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C. S. Lewis

Knowledge Identifier: +C._S._Lewis


C. S. Lewis

Irish novelist, poet, academic, medievalist and literary criticadd

Category: Literature

Born in 1898.

Countries: United Kingdom (79%), United States (8%), Greece (4%)

Main connections: J. R. R. Tolkien, William Blake, G. K. Chesterton

Linked to: Magdalen College, Oxford, Magdalene College, Cambridge, University of Oxford, Oxford University Press




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Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast , Ireland, on 29 November 1898. add something


At the age of four, shortly after his dog Jacksie was killed by a car, he announced that his name was now Jacksie. add something


In September 1913, Lewis enrolled at Malvern College, where he remained until the following June. add something


In 1916, Lewis was awarded a scholarship at University College, Oxford. add something


In 1917, Lewis left his studies to volunteer in the British Army. add something


In December 1917 Lewis wrote in a letter to his childhood friend Arthur Greeves that Jane and Greeves were "the two people who matter most to me in the world. add something


Paddy was killed in action in 1918 and Lewis kept his promise. add something


On 15 April 1918, Lewis was wounded and two of his colleagues were killed by a British shell falling short of its target. add something


He was discharged in December 1918, and soon returned to his studies. add something


Lewis received a First in Honour Moderations in 1920, a First in Greats in 1922, and a First in English in 1923. add something


In 1921, Lewis met Yeats twice, since Yeats had moved to Oxford. add something


Lewis taught as a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, for nearly thirty years, from 1925 to 1954, and later was the first Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University and a fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. add something


R. Tolkien (J._R._R._Tolkien), whom he seems to have met for the first time on 11 May 1926, and by the book The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton. add something


After his conversion to theism in 1929, Lewis converted to Christianity in 1931, following a long discussion and late-night walk with his close friends Tolkien (J._R._R._Tolkien) and Hugo Dyson. add something


In 1930, Lewis and his brother Warnie moved, with Mrs. Moore and her daughter Maureen, into "The Kilns", a house in the district of Headington Quarry on the outskirts of Oxford. add something


The Hobbit - By late 1932 he had finished the story and lent the manuscript to several friends, including C. S. Lewis In 1936, when Griffiths was visited in Oxford by Susan Dagnall, a staff member of the publisher George Allen & Unwin, she is reported to have either lent Dagnall the book or suggested she borrow it from Tolkien


Many of the ideas in the Trilogy, particularly the opposition to de-humanization in the third volume, are presented more formally in LewisÂ’ The Abolition of Man, based on his series of lectures at Durham University in 1943. add something


The title is a reference to William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a concept that Lewis found a "disastrous error" (Lewis 1946, p. add something


According to George Sayer, losing a 1948 debate with Elizabeth_Anscombe (G._E._M._Anscombe), a Christian, led Lewis to reevaluate his role as an apologist, and his future works concentrated on devotional literature and children's books. add something


Victor Reppert disputes Sayer, listing some of Lewis's post-1948 apologetic publications, including the second and revised edition of his Miracles in 1960, in which Lewis addressed Anscombe's criticism. add something


Written between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, the series is Lewis's most popular work, having sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages. add something

Major work

1950 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis


Jane Moore suffered from dementia in her later years and was eventually moved into a nursing home, where she died in 1951. add something


Peter Bide, performed the ceremony at her hospital bed in March 1957. add something


Gresham's cancer soon went into a brief remission, and the couple lived as a family until her eventual relapse and death in 1960. add something


The year she died, the couple took a brief holiday in Greece and the Aegean in 1960; Lewis was fond of walking but not of travel, and this marked his only crossing of the English Channel after 1918. add something


In early June 1961, Lewis began experiencing medical problems and was diagnosed with inflammation of the kidneys which resulted in blood poisoning. add something


Arthur Balfour - In 1962, Oxford writer C. S. Lewis told "Christian Century" that "Theism and Humanism" was one of the ten books that most influenced his thought


C. S. Lewis died in 1963 add something


Lewis's health continued to improve, and according to his friend George Sayer, Lewis was fully himself by early 1963. add something


On 15 July 1963 he fell ill and was admitted to hospital. add something


On 22 November 1963, exactly one week before his 65th birthday, Lewis collapsed in his bedroom at 5:30 pm and died a few minutes later. add something


Chris Van Allsburg - His art has been featured on the covers of an edition of C. S. Lewis's series "The Chronicles of Narnia", published by HarperCollins in 1994, as well as in three children's books written by Mark Helprin


Gresham, Douglas, Behind The Wardrobe: An Interview Series with Douglas Gresham, Narnia Fans, http://www. add something


Charles Dance - He received rave reviews and a Critics' Circle Best Actor *award for his performance as the Oxford don C. S. Lewis in William Nicholson's "Shadowlands", in the 2007 stage revival


Germain's 2009 play Freud's Last Session, which imagines a meeting between Lewis, aged 41, and Sigmund Freud, aged 83, at Freud's house in Hampstead, London, in 1939, as the Second World War is about to break out. add something


In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis will be honoured with a memorial in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey add something


In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis will join some of Britain's greatest writers recognized at Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey add something


The dedication service, at noon on 22 November 2013, included a reading from "The Last Battle" by Douglas Gresham, younger stepson of Lewis add something