C.S. Lewis

By: Marie Bodenbender

The Life of C.S. Lewis

Clive Lewis or Jack was born on November 29th, 1898. He spent and shared his childhood with his older brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis or Warnie. They moved to a new home in which they called “Little Leah”. An unfortunate event occurred in 1908, their mother died of illness. Not very long afterwards they were sent off to boarding school in England, and Jack hated it. Fortunately for him the school closed in 1910. He was sent back to England later on.
He learned that he loved poetry and reading. He was accepted into Oxford University. Of course when World War 1 broke out, he chose to serve for the army and help. Thankfully in 1918 he returned to Oxford. In 1925, he graduated and was selected to teach literature at Oxford in which he worked at for 29 years. After that he was chosen to teach medieval type literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, England in 1955.
He soon became an author; his writings were mainly based from Christianity. Some information about his work is in the next section of this report. He had married a lovely wife in 1956 and she unfortunately died four years later. He quit from his job at Cambridge in the summer of 1963. On November 22, 1963 the same day of John F. Kennedy’s assassin, he died of illness. He was always remembered.

His Work

While he teached, he also published many books too. His first major work that he published was called the Pilgrim’s Regress in which it was about the conversion of Christianity. He also wrote The Allegory of Love and Out of the Silent Planet both quite successful. One of the books was represented by J.R.R. Tolkein, one of Jack’s good friends. Of course let’s not forget one of his best works of all, The Chronicles of Narnia.
The Chronicles of Narnia have sold over 100 million copies. Most people he knew told him it would be a total wash up or it wouldn’t be very successful. Even his J.R.R. Tolkein told him it wouldn’t be much worth it, but that didn’t stop him. The first book he wrote The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was a big success, and every other one all the way down to The Last Battle. He couldn’t have never made it without help.