C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) 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.

Photo: Statue of C. S. Lewis in Belfast. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Speculative Fiction Novels (21)
2008  Boxen: Childhood Chronicles Before Narnia
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2008  Narnia Chronology: From the Archives of the Last King
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2001  The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)
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1998  The Complete Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)
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1977  The Dark Tower and Other Stories
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1975  Space Trilogy (Space Trilogy)
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1965  Screwtape Proposes a Toast
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1959  The Screwtape Letters
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1956  Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
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1956  The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
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1955  The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
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1954  The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
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1953  The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
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1952  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
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1951  Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
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1950  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
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1946  The Great Divorce
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1945  That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, #3)
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1943  Perelandra (Space Trilogy, #2)
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1938  Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1)
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1933  The Pilgrim's Regress
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