I mentioned yesterday that there was a reason why we were starting our Narnia Christmas theme early, here in November. This month is when a great writer is remembered. I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia and have always loved them. My kids and I have listened to the radio theatre dramatizations of these books about 100 times, and we have enjoyed the recent movies. Of course, these books aren’t the only creations of C.S. Lewis. There are many other wonderful books, essays and poems by him. A very brief bio:
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as “Jack”, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–1963. He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.
His works have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularized on stage, TV, radio, and cinema.
Lewis died one week before his 65th birthday. Media coverage of his death was minimal; he died on 22 November 1963—the same day that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the same day another famous author, Aldous Huxley, died. This has led to the date of his death often being overshadowed by that of Kennedy.
Lewis continues to attract a wide readership. In 2008, The Times ranked him eleventh on their list of “the 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis joined some of Britains greatest writers recognized at Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey. (This whole quote is from wikipedia)
Before I begin my posts about our Narnia Christmas, I wanted to recognize the brilliant author behind the land of Narnia. You may have heard some of the following quotes and not realized who they were from!
There’s a site here with lots of C.S. Lewis quotes. The following are just a few from that site, since I don’t have time to type them all out!! 🙂
And of course I love this one,
you can find some free printable quotes like this one below, here at Oaxacaborn
Today falls in between the dates when C.S. Lewis was born, and when he passed away, so it seemed a good time to mention him and works, as there have been so many inspired by his writing for more than half a century.
To Narnia and the North!