English Literature

C. S. Lewis 1898 - 1963




"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts"

"There are better things ahead than any we leave behind"

"All that is eternal is eternally out of date"

"I find in myself desires which nothing in this earth can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world"

"Everyone says forgiveness is a wonderful idea until they have something to forgive"

"The love of knowledge is a kind of madness"

"No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet"

"Hell is the only place outside of heaven where we can be safe from the dangers of love"

"Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love"

"You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that"

Clive Staple Lewis was a scholar, philosopher, and renowned writer of fantasy novels and Christian texts. His most famous work is without doubt the 'Narnia' series.

Although officially, Jack, was not one of his given names C.S. Lewis was known as such by all of his closest friends. Strangely for someone who professed to dislike school, he completed a university degree at Oxford, and spent his whole life teaching English at Oxford and Cambridge.

 Although, some might consider his personal life rather dull there were a number of interesting points. Like his close and lifelong friend J. R. R. Tolkien, he saw active service in the trenches of the first world war. On his return to England he began a relationship with a married woman 27 years his senior which only ended with her death when he was 53. They lived together for almost all of this time, with Lewis carrying out all the household chores: washing-up, cleaning, cooking, ironing etc.! At the age of 58 he married an American divorcee, with two children, 17 years his junior. Throughout his life he looked after his alcoholic brother 'Warnie. The later part of his life is the subject of the film 'Shadowlands'.

As for his appearance he habitually wore shabby tweeds and corduroys, and once described himself thus: "I am tall, fat, bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired and wear glasses ..." And like his brother he was said to be rather fond of beer!

Perhaps the single most important factor in his life was his deep belief in Christianity. However, perhaps, unusually he only became a true Christian in 1931 after a series of discussions with fellow believers such as Tolkien. But, from this point onward his whole life became immersed in religion. And largely due to his writings and broadcasts came to be known by many as the "20th Century Christain Crusader".

As for his writings, lewis wrote a number of works based on Christianity, science fiction, and fantasy. His most notable critical and commercial success came in 1950 with the publicatin of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - the second partof his seven-volume 'Chronicles of Narnia'.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' centers around Aslan the lion, a Christ-figure who creates and rules the supernatural land of Narnia, and the improbable adventures of four undaunted British schoolchildren who stumble into Narnai through a wardrobe!

Click here to read some excerpts from Lewis's works relating to food.

Other  works by C. S. Lewis:

Out of the Silent Planet (1938)

The Problem of Pain (1940)

The Screwtape Letters (1942)

Perelandra (1943)

That Hideous Strength (1945)

Prince Caspian (1951)

The Voyage of the Dawn Trader (1952)

The Silver Chair (1953)

The Horse and his Boy (1954)

The Magician's Nephew (1955)

The Last Battle (1956)

Till we have Faces (1956)