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CS Lewis


Irish-born author who became known for his Chronicles of Narnia books, which middle upon several British children who venture right into a fantasy world by using a magical wardrobe. A lot of his functions, including his Narnia series, include Christian symbolism and designs. As a guy, he loved to learn and was specifically fascinated with the functions of Beatrix Potter. He afterwards graduated with highest honors from Oxford School. He and his buddy, J.R.R. Tolkien, each composed an enormously effective fantasy book series. He and his old brother Warren had been blessed in Belfast to Albert and Florence Lewis. He wedded American author Pleasure Davidman Gresham in 1956 and after her loss of life in 1960, he continued to improve her two sons, Douglas and David. Ben Gillies’ Australian music group, Silverchair, had taken its name in one of C.S. Lewis’ books.

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Full Name C. S. Lewis
Date Of Birth November 29, 1898
Died November 22, 1963, Oxford, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Profession Children's Author
Education University College, Oxford, Campbell College, Malvern College, University of Oxford
Nationality Irish, British
Spouse Joy Davidman
Parents Albert James Lewis, Florence Augusta Lewis
Siblings Warren Lewis
Awards Carnegie Medal
Nominations Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Book, Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel
Movies The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair
TV Shows The Chronicles of Narnia
Star Sign Sagittarius

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1Died a week before his 65th birthday.
2Author Neil Gaiman is a big fan of Lewis. He read the entire Chronicles of Narnia after seeing The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988).
3A close personal friend of J.R.R. Tolkien.
4He was home-schooled until the age of ten. His mother taught him French and Latin and his governess taught him all other subjects.
5The head of his boarding school was a cruel tyrant who was later committed to an insane asylum. As a result, bad teachers and poor schools are frequently mentioned in his books.
6In the Narnia Chronicles, Lewis often uses relevant words from foreign languages to name important characters. For instance, "aslan" is the Turkish word for "lion," and the French word "jadis" means "of old" (in his first Narnia book, "The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe"). Lewis says that the White Witch, whose name is later revealed to be Jadis, uses the "Old Magic," but Aslan's magic is even older.
7He allegedly declined British knighthood for his services to literature.
8C.S. Lewis wrote 'The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe' for his Goddaughter, Lucy.
9For many years, the Narnia books were read in the same order in which they were written and published: 1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) 2. Prince Caspian (1951) 3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) 4. The Silver Chair (1953) 5. The Horse and His Boy (1954) 6. The Magician's Nephew (1955) 7. The Last Battle (1956)In recent years, the books' publishers have reordered them so that the stories take place in a more chronological order: 1. The Magician's Nephew 2. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe 3. The Horse and His Boy 4. Prince Caspian 5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 6. The Silver Chair 7. The Last BattleThe "correct" order in which one should read The Chronicals of Narnia is a subject of fierce debate, with both orders having their defenders and attackers.
10When he married Joy Gresham, she had already been married to and divorced from her first husband, Bill Gresham. Lewis adopted the Greshams' two sons, David and Douglas, and made them the heirs to his estate, including the royalties to the Narnia books.
11Is portrayed by Joss Ackland in Shadowlands (1985) and Anthony Hopkins in Shadowlands (1993).
12Joined the Somerset Light Infantry, a regiment of the British Army, in World War I.
13He based Ransom, the main character in two of the works in his Perlandra trilogy, after his friend J.R.R. Tolkien.
14His life and work seem to have attracted the attention of both of the actors who have played Hannibal Lecter. Lewis was played by Anthony Hopkins in Shadowlands (1993), and his character Aslan was to be voiced by Brian Cox in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) before the filmmakers changed their minds and replaced Cox with Liam Neeson.
15As with what happened to J.K. Rowling with her Harry Potter series, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", the first book of C.S. Lewis's seven-book series "The Chronicles of Narnia", suffered an alteration made by American publishers. The book features a wolf named Maugrim, whose name was changed to Fenris Ulf in the American publication. The sixth book of the series is entitled "The Magician's Nephew" and tells how the Land of Narnia was created and discovered by Professor Digory Kirke when he was a boy.
16His speech patterns, and some aspects of his personalities, were the basis for the character of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
17Sci-fi master Arthur C. Clarke regards Lewis' two books "Out of the Silent Planet" and "Perelandra" as "two of the very few works of space fiction that can be classed as literature."
18Died on 22 November 1963, the same day as writer Aldous Huxley and President John F. Kennedy, as result of the various illnesses Lewis had.
19As a child he never liked his birth names, Clive Staples. When his dog Jacksie got run down, he announced that he would always be known by the name of his dead dog. It developed from "Jacksie" to "Jack" over the years. Many of his fans refer to him as "Jack Lewis.".
20Member of the Oxford literary circle the 'Inklings' along with writers J.R.R. Tolkien, Jeremy Dyson, Charles Williams, Messrs Coghill, and Owen Barfield.
21The play of "Shadowlands", also by William Nicholson ran in London, starring Nigel Hawthorne and Jane Lapotaire.



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chairnovel announced
The Screwtape Letters: Letter 2Short author filming
The Screwtape Letters2014Short
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader2010novel
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian2008novel
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe2005book
The Silver ChairTV Series novel - 3 episodes, 1990 novel "The Chronicles of Narmia" - 1 episode, 1990
Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn TreaderTV Series novel "The Chronicles of Narnia" - 3 episodes, 1989 novel - 2 episodes, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
The Lion, the Witch, & the WardrobeTV Mini-Series novel - 5 episodes, 1988 book "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" - 1 episode, 1988
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe1979TV Movie written by
Jackanory1967-1968TV Series book - 10 episodes
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe1967TV Series novel - 10 episodes
Story Box1963TV Series 1 episode



The Blockbuster Buster2016TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode

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YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)· Andrew Adamson (director/screenplay)
· Ann Peacock (screenplay)
· Christopher Markus (screenplay)
· Stephen McFeely (screenplay)

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1When the whole World is running towards the edge of a cliff, he who runs in the opposite direction seems to have lost his mind.
2What you see and hear depends on where you are standing, and on what kind of person you are.
3It is an outrage that they should be commonly spoken of as Intellectuals. This gives them the chance to say that he who attacks them attacks Intelligence. It is not so. They are not distinguished from other men by an unusual skill in finding truth nor any virginal ardour to produce her...It is not excess of thought but defect of fertile and generous emotion that marks them out. Their heads are no bigger than the ordinary: it is the atrophy of the chest beneath that makes them seem so.
4We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
5I know that some people say the idea of a Law of Nature or decent behaviour known to all men is unsound, because different civilisations and different ages have had quite different moralities. But this is not true. There have been differences between their moralities, but these have never amounted to anything like a total difference. If anyone will take the trouble to compare the moral teaching of, say, the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Hindus, Chinese, Greeks and Romans, what will really strike him will be how very like they are to each other and to our own.
6When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
7Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
8I'm more Welsh than anything, and for more than anything else in my ancestry I'm grateful that on my father's side I'm descended from a practical Welsh farmer. To that link with the soil I owe whatever measure of physical energy and stability I have. Without it I should have turned into a hopeless neurotic.
9If Aslan represented the immaterial Deity in the same way in which Giant Despair [a character in The Pilgrim's Progress] represents despair, he would be an allegorical figure. In reality however he is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question, 'What might Christ become like, if there really were a world like Narnia and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?' This is not allegory at all.
10Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tale as an instrument, then collected information about child psychology and decided what age group I'd write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out 'allegories' to embody them. This is all pure moonshine. I couldn't write in that way. It all began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn't anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord.
11A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg - or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. - from Mere Christianity
12Christ died for men precisely because they were not worth it; to make them worth it
13In arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.
14[Written on his wife's tombstone] Here the whole world (stars, water, air, And field, and forest, as they were Reflected in a single mind) Like cast off clothes was left behind In ashes yet with hope that she, Re-born from holy poverty, In Lenten lands, hereafter may Resume them on her Easter Day.
15All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.

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