Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Gopnik article on C.S. Lewis

Adam Gopnik takes on C.S. Lewis' reputation here in the States and in England for the New Yorker (link will last only briefly). The issue is, as Gopnik notes, that, "if in England he is subject to condescension, his admirers here have made him hostage to a cult." Gopnik includes an interesting side note in the article supporting this analysis--there is a stained glass window featuring Lewis in a church in Monrovia, CA. (I had no idea!)

Gopnik finds in Lewis' works and in the many biographies of Lewis "the hidden truth that his faith was really of a fable-first kind kept his writing forever in tension between his desire to imagine and his responsibility to dogmatize."

An interesting, detailed article. Check it out before it disappears.