C. S. Lewis

British writer, lay theologian and scholar (1898–1963)

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), usually called C. S. Lewis, was a British scholar who wrote about 40 books.[1] He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[2]

C. S. Lewis
Monochrome head-and-left-shoulder photo portrait of 50-year-old Lewis
Lewis, age 48
BornClive Staples Lewis
(1898-11-29)29 November 1898
Belfast, Ireland
Died22 November 1963(1963-11-22) (aged 64)
Oxford, England
Pen nameClive Hamilton, N. W. Clerk
OccupationNovelist, scholar, broadcaster
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
GenreChristian apologetics, fantasy, science fiction, children's literature
Notable worksThe Chronicles of Narnia
Mere Christianity
The Allegory of Love
The Screwtape Letters
The Abolition of Man
The Space Trilogy
Till We Have Faces
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
Joy Davidman
(m. 1956; died 1960)
Children2 step-sons, including Douglas Gresham
RelativesWarren Lewis
A statue of C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis opening the wardrobe

are usually apologetics, the defence of Christianity. Some of his most popular Christian writings were Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages. Lewis was a professor of literature at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

Lewis was married to American writer Joy Davidman (1915–1960) from 1956 until her death from bone cancer. He died of renal failure in Oxford.

His writing is popular with many people, and many of his books were made into movies. His most famous and popular fantasy work is The Chronicles of Narnia, which is a series of seven books.

He died in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England on 22 November 1963.


  1. "C.S. Lewis (British author)". britannica.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  2. J. A. W. Bennett, "Lewis, Clive Staples (1898–1963)", rev. Emma Plaskitt, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2010.

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