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Sleuthing C. S. Lewis: More Light in the Shadowlands [Paperback]

By Kathryn Lindskoog (Author)
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Were the posthumous books of C.S. Lewis at least partially forged? Lindskoog suspects that they were---and that the fraud has been promoted by public relations and protected by secrecy. Her gripping tale of literary detective work explores rumors of forgery, imposture, and cover-up, and offers unique insights into the relationship between Lewis and his brother. 432 pages, softcover from Mercer.

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Within a few months of C. S. Lewis's death in 1963, certain facts about his life were already being fictionalized and his literary leavings were being contaminated with fakery. Year after year, the fraud has been promoted by public relations and protected by secrecy. Year after year, Lindskoog has explored the fraud further. The result is a gripping tale with an amazing cast of characters and new developments every year. This is scholarship packed with human interest and suspense.

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Sleuthing C. S. Lewis: More Light in the Shadowlands by Kathryn Lindskoog has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/28/2001 page 63

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Studio: Mercer University Press
Pages   436
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.25"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2001
Publisher   Mercer University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0865547300  
ISBN13  9780865547308  

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More About Kathryn Lindskoog

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kathryn Lindskoog is a prolific writer, teacher, and literary critic. She is probably best known for her book C. S. Lewis: Mere Christian, an examination of the work of Lewis, who wrote to her, You know my work better than anyone else I ve met: certainly better than I do myself. Among her twenty-one other books are Creative Writing for People Who Can t Not Write and the three-volume Dante s Divine Comedy: Journey to Joy. The mother of two grown children, she lives in California with her husband.
Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, a former elementary and high school teacher, is now a freelance writer of books and articles and a staff writer for Chuck Swindoll s Insight for Living ministry. She has written five books, including In God We Trust: Stories of Faith in American History (with Tim Crater), The Hidden Price of Greatness (with Ray Beeson) and a biography of David Brainerd. She and her husband live in California."

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The pot to the kettle  Oct 14, 2004
This book is almost a disaster. Don't get me wrong---I think Walter Hooper is a nut, & someone has to point out the damage he's been doing to Lewis's literary estate for 40 years. To the extent Lindskoog does point it out, I appreciate her book. Unfortunately she's a bit of a nut herself.

First, typographically the book is a mess. I've never seen so many typos in a published text; it looks like it was never proofread even once. This really obscures the meaning at times (for instance, when quoted passages are inconsistently indented so you can't tell where the quotation ends), and at best is distracting and frustrating.

Second, Lindskoog overstates her case in every chapter. A few examples: The phrase "English public school" in The Dark Tower is not used by C.S. Lewis in his own person, but by a character who is a foreigner ... English people DO know about Benedict Arnold, and would be likely to reference him rather than Quisling while conversing with Americans ... The idea that Madeleine L'engle invented the "hive-and-brainwashed-drones" sci-fi cliche is insane .... The criticisms of The Dark Tower's prose are pendantic and inept; Lindskoog seems to have no inner ear and no understanding of alliteration, parallel phrases, or rhythym.

Third, Lindskoog is very obviously (and clumsily) trying to write between the lines that Walter Hooper is gay. This smear is all the more despicable because she won't just say it outright (and explain why it's relevant). An anti-Hooper book should deal with his dishonesty, unscrupulous editing, and possible forgeries, but Lindskoog isn't satisfied with these and pushes her insinuations throughout (Hooper had a young male roommate; Hooper was briefly at a seminary that A.N. Wilson described as flamingly queer; Hooper and Owen Barfield produced a document with "blue restroom" jokes; Hooper, or someone who made a C.S. Lewis movie, was fond of boy-choirs; Hooper, according to "rumor," left this or that college "under a cloud," and more ... MUCH more). Do I need to point out that her hero, CSL, would never even begin to stoop so low?

I'm not saying that you shouldn't look into it. If you don't know about the Hooper fiasco, it's worthwhile to read one of Lindskoog's books on the subject. But as a reviewer I just can't rate her work very high.
We're Not in Narnia Anymore, Mr. Tumnus.  Feb 7, 2004
Dr. Kathryn Lindskoog's latest book on what she refers to as "the C. S. Lewis Hoax," is one that readers of her other two books on the subject will not want to miss.

I read and very much enjoyed her early study of the theology of the Narnia books, "The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land." Her first of three books on the hoax, "The C. S. Lewis Hoax," published in 1988, read like a mystery thriller and had me hooked from page one. I was thrilled at her dective skills, horrified that so many people had been duped by the Lewis Estate, and amused at her contention that Lewis himself, while objecting to his published work being tampered with, would, at the same time, probably enjoy a good chuckle over the whole thing. My initial skepticism was quashed by the extensive documentation provided in the book, as well as the positive support from C. S. Lewis friends and authorities she received in response to the book.

If even half of the extensively documented, footnoted allegations and questions Lindskoog raises in this latest book are true, the C. S. Lewis Estate, and Wallter Hooper in particular, have some serious explaining to do. To date, no answers, only threats of lawsuits have been forthcoming from Hooper and Co.

As if they needed it, Lindskoog's allegations are lent even more credibility by the fact that several prominent C. S. Lewis scholars, authors and academics, such as Lloyd Alexander, Arthur C. Clarke, Algis Budrys, Gene Wolfe, Joe Christopher and Lyle Dorset, have signed petitions (reprinted in the book's appendix section) asking Hooper and the Lewis estate to provide answers to Lindskoog's charges that "The Dark Tower" and other recently piublished Lewis material are forgeries written by Hooper, a former Episcopalian clergyman from Kentucky, who now affects a British accent and Lewisian mannerisms, and that portions of modern reprints of other Lewis works, such as "Screwtape Letters," have been altered by Hooper. The answers they provide are crucial for a true and accurate understanding of the Lewis corpus; if it's been tampred with, we need to know!

Walter Hooper is routinely touted as the "foremost authority on C. S. Lewis," a position he seems unwilling to downplay; this is incorrect-for, as her works demonstrate, Kathryn Lindskoog is the foremost authority on C. S. Lewis.

If you're at all interested in Lewis, or Lewis studies, I urge you to get this book! (and the other two) Then write a letter to the Lewis Estate demanding they put forward answers.

Thank you Dr. Lindskoog, for providing us with more light in the Shadowlands.

A real find  Mar 28, 2002
Kathryn Lindskoog does not appear to take the role of judge or prosecuting attorney, but of investigative journalist as well as literary critic. She makes it clear in the preface material that this is an updated, expanded version of her earlier book "Light in the Shadowlands (also an excellent read). The interesting subtitle here is MORE Light in the Shadowlands. Anyone who dislikes wit and cheerful satire in serious scholarship should not read Lindskoog, because that's what she's noted for.

One should note that there is some extremely important new material in "Sleuthing", such as proof that 45 of the 75 poems that Lewis published in his lifetime were altered in 1964 by someone named Walter Hooper. So the versions that are familiar to Lewis' readers are inferior to what Lewis actually wrote. (One becomes increasingly familiar with Hooper in both books). Some of the poems are completely ruined. She also reveals shocking new facts about the secret ownership of the Lewis literary estate and the fact that the royalties on his estate go to (get this) a tax shelter in Lichtenstein, where they can't be investigated.

There are plenty of other new suprises in this highly entertaining new book, and I highly recommend it!

essential reading  Nov 18, 2001
Lindskoog leaves a comet-trail of controversy wherever she goes in Lewis studies, but nobody who is interested in the writings of C. S. Lewis can afford to be ignorant of the case she makes in this book and in its earlier version, _Light in the Shadowlands_. What, after all, _are_ the writings of C. S. Lewis? There appears to be legitimate doubt about the authorship of some of the posthumously-released material.

_Sleuthing C. S. Lewis_ is an update and expansion of Lindskoog's earlier volume, and the text contains numerous additions. I thought it well worth the read, both to revisit the old material and to pick out the new. Also, this version has a much-needed index, unlike the earlier edition.

The text is marred by an unusually large number of typographical errors, no doubt the result of being handled by a small university press. However, this book is an important one. It is civil yet witty in tone and packed with fascinating stuff.

Buy, read, make up your own mind. (Or reserve judgement until more complete evidence is available, as the case may be.) These are important questions, and Lindskoog is the only writer on the market that treats them.

Conspiracy Theories for Lewis Fans  Oct 18, 2001
In _Sleuthing C.S. Lewis_, Kathryn Lindskoog carries on her crusade against Walter Hooper with all the balance and objectivity of a prosecuting attorney. Readers of Mrs. Lindskoog's earlier book _Light in the Shadowlands_ may find it useful to know that this latest book is not really a sequel but a modest revision. (Neither the this site website nor the Mercer University Press website mentions that fact.)

The reason for the relatively low rating I gave _Sleuthing_ is that I don't think the way Mrs. Lindskoog presents her case is commensurate with the seriousness of her allegations. Unlike a real prosecuting attorney, Mrs. Lindskoog is able, and more than willing, to present information whose prejudicial effect outweighs its probative value. I don't see the point of the rumormongering that takes place on pages 90, 177, and 178, or the catty remark about Hooper's conversion that is included on page 179, for instance. For some time Lindskoog has been making insinuations about Hooper's sexual orientation, and those appear, if anything, to be getting more numerous. (As a small example, compare footnote 6 on page 58 of _Sleuthing_ to footnote 6 on page 55 of _Light_.)

It would have been nice if Mrs. Lindskoog had said more about her methodology. She bridles at the charge that her theories are unfalsifiable, but the way that both similarities and dissimilarities between disputed and undisputed Lewis texts are used to bolster charges of forgery makes one wonder what sort of evidence she would accept as exculpatory. A.Q. Morton's identification of _The Dark Tower_ as a composite work is reported by Mrs. Lindskoog, but criticism of Morton's cusum technique by Michael Hilton, David Holmes, Pieter de Haan, and Erik Schils is not.

There are probably few living scholars who know more about C.S. Lewis than Mrs. Lindskoog does. The first book about Lewis I ever bought was the 1981 edition of Lindskoog's _C.S. Lewis: Mere Christian_; I enjoyed it greatly. Looking back at that book, I see that while Mrs. Lindskoog now writes "The most far-fetched fantasy of 1977 may have been the idea that Lewis was the author of _The Dark Tower_", in 1981 she wrote that "Lewis unfortunately got only halfway through [_The Dark Tower_] . . . No one knows why Lewis gave up on this innovative story".


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