On Monday, Dec. 7, North Carolina native Walter Hooper passed away at the age of 89 from complications related to COVID.
You may have never heard of Hooper, but you have likely benefitted from his work. Hooper served as C. S. Lewis’s literary secretary. After Lewis’s death, Hooper took a position managing Lewis’s literary estate, and he promoted Lewis’s work for the rest of his life.
Describing Hooper’s contributions, Narnia Web writes:
During the days following C.S. Lewis’s death, Hooper was instrumental in preserving Lewis’s legacy by rescuing his papers and manuscripts from destruction. In the many decades since, Hooper’s dedication to the late author’s work has continued by serving as trustee of the literary estate, making him a key figure in putting Lewis’s library of work on bookshelves around the world. He edited manuscripts, published collections of Lewis’s letters, and re-published out-of-print books.
In 2007, The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Seminary hosted a conference titled “C. S Lewis, The Man and His Work, A 21st Century Legacy.” At this conference, Walter Hooper shared about C. S. Lewis’s life and work.
In honor of of Hooper’s passing, we’re delighted to share his two lectures from this event.