- Kathryn was the author of several Lewis-related books, and a guest at some
early Mythopoeic Society conferences. Does anyone know if she attended any
others besides V in 1974 (scholar Guest of Honor) and XIII in 1982 (special
Kathryn suffered from multiple sclerosis which eventually caused her death.
A friend of hers relates
"I spoke to Kathryn's husband John this evening. She has been in hospice care
at home, and she died peacefully at home. She was comatose for the last
couple of days. Yesterday her pastor, an Episcopalian priest, came to their
home with others from their church to pray and perform last rites. John also
mentioned that recently, before the coma began, the hospice program had sent
a chaplain who was a C.S. Lewis fan, so naturally, they had a good time
"A friend of mine said today that Kathryn was the bravest person she ever
knew, because of the way she kept writing and fighting to keep going, in
spite of her huge physical challenges. I know many of us share this kind
admiration for this gracious and courageous friend of ours.
"John is glad that Kathryn is no longer suffering, but I'm sure that he would
appreciate your prayers in the coming weeks.
"I weep as I write to you, but I can see her running across the fields of
Narnia with Aslan, and I know she will be well."
C.S. Lewis wrote in admiration of her thesis on him, THE LION OF JUDAH IN
NEVER-NEVER LAND (later published as a book)
> "You are in the center of the target everywhere. For one thing, you knowMary S
> my work better than anyone I've met; certainly better than I do myself. . .
> But secondly, you (alone of all the critics I've met) realize the connection
> or even the unity of all the books--scholarly, fantastic, theological--and
> make me appear a single author, not a man who impersonates half a dozen authors
> which is what I seem to most. This wins really very high marks indeed. If
> you understand me so well you will understand other authors too." - 1957
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- Mary asked, regarding the sad news that Kathryn Lindskoog has passed
> Kathryn was the author of several Lewis-related books, and a guestKay was also at Mythcon XVII in Long Beach, CA in 1986. It was where
> at some early Mythopoeic Society conferences. Does anyone know
> if she attended any others besides V in 1974 (scholar Guest of
> Honor) and XIII in 1982 (special guest)?
I met her in person for the first time. Kay and her husband John
spirited me away from the conference for a couple hours to treat me
to a motor tour of the area. I'll never forget that ride -- sitting
in the back of the Lindskoogs' car, my mouth hanging open in
amazement as Kay, smiling over her shoulder from the front
passenger seat, filled me in on her theories about Walter Hooper
and the Lewis Estate. Two years later those theories formed the
basis of her controversial book "The C.S. Lewis Hoax", which was
the first book I ever illustrated.
I'm still pretty stunned to learn of Kay's death. I owe her a greater
debt than I can ever put into words -- she was an enthusiastic
advocate for my aspirations as an artist, always proposing me
to publishers as her first choice as an illustrator. But mostly
when I think of Kay I think of her humor, her boundless generosity
of spirit (especially towards those who were _least_ generous to her),
her marvellously sharp and constantly curious mind, and her heroic
refusal to let her multiple sclerosis stop her from producing volume
after volume of her wonderful, clear, and witty writing.
It was a privilege to have Kay as a friend; I'll miss her.
-- Patrick H. Wynne