“Although Lewis owned a huge library, he possessed few of his own works. His phenomenal memory recorded almost everything he had read except his own writings—an appealing fault. Often, when I quoted lines from his own poems he would ask who the author was. He was a very great scholar, but no expert in the field of C. S. Lewis.”
–Walter Hooper, “Preface” in C.S. Lewis, Poems (New York: Harvest, 1964), vii.