Phenomenal author, C. S. Lewis is one of my all time favorites! C. S. Lewis has a large number of exquisite books, and famous quotes. I decided to do some research on his extraordinary life and books.
C.S. Lewis, full name Clive Staples Lewis. He was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. Lewis’ mother was Flora August Hamilton Lewis, and his father was Albert J. Lewis and an older brother named Warren. He and Warren spent alot of time together, they were very close. When Lewis was a toddler he demanded everyone to call him by the name ‘Jack’ for some unknown and peculiar reason. Growing up, he was astonished by fantastic animals and fairy tales. Lewis and his brother, Warren created their own imaginary land of Boxen, with many tales of it’s own that developed into a book of Lewis’ in the future called Boxen. Lewis attended boarding schools and had tutors help him wih his education. During WWI, he served with the British army until sent home due to a wound by shrapnel.
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.
-C. S. Lewis
Lewis graduated from Oxford University in literature and classic philosophy. In 1925, Lewis was awarded a teaching position at Magdalene College. This is when he joined a group called The Inklings, a collection of writers and intellectuals. His brother Warren attended the group as well. This is where he met his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien. After multiple debates and conversations, Lewis renewed his faith in Christ and embraced Christianity after being misled of his faith in his youth. This encouraged Lewis to write. Using logic and philosophy to support Christian faith. This is truly amazing to me, how he became a Christian once again by conversations in a small group of friends.
Faith is the art of holding on to things in spite of your changing moods and circumstances.
-C. S. Lewis
Lewis wrote his first book in the 1926, Dymer (1926). This book was only the beginning of this man’s famous writings. I have created this list of all of his books, followed by the date they published. This is only a short list of Lewis’ books. Visit his website to check out more, or simoly go to the nearest Barnes and Noble where Lewis practically has his very own shelf or aisle.
- The Pilgrim’s Regress (1933)
- The Allegory of Love (1936)
- Out of the Silent Planet (1938)
- The Problem of Pain (1940)
- The Screwtape Letters (1942)
- The Abolition of Man (1943)
- The Great Divorce (1946)
- Miracles (1947)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (1950)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (1951)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
- Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (1955)
- Reflection on the Psalms (1958)
- The Four Loves (1960
- A Grief Observed (1961)
- Boxen (1985)
During the WWII, Lewis started on a book Mere Christianity (1952). This is my favorite book of his.
The year 1954 he became a professor at Cambridge University teaching literature. In 1956 he married Joy Gresham, a coworker. Their marriage was filled of love, joy and God. Such a beautiful marriage. Lewis had a love for his wife that only grew stronger every day. Even after Joy’s death in 1960, due to cancer. This is what his book A Grief Observed was inspired by. About 3 years later, C.S. Lewis resigned from his career as a professor after experiencing pain and heart trouble. Soon after, Lewis died in 1963. Leaving thousands of fans still astonished at his writings. Today, Lewis still leaves a great mark on readers lives through his books. Giving many people faith, and a perspective on Christianity.
Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
-C. S. Lewis
After the sudden death of Lewis, people were so astonished by his work that they created movies based on his writings and personal life. Lewis and Joy’s marriage was depicted in the play and two film versions called Shadowlands, directed by Richard Attenborough. Another famous film was based on Lewis’ books The Chronicles of Narnia. Beginning with a cartoom version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 1979. In the year 2005 the books hit the big screen. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Followed by Prince Caspian in 2008 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. Years later a movie version of his book The Silver Chair hit the theaters.
To this day, C. S. Lewis makes an impact on thousands of people around the world through Christiant literature. Lewis continues to encourage others in faith. How amazing!!! One person made such a huge imoact on this world, and even after death Lewis still is making an impact on this world. He has made this impact on my life; because Lewis is an phenomenal writer, his words and intellegence has, almost as if, helped me become a better, loving Christian. he is one of my top 5 favorite authors!
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