A biography of clive staples lewis the author of the chronicles of narnia

Studying with Kirkpatrick "The Great Knock", as Lewis afterward called him instilled in him a love of Greek literature and mythology and sharpened his debate and reasoning skills. The manuscript was eventually published inthough Lewis scholar Kathryn Lindskoog doubts its authenticity.

This time, the experience proved to be mostly positive.

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Vincent Lloyd-Jones and Lewis knew each other well, being contemporaries at Oxford. Mere Christianity, The Problem of Painand Miracles were all concerned, to one degree or another, with refuting popular objections to Christianity, such as the question, "How could a good God allow pain to exist in the world?

As a young boy, Lewis had a fascination for anthropomorphic animals, falling in love with Beatrix Potter's stories and often writing and illustrating his own animal stories. Because of his conversion experience, Lewis turned his creative energy toward Christian writing.

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Lewis's own mother had died when he was a child, and his father was distant, demanding, and eccentric. The book was poorly received by critics at the time, [23] although David Martyn Lloyd-Jones , one of Lewis's contemporaries at Oxford, gave him much-valued encouragement. His death, which occurred on November 22, —the same day President Kennedy was assassinated—was only quietly noted. George Sayer, who was a student of Lewis and later a friend, wrote that, after talking to Jane Moore's daughter, he was quite certain that they were lovers. In , Lewis resigned from his Cambridge position after experiencing heart trouble. It is claimed that Lewis began another science-fiction novel, The Dark Tower, but it is unfinished; it is not clear whether it was intended as part of the same series as the completed novels. To do this, he spoke in simple terms, using homely comparisons. As a teenager, he was wonderstruck by the songs and legends of what he called Northernness. Williams was a poet and an authority on Milton and Dante. The last novel in the Trilogy, That Hideous Strength, also contains numerous references to Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth. I would not gladly live or die among another folk.

They were HVV Dyson Hook in December "If Aslan represented the immaterial Deity in the same way in which Giant Despair [a character in The Pilgrim's Progress] represents despair, he would be an allegorical figure.

There has been much disagreement among Lewis scholars as to the nature of the relationship between Lewis and Jane Moore. Lewis was exceptionally reticent on the matter in his autobiography, writing only "All I can or need to say is that my earlier hostility to the emotions was very fully and variously avenged".

I would not gladly live or die among another folk.

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In chapter eight of this book I wrote that I was uncertain about whether they were lovers. He has not left that open to us. Kirkpatrickhis father's old tutor and former headmaster of Lurgan College.

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C. S. Lewis: The Creator of Narnia