Kathryn Lindskoog

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Kathryn Lindskoog (December 26, 1934 – October 21, 2003) was a C. S. Lewis scholar known partly for her theory that some works attributed to Lewis are forgeries, including The Dark Tower.

The main target of Lindskoog's writing was Walter Hooper, Lewis's literary co-executor who edited most of Lewis's posthumous work. Lindskoog points out that Hooper's relationship with Lewis was overstated in some of the publications that he edited, and she argues that several works published under Lewis's name were in fact by Hooper.

C. S. Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham, denies the forgery claims, saying that "The whole controversy thing was engineered for very personal reasons... Her fanciful theories have been pretty thoroughly discredited."[1] It is not clear if Gresham has ever been in a position to know the details of the literary controversy or the nature of Hooper's acquaintance with Lewis during the closing months of Lewis' life. It is clear from the diaries of Warren Lewis that Lewis' brother distrusted Hooper, whom he viewed as a dishonest interloper in the 1960s.[1] Lewis scholars are divided about the merits of Lindskoog's charges, but some of them have since been disproved by discovery of Lewis's own typescripts.[citation needed] Much of her perceived animosity against Hooper may (or may not) have been derived from disappointment that she was not given any role in dealing with his literary legacy Template:Need citation only anecdotal, though Lewis acknowledged her as knowledgeable about his bibliography.[citation needed] The controversy was analysed by Nicolas Barker in 'Essays in criticism' (see reference), where he calls Lindskoog's work "a poisoned book".


  1. ^ Kathryn Lindskoog, The C.S. Lewis Hoax (Portland, Oregon: Multnomah, 1988), 117-45.

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Surprised by C.S. Lewis George Macdonald and Dante: A Batch of New Discoveries
  • Sleuthing C.S. Lewis: More Light in the Shadowlands
  • C.S. Lewis, Mere Christian
  • Light in the Shadowlands: Protecting the Real C.S. Lewis.
  • The C. S. Lewis Hoax
  • Finding the Landlord: A Guidebook to C.S. Lewis' Pilgrim's Regress (Chicago: Cornerstone Press, 1995)
  • Barker, Nicolas: C. S. Lewis, darkly, in Essays in criticism, XL (1990), 358–367, also in his 'Form and meaning in the history of the book', 2003.

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