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Life of C.S. Lewis
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Clive Staples Lewis is born in Belfast, Ireland
Lewis's Mother Dies From Cancer
Clive Staples Lewis Dies
The Lewis family moved to their new home, “Little Lea,” on the outskirts of Belfast.
Lewis was enrolled at Wynyard School, Watford, Hertfordshire
Lewis Leaves Wynyard School
Lewis enrolled as a boarding student at Campbell College
Lewis is withdrawn upon developing serious respiratory difficulties.
Lewis was sent to Malvern, England, which was famous as a health resort, especially for those with lung problems.
Lewis entered Malvern College.
Lewis Leaves Malvern College
Lewis met Arthur Greeves
Lewis commenced private study with W.T. Kirkpatrick,
Lewis first read George MacDonald’s, Phantastes, which powerfully “baptized his imagination” and impressed him with a deep sense of the holy.
He made his first trip to Oxford.
Lewis began his studies at Oxford.
Lewis ended his studies at Oxford and enlisted in the Brittish army
Lewis was wounded on Mount Berenchon during the Battle of Arras.
Returned to duty.
Lewis is discharged from the army.
The February issue of Reveille contained “Death in Battle,” Lewis’ first publication in other than school magazines.
Lewis’ essay “Optimism” won the Chancellor’s English Essay Prize.
Lewis became a theist: “In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed….”
Albert Lewis died.
Lewis became a Christian.
Lewis agreed to write the volume on 16th Century English Literature for the Oxford History of English Literature series. Published in 1954, it became a classic.
Lewis received the Gollancz Memorial Prize for Literature in recognition of The Allegory of Love (a study in medieval tradition).
The Guardian published 31 “Screwtape Letters” in weekly installments.
Lewis gave four live radio talks over the BBC on Wednesday evenings from 7:45 to 8:00.
An additional 15-minute session, answering questions received in the mail, was broadcast on September 6. These talks were known as “Right and Wrong.”
In January and February, Lewis gave five live radio talks on Sunday evenings from 4:45 to 5:00, on the subject “What Christians Believe.”
On eight consecutive Sundays, from September 20 to November 8 at 2:50 to 3:05 p.m., Lewis gave a series of live radio talks known as “Christian Behavior.”
Lewis delivered the Riddell Memorial Lectures (Fifteenth Series), a series of three lectures subsequently published as The Abolition of Man.
Lewis gave the pre-recorded talks known as “Beyond Personality.” Taken together, all of Lewis’ BBC radio broadcast talks were eventually published under the title Mere Christianity.
The Great Divorce was published in weekly installments in The Guardian.
Charles Williams, one of Lewis’ very closest of friends, died on May 15.
Lewis awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of St. Andrews.
The first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is released.
Lewis was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Laval University, Quebec.
Lewis accepted the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge.
Lewis assumed his duties at Cambridge.
Lewis entered into a civil marriage with Joy Davidman.
Lewis received the Carnegie Medal in recognition of The Last Battle.
Lewis was elected an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford.
Lewis was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of Manchester.
Joy died on July 13 at the age of 45, not long after their return from Greece.
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