On second thoughts, the book I tossed may have been the paperback without the
I think the whole episode is symptomatic. I will quote below the passage
from Lewis' letter to Barfield (June '38) which AN Wilson so misinterpreted.
Readers will see that it =can= be, I won't say forced, but stretched to have
the meaning he gives it (that the post-conversion Lewis disapproved of the
listed pleasures). But it's my contention that the misinterpretation so
shows the complete lack of understanding Wilson had for Lewis and how his
mind worked, that it illustrates how unreliable the book is in general terms.
Lewis said: "It frightens me almost. And so it did the other night when I
heard two undergrads. giving a list of pleasures which were (a) Nazi. (b)
Leading to homosexuality. They were, feeling the wind in your hair, walking
with bare feet in the grass, and bathing in the rain. Think it over: it
gets worse the longer you look at it."