C. S. Lewis: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about C. S. Lewis, the famous writer.

  • C. S. Lewis was born on 29th November 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • His full name is Clive Staples Lewis, but his friends and family called him Jack.

  • As a child, he loved the books of Beatrix Potter and he often wrote and illustarted his own animal stories.
  • He was educated at the Wynard School in Watford, Campbell College in Belfast, Cherbourg House, and Malvern College. When he left Malvern he was tutored at home.
  • He went to University College, Oxford on a scholarship.
  • C. S. Lewis fought in the trenches in the Somme Valley in France during World War 1. He was wounded in April 1918 and returned to Britain.
  • C. S. Lewis became a Tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, a post he held for nearly 30 years.
  • Along with J. R. R Tolkien (author of the Lord of the Rings) and several others, C. S. Lewis was part of the ‘Inklings’ a discussion group.
  • Although he was an atheist in his youth, as an adult C. S. Lewis was a committed Christian. Aslan (the lion character in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) for example, represents Jesus.
  • His most famous series of novels was The Chronicles of Narnia. These books for children, written between 1949 and 1954, were written to present Christian ideas in an accessible form.
  • C. S. Lewis died of kidney failure on 22nd November 1963. President John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World) also passed away on this day.

The Chronicles of Narnia

There were seven books in the series.

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician’s Nephew
  7. The Last Battle