C. S. Lewis: A Biography
by A. N. Wilson
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1990.
334 pages, $22.50 (hardcover)
reviewed by Wayne Martindale
I confess. I was convinced I wouldn’t like Wilson’s book before I ever read it.
His preface appeared in the New York Times Book Review. In it, he accused various persons or camps in Lewis studies of creating portraits of Lewis after their own image. Wheaton College and the Wade Center (which is acknowledged to be the best collection of Lewis material in the world) were caricatured as places far removed from the real world, hence with an unreal view of Lewis. The Wade Center, Wilson suggests, is a shrine for the hero worship of a plaster-sainted Lewis, not a place which . . .
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