Re: [mythsoc] The Voice of Walter Hooper
- On Jun 13, 2008, at 2:41 AM, WendellWag@... wrote:
> He was *not* Lewis's secretary.Well, J. R. R. Tolkien --who was in a better position to judge than
either of us-- thought otherwise, since he refers to Hooper as "the
late C S Lewis' secretary" in a draft letter I've seen.
Hooper did not know Lewis for long (only a matter of weeks), and he
later deliberately tried to mislead people on that point in order to
beef up his resume, but it seems silly to deny that he did know
Lewis, and that CSL, in Warnie's prolonged absence, entrusted Hooper
with a number of tasks he would not have handed off to a casual
acquaintance (such as reading and responding to letters addressed to
Lewis, and to closing out Lewis's office at Cambridge and making sure
all his books there got to their appropriate destinations).
- In a message dated 6/22/2008 2:40:28 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
"I teach at Marquette"
"What's your position?"
"I'm a T.A. in the English Dept."
I never talked that way when I was a grad student. When asked when I did, I
said that I was a grad student. If asked what I lived on, I would add that
I worked as a teaching assistant. In my experience (and that was at two
large universities - Ohio State and University of Texas), that was what most grad
students said. Your experience may be different from mine, but the grad
students I knew didn't talk of being a teaching assistant as their main job,
just as part of being a grad student.
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