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C.S. Lewis

Born: 1898-11-29 - Died:
Cause of Death:
Renal Failure

Death Summary: C.S. Lewis died from renal failure, on the same day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Another famous author, Aldous Huxley, died on this same day as well.

Who was C.S. Lewis : C.S. Lewis is a british author, who wrote one of the most famous fantasy series in literature - The Chronicles of Narnia. He was voted in 'The Times' as the eleventh greatest British writer since 1945.

C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, the son of a solicitor. At the age of four, Lewis developed his nickname which close family and friends would call him. The name came when his dog Jacksie was killed by a car. This led to Lewis only responding to the name Jacksie, which later became 'Jack'.

Lewis was privately tutored, and developed a love for reading at an early age. He enrolled at Malvern College at the age of 15, where he could succeed in his studies. In 1916, Lewis was offered a scholarship at Oxford University. However, he halted his studies and volunteered for the British Army during World War I. He would become wounded during action, but recovered and returned to battle. He would be discharged the next year.

During his time in World War I, he developed a friendship with another cadet. They promised each other to look after the others' family if something were to happen. Lewis' friend was killed in action. Lewis kept his promise and took care of Jane Moore until she passed away later in life.

After his service in the war, Lewis returned to his studies. He would go on to earn three "firsts", the highest honors earned for areas of study. He would remain at Oxford as a teacher, and was the first professor of "Medieval and Renaissance English". This allowed him to stay vested in his passion of medieval narratives.

Later on during his time at Oxford, he became part of an informal discussion society known as the "Inklings". This group included J.R.R. Tolkien, Nevill Coghill, Lord David Cecil, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and his brother Warren Lewis. He developed a close relationship with J.R.R. Tolkien, who helped Lewis establish his connection with Christianity. Changing his atheist views which he had developed as a teenager.

Lewis' writings are deeply connected to his christian beliefs, and would become a trait greatly admired or criticized depending on who you talk to. The Pilgrim's Regress was Lewis' first novel after his conversion to Christianity. The book was widely despised by critics at the time.

Lewis' second work is referred to as the "Space Trilogy". He wrote it as a deal with J.R.R. Tolkien. They agreed to write stories at the same time, with Lewis authoring a "space travel" story, while Tolkien would write about "time travel". The first book in the trilogy is titled "Out of the Silent Planet". The entire trilogy dealt with the latest trends of science fiction.

The Chronicles of Narnia, the books Lewis would become most famous for were written between 1949-1954. The series contained seven books, which would go on to sell over 100 million copies in 41 various languages. The books contain Christian ideas, which Lewis believed to be easily accessible to young readers.

Lewis legacy is felt in a wide variety of ways around the world. His works have been turned into a successful movie franchise, produced by Disney. There's a Lewis Society which celebrates his work. There's a strong contingent of Christian organizations which celebrate Lewis' beliefs and how he worked them into his fiction.

Lewis died the same day of Kennedy's assassination, which led to this death going under the radar in the news. Later in life, Lewis met a woman named Joy Gresham. He would later marry her while she was in the hospital due to cancer. She would survive, going into remission, however, she relapsed and died in 1960. Lewis went on to take care of her kids, who were not Lewis' biological sons. He was survived by them on his death bed.
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  1. Upin Says:

    The conference sonuds cool, and it’s even at my day job, which I affectionately call Saltmine U. Alas that it is days before Comic-Con, and I will be completely melting down in last-minute prep. ;/ A couple of non-obvious things about campus that might be helpful:1-Parking. One thing you might want to pass on to attendees is that the UCLA police department gives parking tickets with a zeal worthy of inquisitors; towing and impounding cars makes their day, so be sure to have your registration current, and get a parking pass. Or Else. I strongly recommend that folks go and get their parking passes first thing at the parking kiosk on Westwood Blvd, as it’s the only one that’s always open. (Take Westwood all the way north into campus; they’ll stop you, let you pay for parking, and give you directions to De Neve, or anywhere else you want to go.) 2-Internet connection. If you want to be able to use the campus wireless network, you’ll need some guest logon IDs, and Housing & Hospitality, god love em, doesn’t always tell people how to go about that, Ask for the guest logon IDs early, as if you wait until the first day of the conference, there will be crankiness.

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