed my honest “position”
— that I had read the ‘Hoax’ and think her questions deserve answers. I
subsequently had a short correspondence with him. He ended with a request
that his communication be considered private and not for publication, so I
have never revealed the content although nothing was there that had not
appeared elsewhere already so there was nothing I could add to the debate
from that source.

I recall deciding early that I was out of my league in regards to research
for clearing anything up, and I accepted that my own role would be as a
reader/learner and where possible acting as a pastor. You both have been
in my prayers since then and shall continue to be. I was glad to be able
to share with you a cassette recording of one of Hooper’s talks on Lewis.

A man no longer interested “in anything Lewis” told me that Hooper had
asked if he would like to see an original C S Lewis manuscript, and was
shown a type-written copy of The Dark Tower. He thought that was strange, to say the least, since he knew that CSL always wrote his manuscripts our longhand. This only confirmed to me what your writing had already convinced me of, that TDT was not written by Lewis.

My correspondence with Hooper was short-lived. When he realized that I was
being duped by “that woman”, we no longer had anything to say to each
other. I do recall that in my last letter to him I cited one of his own
statements from the introduction to a later edition of ‘Screwtape’. He was
answering a criticism that CSL seemed to dwell on petty temptations when a
world war was brewing. Hooper had countered by asking if anything can be
petty if it leads to the damnation of a soul? I prayed that his own
question would do him good.