C.S. Lewis, 1898 – 1963

November 29, 1898 – Birthdate of C.S. Lewis, British novelist, poet, and critic.

Clive Staples Lewis was also a medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University, 1954–1963. He is best known for his fictional work, 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.

Lewis and fellow novelist J.R.R. Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis’s memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptized in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an “ordinary layman of the Church of England”.  His faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim. (from Wikipedia)

Great Britain issued a stamp in 1998 picturing a scene from one of the books of The Chronicles of Narnia entitled The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe:

 

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