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Statue of C.S. Lewis in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis and known to his friends as Jack, was an Irish academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, and Christian apologist. He is most famously known as the author of fiction, especially The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and The Space Trilogy.

Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings. Both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings". According to his memoir Surprised by Joy, Lewis had been baptised in the Church of Ireland at birth, but fell away from his faith during his adolescence. Owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, at about the age of 30, Lewis re-converted to Christianity, becoming "a very ordinary layman of the Church of England". His conversion had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim. Later in his life he married the American writer Joy Davidman, who died of bone cancer four years later at the age of 45.

Lewis's works have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold millions of copies over the years. The books that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularised on stage, in TV, in radio, and in cinema.

Works

The Chronicles of Narnia

  1. The Magician's Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle

The Space Trilogy

  • Out of the Silent Planet
  • Perelandra
  • That Hideous Strength

Other fiction

  • Pilgrim's Regress
  • Childhood Chronicles Before Narnia: Boxen
  • The Dark Tower and Other Stories
  • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
  • Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories

Literary criticism

  • The Four Loves
  • The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
  • The Personal Heresy: A Controversy
  • A Preface to Paradise Lost
  • Poetry and Prose in the Sixteenth Century

Non-fiction

  • The Screwtape Letters
  • The Great Divorce
  • The Weight of Glory
  • The Problem of Pain
  • Letters to Malcolm
  • Mere Christianity
  • God in the Dock
  • Miracles

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