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  • John D Rateliff
    Nov 7, 2005
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      Actually, of the three main biographies on CSL, I'd recommend starting with the Green & Hooper. That's the authorized biography, and it does the best job of discussing the main outlines of his life, works, and career. Although now more than thirty years old, it's still not been superceded as a whole. Then if you'd like to read more I'd read the Sayer next, since it's a warm portrait by a friend, as much memoir as biography; it'll convey why Lewis's friends thought so highly of him. Its main shortcoming is that it's too uncritical of its subject, which isn't that much of a flaw in a biography. Then I'd read the Wilson, who's deliberately iconoclastic and wants to establish that, all in all, CSL while talents was also a rather strange man.
      Or, if you want a shorter take on things, Carpenter's THE INKLINGS is as much a biography of CSL as the group.

      P.S.: "Never wrote another word" is White's garbled version of a comment by Carpenter that, after his mauling by Anscombe, CSL stopped writing straightforward apologetics for many years and, when he resumed, his religious books were much more personal in tone (e.g., MIRACLES, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, MERE XIANITY vs. REFLECTIONS ON THE PSALMS and LETTERS TO MALCOLM: CHIEFLY ON PRAYER).

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      From: Jay Hershberger <hershjay@...>
      Sent: Nov 7, 2005 10:27 AM
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [mythsoc] count the errors

      Thanks for the information, David. And to all who responded. I think I
      will start with Sayer's book on Lewis.


      Jay Hershberger
      Moorhead, MN
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