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Biography of C.S. Lewis
Fiction by C.S. Lewis
Non-Fiction by C.S. Lewis
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Biography of C.S. Lewis

[C.S. Lewis] Born in Belfast in 1898, C.S. Lewis was the second son of a nominally Christian lawyer. Early in life, Lewis was fervently religious, but in his early teens he became an atheist. His school experience alternated between horror (in a vicious boarding school which he referred to later as "Belsen", after one of the more notorious Nazi prison camps) and bliss (with a private tutor in Surrey.) Lewis fought and was wounded in World War I, made it into Oxord on the strength of of status as a vet (which enabled him to bypass the requirement to pass a math exam), and found his calling teaching English at Oxford. He published two books of poetry, and was in the midst of his work on The Allegory of Love, a study of the concept of courtly love in Mediaeval literature, when he finally returned to a belief in God (in 1929) and became a Christian (in 1933.)

Lewis' conversion was sparked in part by his reading, especially the works of George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton, and in part by discussions with believing friends, most famously Owen Barfield and J.R.R. Tolkien. (Later, in Surprised by Joy, his autobiography, Lewis wrote, "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.") Once converted, Lewis became an able advocate of the faith, and is better known today for his Christian works than for his literary criticism.

Lewis first burst onto the North American scene with TheScrewtape Letters in 1942, although he is probably best known for his children's fantasy books, The Chronicles of Narnia. I have long recommended Mere Christianity as an excellent introduction to the Christian faith. However, Lewis' short essays are probably the least widely read, and that is a shame.

Lewis died in 1963, and thus 1998 was the centenary of his birth, and the 35th anniversary of his death. Many of his works were reprinted for the occasion, although it's not often that any of his works go out of print.

Fiction by C.S. Lewis

Out of the Silent Planet
John Lane, 1938
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength are also available in a complete set as The Cosmic Trilogy.
The Screwtape Letters
Geoffrey Bles, 1942
It's not easy being a demon, as this classic shows.
Perelandra
John Lane, 1943
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength are also available in a complete set as The Cosmic Trilogy.
That Hideous Strength
John Lane, 1945
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength are also available in a complete set as The Cosmic Trilogy.
The Cosmic Trilogy
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength in a complete set.
The Chronicles of Narnia
Geoffrey Bles, 1950-56
7 volumes, also available individually.

Non-Fiction by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity
Geoffrey Bles, 1952
Adaptation of a series of radio addresses.
God in the Dock
William B. Eerdmans, 1970
Collected essays.
Fern-Seed and Elephants
Fount, 1975
Collected essays.
Of This and Other Worlds
Fount, 1975
Collected essays.

Books Related to C.S. Lewis and His Works

Carpenter, Humphrey
The Inklings
George Allen and Unwin, 1978
Study on the Inklings.
Duriez, Colin
The C.S. Lewis Handbook
Baker Book House, 1990
Dictionary-style reference to information about Lewis and his works.
Gresham, Douglas H.
Lenten Lands
HarperCollins, 1988
Autobiography of C.S. Lewis' stepson.
Hooper, Walter
Past Watchful Dragons
Collier Macmillan, 1979
A discussion of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Kilby, Clyde S.
The Christian World of C.S. Lewis
William B. Eerdmans, 1964
One of the earliest discussions of Lewis' writings, published shortly after his death.
Lindskoog, Kathryn
C.S. Lewis: Mere Christian
Regal Books, 1973
Meilaender, Gilbert
The Taste for the Other: The Social and Ethical Thought of C.S. Lewis
William B. Eerdmans, 1978
Sayer, George
Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis
Crossway Books, 1994
A remarkably detailed biography of Lewis by one of his former students.

Films Related to C.S. Lewis and His Works

Shadowlands
BBC Wales
1985
Shadowlands
1993

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