Belfast, Northern Ireland
November 29,1898-November 22,1963
Chronicles of Narnia
“[C. S.] Lewis's Narnian tales have always dauntlessly cut across contemporary fashion; a great part of their strength derives from this, and from their author's readiness to break into such emotional fields as chivalry, pain, power, fear, worship, Homeric wrath,”The Times Literary Supplement stated.
M. S. Crouch explained that Lewis is “a Christian apologist. Whether writing of the nature of sin, of an imaginary world, of Milton's Satan, or of the mediaeval romances of the Grail, he is working out his conception of the Christian myth and the Christian philosophy. In the 'Narnia' stories, he expounds the same theme in terms of allegory. Sometimes, as inThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the allegory follows closely the pattern of the Gospel story; sometimes, as inThe Horse and His Boy, its lessons are of a more general character; but the books are all part of a general pattern. One may prefer one book to another; one cannot dispense with any.”
Clive Staples “Jack” Lewis was the son of a solicitor who also enjoyed oration and storytelling. There were many books in the home, and Lewis's mother, the daughter of a clergyman, had her younger son tutored in French and Latin. He and his older brother, Warren, were strong allies, despite differences in their personalities. When Warren was sent off to boarding school, life became more isolated for Clive.
The death of his mother was a wrenching experience for young Lewis. In 1908, he was sent to boarding school in England with his