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C.S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis Key Dates

Adapted from Chronology posted on the C.S. Lewis Foundation website and Lewis' biography in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

1898 - C.S. Lewis born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

1908 - Lewis' parents and older brother die.  He is enrolled in boarding school.

1913 - Lewis abandons his childhood Christian faith.

1917 - Lewis enters Oxford University but is soon commissioned in the British Infantry.  He reaches the Somme on his 19th birthday.  He is wounded in 1918 and discharged in 1919.

1919 - Lewis' first publication outside of school magazines, the poem "Death in Battle," published in Reveille. Lewis resumes studies at University College, Oxford.

1919-1951 - Honoring a pact with a fallen comrade to look after his bereaved mother, Lewis lives at the home of Mrs. J.K. (Janie) Moore and her daughter Maureen until Janie's death in 1951.

1926 - Narrative poem Dymer published pseudonymously

1929-1931 - Lewis becomes a believer in God, and eventually a Christian.

1933 - Lewis convenes "The Inklings" at the Eagle & Child pub.  His first allegorical work The Pilgrim's Regress is published.

1936 - The Allegory of Love, a study of the Medieval tradition, is published.

1938-1945 - Lewis' "Space Trilogy" is published (Out of the Silent Planet, 1938; Perelandra, 1943; That Hideous Strength, 1945)

1939 - The Personal Heresy (with E. M. W. Tillyard). 

1940 - The Problem of Pain is published.

1941 - The Screwtape Letters are published in weekly installments in The Guardian, a religious newspaper that ceased publication in 1951; it had no connection with the Manchester Guardian newspaper.)  Lewis begins giving radio addresses on the BBC, known as "Right and Wrong."

1943 - Lewis delivered the Riddell Memorial Lectures (Fifteenth Series), a series of three lectures subsequently published as The Abolition of Man. Lewis criticizes trends in modern education.

1944 - Lewis continues giving talks on the BBC.  Taken together, all of Lewis' BBC radio broadcast talks were eventually published under the title Mere Christianity. The Great Divorce is published in weekly installments in The Guardian.

1946 - Lewis is passed over for the M Chair at Oxford, because of "too pronounced" Evangelical tendencies

1950-1956 - Chronicles of Narnia are published.  Lewis' correspondence with writer Joy Gresham of New York begins.  She will eventually leave her abusive husband and join Lewis in England.

1960 - Lewis crosses the English Channel for the first time since 1918, on a journey to Greece with Joy, whose cancer was then in remission.  The Four Loves is published.

1961 - An Experiment in Criticism is published.  A Grief Observed, published pseudonymously, about his grief at the death of Joy.

1963 - Lewis' paperback sales alone reach 1 million. C.S. Lewis dies on November 22.

1964 - The Discarded Image is published posthumously.


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