James Como, “Branches to Heaven: The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis”

This was an interesting book, stressing in particular the fact that Lewis was always a rhetorician, in the classical sense — that is, always trying to persuade people by what he wrote. ┬áThere’s some academic denseness in it; here are a few notes I made:

  • When Lewis was living with Mrs. Moore, it “almost certainly included a brief sexual interlude” (42).
  • Virgil was “his [Lewis’s] very favorite classical author” (43).
  • There is some discussion of Lewis as an existentialist (e.g., 189-90), including a concurrent discussion of Walker Percy.