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C. S. Lewis

Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist

1898   -   1963

movement: Inklings
genre: mirabilia, fantasy, science fiction, apologetics
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
educated at: University College, Campbell College, Malvern College, Wynyard School
occupation: writer, poet, university teacher, novelist, philosopher, medievalist, autobiographer, literary scholar, theologian, essayist, screenwriter, literary critic, science fiction writer, children's writer, philologist
award received: Carnegie Medal, honorary doctorate at the Laval University, Fellow of the British Academy
student of: William T. Kirkpatrick
influenced by: Dante Alighieri, G. K. Chesterton, William Morris, Arthur Balfour, Joseph Butler, Beatrix Potter, H. Rider Haggard, Edith Nesbit, William Butler Yeats, William Blake, Thomas Traherne, George MacDonald, H. G. Wells, Evelyn Underhill, Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, John Milton, Aristotle, Plato, J. R. R. Tolkien, Geoffrey Chaucer

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis's memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptised in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an "ordinary layman of the Church of England". Lewis's faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim. Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema. His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian apologists from many denominations. In 1956, Lewis married American writer Joy Davidman; she died of cancer four years later at the age of 45. Lewis died on 22 November 1963 from renal failure, one week before his 65th birthday. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis was honoured with a memorial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.
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Mere Christianity

book by C. S. Lewis on the fundamentals of Christianity

author: C. S. Lewis


The Screwtape Letters

satirical, epistolary Christian apologetic novel by C. S. Lewis

author: C. S. Lewis


Till We Have Faces

1956 novel by C. S. Lewis; a retelling of Cupid and Psyche, based on its telling in a chapter of The Golden Ass of Apuleius

author: C. S. Lewis


The Problem of Pain

1940 book on the problem of evil by C. S. Lewis, in which Lewis argues that human pain, animal pain, and hell are not sufficient reasons to reject belief in a good and powerful God

author: C. S. Lewis


The Four Loves

book by C.S. Lewis

author: C. S. Lewis

A Grief Observed

book by C.S. Lewis

author: C. S. Lewis


The Great Divorce

theological dream vision by C. S. Lewis, in which he reflects on the Christian conceptions of Heaven and Hell

author: C. S. Lewis


The Discarded Image

book by C.S. Lewis

author: C. S. Lewis


Studies in Words

book by C. S. Lewis, published in 1960, about the history of various English words which have changed their meanings

author: C. S. Lewis


Spirits in Bondage

book by C.S. Lewis

author: C. S. Lewis

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