C.S. Lewis Biography


Type: Novelist, Scholar, Broadcaster

Born: 29 November 1898,Belfast, Ireland

Died: 22 November 1963 (aged 64),Oxford, England

From a very young age, he displayed a keen interest in anthropomorphic animals. Also he loved to read, for him reading books was a simple task. His childhood was happy and carefree. Before being enrolled in a school, he was previously being tutored privately. In 1908, after his mother’s death, he and his brother joined a school. This was when he was just nine years old. After that, he joined the Campbell College but left shortly after being diagnosed with respiratory problems. From there on-wards, he attended the Cherbourg House, a preparatory school.

In 1916, he received a full-fledge scholarship from Oxford University. This was what formed his faith and he turned into an atheist. In order to join the army, he took a short break from studies but returned after being wounded. Over there, he made some really good friends. As a young boy, he was deeply inspired by Scandinavian literature. As he grew up, he gradually started to admire nature, modern languages such as Italian, German and French and the beautiful things that surrounded him. His teenage writings began to adopt different forms as he moved from one place to another. His mass appeal was wide since he wrote more than 30 books each year. While in Oxford, he wrote for Reveille that was C. S. Lewis first publication. After graduating from his university, he began to contribute to various other publications. He wrote a volume on the 16th Century English literature. The publication became an instant classic. In recognition of his efforts, he received the Gollancz Memorial Prize for Literature. The money that he got from contributing to Screwtape Letters was given to the charity. Sometime later, he also gave live shows on radio based on the talks of Right and Wrong. There were different things that he talked about such as “What Christians believe” and “Christian behaviour”. In 1948, much to his dismay, he was elected in the Royal Society of Literature as a fellow; however he lost the election as a professor. Being disappointed, he rejected the election to the Order of the British Empire. His books, "The Allegory of love" is considered a master piece till today.

Later on, he became occupied with the health situation of his wife. After her death, his health began to worsen. He died on November 22, 1963. He is remembered all over the world by his readers and continues to be a role model for generations.

Selected books:

  • The Pilgrim's Regress (1933)

Space Trilogy:

  • Out of the Silent Planet (1938)
  • Perelandra (aka Voyage to Venus) (1943)
  • That Hideous Strength (1945)
  • The Screwtape Letters (1942)
  • The Great Divorce (1945)

The Chronicles of Narnia:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
  • Prince Caspian (1951)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
  • The Silver Chair (1953)
  • The Horse and His Boy (1954)
  • The Magician's Nephew (1955)
  • The Last Battle (1956)
  • Till We Have Faces (1956)
  • Ministering Angels (Short Story, Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 1958)
  • Screwtape Proposes a Toast (1961) (an addition to The Screwtape Letters)
  • The Dark Tower (1977)
  • Boxen: The Imaginary World of the Young C. S. Lewis (ed. Walter Hooper, 1985)

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