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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 78, Autumn 1998

Gresham's Salty Tongue

At a breakout session, Doug Gresham talked glowingly of Walter Hooper,saying that he defers to Walter’s “definitive” knowledge of the works of C.
S. Lewis. Although Gresham downplayed how well Hooper knew Lewis (“Walter
didn’t know Jack the man at all”), he backpedaled questions about whether
Hooper exaggerated his relationship with Lewis. Gresham said that he isn’t
sure that Hooper did exaggerate. Perhaps it was just his publishers. The
charitable attitude Gresham exhibited toward Hooper, however, was nowhere
to be found when it came to several people now dead. For instance, he said
that Lewis’s housekeepers, Leonard and Mollie Miller, were corrupted by
greed and always stealing things. He even accused them of feeding alcohol
to Warren Lewis so that they could steal from him.

He also identified Sheldon VanAuken as one of the people who came “out of
the woodwork” after C. S. Lewis died and exaggerated their relationship
with Lewis. Finally, he said that although Warren Lewis “was one of the
greatest English gentlemen,” he doesn’t think that he ever saw him sober
after C. S. Lewis died–and he had a foul mouth when drunk. According to
Gresham, Walter Hooper valiantly tried to protect Warren from himself by
going to rescue him from pubs where he would get drunk.

Note: Hooper and Gresham are fellow employees of C. S. Lewis Pte. and do
not criticize each other publicly. The Millers, VanAuken, and Warren all
made statements that reflect badly on C. S. Lewis Pte.