C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis
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.
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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!