C. S. Lewis

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C. S. Lewis AKA Clive Staples Lewis AKA "Jack"

England 1898 – 1963

Comment: Mystical Christian Fantasy author; studied the Icelandic sagas, Norse mythology, Greek literature, Irish mythology; later Middle Ages lore; in his criticism, made a crucial distinction between Primary Epics that come from oral tradition and are then written down, vs. secondary epics, planned and written on paper, usually later; died just before President Kennedy was shot in Nov, 1963 ;

Teachers: John Milton; Lord Dunsany; H. G. Wells; Beatrix Potter; W.B. Yeats; G. K. Chesterton ; Lucretius; George MacDonald; John Bunyan; Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg aka Novalis;

Students: Neil Gaiman; Alan Moore; W. H. Auden; Madeleine L'Engle; John Betjeman; Kenneth Tynan; mystic Bede Griffiths; Sufi scholar Martin Lings;

Friends: J. R. R. Tolkien; Joy Davidman Gresham, wife; Edward Courtnay Francis "Paddy" Moore, whose family he took care of after the war; Paddy's Mom Jane King Moore; George Sayer; Owen Barfield; Arthur Greeves ; Hugo Dyson; Nevill Coghill; Lord David Cecil; Charles Williams, the poet; Owen Barfield; brother Warren Lewis


Organizations: Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954; Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–1963; The Inklings;

Author: The Chronicles of Narnia,children's series - Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra & That Hideous Strength; The Pilgrim's Regress (1933); The Screwtape Letters ; The Great Divorce; Mere Christianity ; The Problem of Pain; The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis; Words to Live By ; A Year with C. S. Lewis; Miracles; Surprised by Joy; The Allegory of Love (1936);

Resources: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/opinion/luhrmann-c-s-lewis-evangelical-rock-star.html?hp&_r=0;http://www.cslewis.com/ ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis ; listen to him -http://librivox.org/author/1540 ; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/opinion/sunday/douthat-puddleglum-and-the-savage.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0 ;http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/dominicselwood/100252072/the-dark-deep-roots-of-britains-fascination-with-witchcraft/?fb ;