C. S. Lewis

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C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis was born on November 29th, 1898, and lived in two centuries. He was an essayist, an author, and a Christian apologist. However, he became famous for his classical children’s novel The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. Lewis was born into a Protestant Ulster family in Belfast, North Ireland. His father A. James Lewis was a solicitor while his grandfather Richard originated from Wales around the mid-19th century. People called his mother Flora, but her real name was Florence Augusta Lewis. She was the daughter of a priest that attended the Church of Ireland.

As a little boy, C. S. Lewis loved anthropomorphic animals. He also loved literature much and fell in love with Beatrix Potters. Lewis loved to read and began written about animal stories at a very tender age. He had one sibling, Warren Hamilton Lewis, and they were buried together in the same tomb.

Career and Education

In the summer of 1917, Lewis enrolled at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, he joined the Officers Training Corps because he wanted to be in the military. After his training Lewis was commissioned into the Third Battalion in the British army and became a second lieutenant on his 19th birthday. In November 1917 he experienced trench warfare for the first time in France.

He was elected a fellow of Magdalene College, Oxford and he worked for 30 years in that post. Lewis wrote many novels and books and was prolific in writing. Other books he wrote are The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Pilgrim Progress, The Great Divorce, Space Trilogy, The Screwtape Letters, Spirits in Bondage, The Four Loves, and lots more.

Personal life

C. S. Lewis married Helen Joy Davidman in 1956. They first met in August 1952 when she took a trip to the United Kingdom. She was an American Poet and a writer, and she had several correspondents with him before they fell in love and wedded. C.S. Lewis had no biological child but adopted two stepchildren from his wife.

In 1961 Lewis suffered from nephritis which resulted in blood poisoning. His condition worsened but began showing signs of improvement in 1962 and fully recovered after a few months. However, in 1963 he suffered a heart attack and went into a coma as a result. He unexpectedly awoke the next day and was discharged from the hospital. Unfortunately, his health started deteriorating again after a few months, which led to his resignation from his duty at Cambridge in August 1963. His condition worsened, and in mid-November, he was diagnosed with renal failure. One week before his 65th birthday he collapsed in his bedroom and died on the 22nd November 1963.

Conclusion

C. S. Lewis is celebrated as a fairy tale, fantasy, science fiction, and children novel writer. He was inducted into the science fiction hall of fame and received several awards such as the Gandalf Awards, Prometheus Awards, Retro Hugo Awards and many more

He wrote over 30 books but is best remembered for his novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. C. S. Lewis was a man of many talents.  He was a writer, a poet, a theologian, and an esteemed professor who worked at Cambridge and Oxford University in England.

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