Lewis Co. Ltd. First Floor Unit 4, Old Generator House Bourne Valley Road Poole Dorset BH12 1DZ Tel: 01202 765652 Fax: 01202 765665 Email: rachelchurchill@narnia.com He wrote fantasy and sci-fi books and plenty of non-fiction. They give the reader an insight into how these letters went on to influence many of his future writings. In 1958 he spent his honeymoon there at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn,[26] which he called "my Irish life". Within months of entering Oxford, the British Army shipped him to France to fight in the First World War. Walter Hooper, a Catholic convert best-known for his tireless work in promoting the work of CS Lewis, has died aged 89. Born Clive Staple Lewis and known as Jack to his near and dear ones, C. S. Lewis is a world renowned author, especially popular for his fantasy-fiction book series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Maureen Moore, Paddy's sister, said that the two made a mutual pact[37] that if either died during the war, the survivor would take care of both of their families. This book is set on earth, where the National Institute of Coordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E. Lewis's brother had enrolled there three years previously. This book is about the grief and trials the author deals with after the death of his wife, Joy Davidman. It has been co-authored by C. S. Lewis and Eustace Mandeville Wetenhall Tillyard, with each having written three essays. In early June 1961, Lewis began suffering from nephritis, which resulted in blood poisoning. Earlier that year, the couple took a brief holiday in Greece and the Aegean; Lewis was fond of walking but not of travel, and this marked his only crossing of the English Channel after 1918. His books were largely targetted at children. [51] Lewis was only 40 when the war started, and he tried to re-enter military service, offering to instruct cadets; but his offer was not accepted. He did not intend to. Costello, Alicia D. 2009. But he has not returned. He also expressed an interest in the Irish language,[17][18] though there is not much evidence that he laboured to learn it. "[24] Throughout his life, he sought out the company of other Irish people living in England[25] and visited Northern Ireland regularly. [127], Lewis has been the subject of several biographies, a few of which were written by close friends, such as Roger Lancelyn Green and George Sayer. "[61] After complaining of a painful hip, she was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, and the relationship developed to the point that they sought a Christian marriage. Today, I would like to commemorate the work of C.S. 67 books based on 16 votes: Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. The story revolves around time travel, the adventures of entering into another universe, and one very mean unicorn. A group of men explore the planet, when another group of people from earth land there. Lewis Company Ltd. at. It has a strong political theme. He argued that Jesus made several implicit claims to divinity, which would logically exclude that claim: I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.' His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian apologists from many denominations. This book is set entirely on Mars. Lewis Company Ltd. at. After all, there is no doubt, ami, that the Irish are the only people: with all their faults, I would not gladly live or die among another folk. Later Sayer changed his mind. This book has only Lucy and Edmund, and a new character named Eustace Scrubb, who is their cousin. I started to confess how long that Life had delayed in the region of imagination merely: how slowly and reluctantly I had come to admit that his Christendom had more than an accidental connexion with it, how hard I had tried not to see the true name of the quality which first met me in his books is Holiness.[45]. The C.S. He also believed that baseless and unscientific beliefs can cause more harm than good. Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. On 15 July that year, he fell ill and was admitted to the hospital; he suffered a heart attack at 5:00 pm the next day and lapsed into a coma, unexpectedly waking the following day at 2:00 pm. Lewis Life & Works In the legacy of C.S. [114] Theologian John Hick argues that New Testament scholars do not now support the view that Jesus claimed to be God. He has just had a glimpse of this island, which he has been unable to forget. In the introduction to the 1997 edition of his biography of Lewis he wrote: I have had to alter my opinion of Lewis's relationship with Mrs. Moore. [33][page needed] He suffered from depression and homesickness during his convalescence and, upon his recovery in October, he was assigned to duty in Andover, England. Lewis was schooled by private tutors until age nine when his mother died in 1908 from cancer. London: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. ISBN 9780007748693. [53] These broadcasts were appreciated by civilians and servicemen at that stage. Although she was twenty-six years older than Jack, she was still a handsome woman, and he was certainly infatuated with her. Lewis's interest in the works of George MacDonald was part of what turned him from atheism. The book was read for the very first time as a three-part lecture at King’s College, Newcastle. C.S. Lewis’s turn to God also brought us such long-enduring works of fiction as “The Screwtape Letters,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “The Great Divorce”. July/August 2013, Vol. It is based on theology, which is an analytical study about God and religion. Although Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) – known as ‘Jack’ to his friends and family – is best-known for his seven children’s fantasy novels set in the land of Narnia, C. S. Lewis wrote a number of other works – fiction and non-fiction, science fiction and literary criticism – which have become classics in their field.… It is collaborating with demons from another planet to take control of the Earth. Moore suffered from dementia in her later years and was eventually moved into a nursing home, where she died in 1951. Lewis wrote several works on Heaven and Hell. While Lewis has written a commendable list of works, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ remain the most popular. Born Clive Staple Lewis and known as Jack to his near and dear ones, C. S. Lewis is a world renowned author, especially popular for his fantasy-fiction book series, The Chronicles of Narnia. In chapter eight of this book I wrote that I was uncertain about whether they were lovers. Peter J. Schakel & Charles A. Huttar (eds.) 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. But that’s not what we are called to do as Christians, so we should not be afraid of failing to change the world through our work: It was during this time that Lewis abandoned his childhood Christian faith and became an atheist, becoming interested in mythology and the occult. He says that prayer is a medium for a person to communicate with God. He says that we must first confirm whether miracles can really take place, and the practical possibility of it. David informed Lewis that he was going to become a ritual slaughterer to present this type of Jewish religious functionary to the world in a more favourable light. It talks about God as being a ‘glad creator’ of the universe, and also talks about someone called the Faerie Queene as being a grand celebration of everything in this universe. The story is about a man named John, who starts out in search of an island that he greatly desires. It is deeply concerned with religious ideas, but the setting is entirely pagan, and the connections with specific Christian beliefs are left implicit. The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel by C. S. Lewis and dedicated to J.R.R. [96] Lewis's last novel was Till We Have Faces, which he thought of as his most mature and masterly work of fiction but which was never a popular success. In this book, Elwin Ransom is not the main hero. He criticizes the current system of public education, and all the faults in it that have brought it down. It is about an entirely different world having only animals in it, called Animal-Land. Out of the Silent Planet (1938) Perelandra (aka Voyage to Venus) (1943) That Hideous Strength (1945) C.S. [31] From there, he was drafted into a Cadet Battalion for training. [5][6] He was baptised on 29 January 1899 by his maternal grandfather in St Mark's Church, Dundela. ", "The Green Witch and the Great Debate: Freeing Narnia from the Spell of the Lewis-Anscombe Legend", "Simply Lewis: Reflections on a Master Apologist After 60 Years", "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945", "CS Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia author, honoured in Poets' corner", "Review/Theater; 'Shadowlands,' C.S. Jeffrey D. Schultz & John G. West, Jr. (eds) (1998). The book was based on a 1958 radio talk show that was quite open about the issue of sex, being a little ahead of its time. Lewis was raised in a religious family that attended the Church of Ireland. While he was quite young, his mother died of cancer but the "stiff upper lip" in favour at the time meant he wasn't allowed to grieve. "Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make… Flowers were laid by Walter Hooper, trustee and literary advisor to the Lewis Estate. One of these, The Great Divorce, is a short novella in which a few residents of Hell take a bus ride to Heaven, where they are met by people who dwell there. It may be a great advance in knowledge not to believe in witches: there is no moral advance in not executing them when you do not think they are there. This 15-minute audio clip is the only surviving audio from the C.S. His personal thoughts and views are present here for everyone to see, to know him as someone more than just a great writer, a human being. The friendship with Moore was particularly important to Lewis while he was recovering from his wounds in hospital, as his father did not visit him. The book talks about Christianity and culture, music, literature, ethics, Psalms, and many more topics. [63][64] Lewis's brother Warren wrote: "For Jack the attraction was at first undoubtedly intellectual. (Hilliard 2005) Pullman is an atheist and is known to be sharply critical of C.S. Lewis tries to establish a common ground for everyone within the vastness of Christianity. C.S. Ironically, many friends recommended the book to Lewis as a method for dealing with his own grief. [127][page needed] The floor stone inscription is a quotation from an address by Lewis: I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else. His work would contain several Christian themes. "[140], A bronze statue of Lewis's character Digory from The Magician's Nephew stands in Belfast's Holywood Arches in front of the Holywood Road Library. He developed a particular fondness for W. B. Yeats, in part because of Yeats's use of Ireland's Celtic heritage in poetry. C.S. The Pilgrim’s Regress (1933) The Screwtape Letters (1942) The Great Divorce (1945) Till … An Oxford Scholar. Lewis vigorously resisted conversion, noting that he was brought into Christianity like a prodigal, "kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance to escape". Since she was divorced, this was not straightforward in the Church of England at the time, but a friend, the Rev. Through these works, Lewis explores issues of good and evil, and his remarkable and vividly imaginative descriptions of other worlds cements his place as a … They were HVV Dyson ... and JRR Tolkien. More than a millennium has passed since they left, and they are shocked to find Narnia ravaged, and the evil Miraz sitting on the throne. He eventually returned to Christianity, having been influenced by arguments with his Oxford colleague and Christian friend J. R. R. 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