A clean, diverse, and full collection of papers by established and emerging scholars, poets, and writers, this collection is very depressing. It says many of the things that I have wanted to say, but haven’t yet gotten to writing down.
Even worse, in my quick scan, some of them are better than what I would have done.
I’m sure there are many problematic and horrifying arguments in the diverse collection of essays, but even that saddens me. What better than to have clear disagreement between the authors that find themselves on pages back-to-back?
Oh well. There is no sense worrying about why bad book announcements happen to good scholars. I’ll return, with tears, to my dusty tomes. This book will look down from its shelf at me, reeking of the disdain of its sheer good-ideaness.
Book Description from Amazon
Sexism in Narnia? Or Screwtape? Or among the Inklings? Critics have labelled C.S. Lewis a sexist, even a misogynist. Did the life and writing of the hugely popular British author and professor betray attitudes that today are unacceptable, even deplorable?
The younger Lewis was criticized for a mysterious living arrangement with a woman, but his later marriage to an American poet, Joy Davidman, became a celebrated love story. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien formed a legendary literary group, the Inklings – but without women.
Women and C.S. Lewis features academics and writers who come together to investigate the accusations: Alister McGrath, Randy Alcorn, Monika Hilder, Holly Ordway, Don W. King, Kathy Keller, Colin Duriez, Crystal Hurd, Jeanette Sears, David C. Downing, Michael Ward, Devin Brown, Malcolm Guite, Joy Jordan-Lake, Steven Elmore, Andrew Lazo, Mary Poplin, Christin Ditchfield, Lyle W. Dorsett, Paul McCusker, Crystal Downing, Kasey Macsenti, Brett McCracken, John Stonestreet, Kelly Belmonte, Brad Davis. Women and C.S. Lewis provides broad and satisfying answers. Editors are Carolyn Curtis, veteran journalist and book author; Mary Pomroy Key, Director, C.S. Lewis Study Center, Northfield, Massachusetts.