Re: Sales of Lewis's books
- In a message dated 7/7/99 3:23:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Stolzi@...
> Lewis himself was plenty conservative politically.Yes, but I wonder if he still wasn't *explicitly* conservative enough
politically to satisfy some people. On the average, his political opinions
would be considered somewhat conservative these days (although some would be
a little more conservative than most people now and some a little more
liberal than most people now), but he didn't tend to discuss his political
opinions in his books much. Partly this was he considered important issues
to be "pre-political" (in the sense that they had to be resolved before one
could even begin to do politics), but partly this was because he was trying
to keep the issues discussed in his books to what he considered "mere
On thinking about this issue though, I now suspect that the paucity of
Lewis's books in religious bookstores these days is more because the
lightweightedness of these stores and because many of them don't find Lewis
to be sufficiently *explicitly* fundamentalist.
- The generic Christian bookstore near me, the Lion and the Lamb, has an
excellent selection of Lewis' books. I haven't been to Berean Christian
Bookstore lately to check.
Ave Maria, my local Catholic bookstore, also stocks a fair amount of
Lewis, but not as much as the Lion and the Lamb.
- In a message dated 7/13/99 5:29:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> However, much to my shock, I recently heard someone call MacDonald's work ait had to do
> little too "new age" for her. After a lengthy discussion she agreed that
> with some personal perceptions that might be a little skewed, rather thanthe
> actual work of MacDonald, itself.I've heard of people who think that Charles Williams's books flirt with
In any case, we've established that some religious bookstores are rather
lightweight. Can people tell me how well Lewis's books sell in non-religious
bookstores? What surprised me was not only that there were only about 10 of
Lewis's books in the religious bookstore I checked (a Family Books in the
Laurel Center Mall), but that there were about 120 of his books (counting
books about him) in the largest of the Washington(DC)-area bookstores (the
Borders in White Flint Mall). This was quite a satisfactory selection of
Lewis's books, I thought.
The bigger surprise to me was that there was 20 of his books at Kramer Books
and Afterwords, a hip latenight bookstore/cafe in the Dupont Circle
neighborhood in D.C., which was as many books as any author in their
philosophy/religion section. This store is in a neighborhood that likes to
think of itself as bohemian (and being in D.C., it also tries to appeal to
policy wonks). Historical note: It was one of the two bookstores subpoened
by Ken Starr for a list of books bought by Monica Lewinsky. (The other was
the Barnes & Noble in Georgetown.)
So while some religious bookstores are a little lightweight, it looks to me
like some mainstream bookstores are not lightweight. That's why I wonder if
Lewis's readership is now perceived as being mainstream.
- Say, Wendell, Monica didn't buy any CS Lewis titles, did she? ;)
I have already reported the mall bookstore I found extremely light in the
matter of Lewis. Will check Barnes & Noble next time I'm in there.
- In a message dated 7/14/99 10:15:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Stolzi@...
> Say, Wendell, Monica didn't buy any CS Lewis titles, did she? ;)Can you imagine the cross-examination she would get if she had?
"So, tell us, Ms. Lewinsky, just exactly how did you plan to surprise the
President, and what kind of joy were you promising him?"
- In a message dated 7/16/99 3:56:05 AM Central Daylight Time,
>Miracles happen where Lewis is involved... look at Chuck Colson!
> > Say, Wendell, Monica didn't buy any CS Lewis titles, did she? ;)
> Can you imagine the cross-examination she would get if she had?