IN 1998 ULSTERMAN David Bleakley published a book titled C. S. Lewis: atHome in Ireland, with a foreword by Walter Hooper. Bleakley includes a
letter written by Lewis on 27 December 1955, and accompanies it with this
notice: “Copyright (C) 1998 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd., reproduced by permission
of Curtis Brown Group Limited, London.”
Walter Hooper’s foreword is also copyrighted by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd., but
it bears a special disclaimer that made James O’Fee curious, and so he
inquired about it.
Dear Mrs Stevens,
Walter Hooper wrote the Foreword to David Bleakley’s book ‘C. S. Lewis: at
Home in Ireland’, published 29 November 1998. With the Foreword appears
this disclaimer- ‘Foreword by Walter Hooper. Copyright (C) 1998 C. S. Lewis
Pte. Ltd. The opinions and views expressed by Walter Hooper are his own and
do not necessarily express the viewpoints or position of C. S. Lewis Pte.
a) Is this the first time that a disclaimer has been published in this
b) Does the principle apply only to Forewords written by Walter Hooper,
only to Walter Hooper’s work, or to all material written by all employees
of C. S. Lewis Pte Ltd.?
c) If the written words of employees of C. S. Lewis Pte Ltd do not
necessarily express the ‘viewpoints or position of C. S. Lewis Pte Ltd.’,
how does one establish what the ‘viewpoints and position’ of C. S. Lewis
Pte. Ltd. really are?
No answer was forthcoming. Whatever the answer, it is common knowledge that
after 30 years much of Walter Hooper’s pivotal role in Lewis affairs was
rather quickly taken over in the 1990s by Doug Gresham. Through the decades
a few outsiders watch and wonder.