Children's books, fiction, Young Adult

Remembering C.S. Lewis

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis


Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He is best known for his works of fiction, 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”.

Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis’s memoir ”Surprised by Joy”, he was baptised in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an “ordinary layman of the Church of England”. Lewis’s faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.

Lewis wrote more than 30 books which 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 popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema. His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian apologists from many denominations.

In 1956, Lewis married American writer Joy Davidman; she died of cancer four years later at the age of 45. Lewis died on 22 November 1963 from renal failure, one week before his 65th birthday. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis was honoured with a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

In honor of C.S. Lewis’s birthday, we are sharing with you this recipe for Turkish Delight along with a list of his books that can be found at Otis.

Click on book titles to check availability, place holds, and read summaries.

1) The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe1) The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe1) The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

2) The magician’s nephew

3) The horse and his boy

4) Prince Caspian: the return to Narnia

5) The Silver Chair

6) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

7) The chronicles of Narnia (Audio CD)

8) The last battle

9) The Screwtape letters ; with, Screwtape proposes a toast: with, Screwtape proposes a toast

10) That hideous strength: a modern fairy-tale for grown-ups

11) Boxen: the imaginary world of the young C.S. Lewis

Do we have any fans of the book ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ out there? If so, then you’ll surely remember when Edmund asks the Queen for some of this exotic dessert. If you’re feeling adventurous, then why not whip some up and let us know how it turns out!recipe turkish delight.png

Other Resources

The Official C.S. Lewis Website

The HarperCollins C.S. Lewis Author Page

The Chronicles of Narnia


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