From 1941, he was occupied at his summer holiday weekends visiting R.A.F. 3 out of those 5 (besides Lewis & Tolkien) I suspect were members of another (preceding) group but I don't have the time to dig up the links. Written between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, the series is Lewis's most popular work, having sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages (Kelly 2006) (Guthmann 2005). I have made up the quarrel since; but at that moment I conceived a hatred for England which took many years to heal. In chapter eight of this book I wrote that I was uncertain about whether they were lovers. (1991). These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in. Lewis manuscript : University News Service : Texas State University", "Were Lewis's proofs of the existence of God from 'Miracles' refuted by Elizabeth Anscombe? Tolkien. His best-known work of apologetics Mere Christianityattempts to isolate the core of Christianity independent of particular denominations. Lewis (born Clive Staples Lewis and called Jack by his friends) (November 29, 1898 - November 22, 1963) was a good friend of J.R.R. Other narrative poems have since been published posthumously, including Launcelot, The Nameless Isle, and The Queen of Drum. Modern children's literature has been more or less influenced by Lewis's series, such as Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter. [131] This was also staged as a theatre play starring Nigel Hawthorne in 1989[132] and made into the 1993 feature film Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. [76] Concerning his appointed academic field, he argued that there was no such thing as an English Renaissance. The Screwtape Letters is a novel written by C.S. [4] His father was Albert James Lewis (1863–1929), a solicitor whose father Richard had come to Ireland from Wales during the mid-19th century. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. I am the product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, [89], The second novel, Perelandra, depicts a new Garden of Eden on the planet Venus, a new Adam and Eve, and a new "serpent figure" to tempt Eve. For example, Air Chief Marshal Sir Donald Hardman wrote: The broadcasts were anthologized in Mere Christianity. In The Chronicles of Narnia he describes Universal Morality as the "deep magic" which everyone knew.[119]. As a new JRR Tolkien biopic opens in cinemas, John Garth explores how Tolkien's friendship with CS Lewis – and a bet about sci-fi – inspired The Lord of the Rings O … Work vanishes from visibility in 48-72 hours. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. [34] In a later letter, Lewis cited that his experience of the horror of war, along with the loss of his mother and his unhappiness in school, were the bases of his pessimism and atheism. Tolkien and Lewis are the respective creators of the two most famous fantasy worlds (outside of George Lucas’ “galaxy far, far away”) in all of fiction: Middle Earth and Narnia. Reader and commenter “My New Handle” pointed me towards an excellent YouTube lecture series on Lewis and Tolkien after I made some comments on the religiosity of The Lord of the Rings. [66], Lewis continued to raise Gresham's two sons after her death. Many books are fond of labelling characters as evil or good. "It must be Tuesday.". I tried to tell how a certain frosty afternoon at Leatherhead Station when I had first bought a copy of Phantastes (being then about sixteen years old) had been to me what the first sight of Beatrice had been to Dante: Here begins the new life. Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. [128][129] In 1985, the screenplay Shadowlands by William Nicholson dramatized Lewis's life and relationship with Joy Davidman Gresham. [77][78] Much of his scholarly work concentrated on the later Middle Ages, especially its use of allegory. [110], Although this argument is sometimes called "Lewis's trilemma", Lewis did not invent it but rather developed and popularised it. They know the Law of Nature; they break it. and the noise of wind under the tiles. Tolkien and C.S. His last academic work, The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (1964), is a summary of the medieval world view, a reference to the "discarded image" of the cosmos. Honestly, I like them both equally. [49] In 1935, Lewis and his brother Warren donated a stained glass window in memory of their parents to their childhood church of St. Mark's, Dundela, Belfast. 978-0-06-065293-7. The Chronicles of Narnia has been particularly influential. Lewis are two of the most influential fantasy authors of all time, and their novels are beloved across the world. Instead, Tolkien focuses on Tolkien’s earlier years, with his schooldays and his experience WWI being the primary focuses. [112], Lewis's Christian apologetics, and this argument in particular, have been criticized. Andrew Walker & Patrick James (eds.) The book was poorly received by critics at the time,[23] although David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of Lewis's contemporaries at Oxford, gave him much-valued encouragement. [73] Lewis is commemorated on 22 November in the church calendar of the Episcopal Church. The members of this literary association were all Christian and their common worldview was what C.S. He also became a popular lecturer and broadcaster, and some of his writing originated as scripts for radio talks or lectures (including much of Mere Christianity). In 1916, Lewis was awarded a scholarship at University College, Oxford. [130] It was aired on British television starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. [105], One of the main theses in Lewis's apologia is that there is a common morality known throughout humanity, which he calls "natural law". Lewis claims that people all over the earth know what this law is and when they break it. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior tempter named Wormwood, so as to advise him on methods of securing the damnation of a British man, known only as "the Patient". Many fans of J.R.R. My mistress; but at the same time all that any man friend (and I have good ones) has ever been to me. Ideas that frequently contradicted each other. Also, of endless books. Lewis attended Oxford, then onward from 1925 taught as a Fellow at the university’s Magdalen College (pronounced “maudlin”) until his departure in 1954. One day, Tolkien decided to show Lewis an early draft of what would become the cornerstone of Middle-earth, the star-crossed love story of Beren and Lúthien. [90][page needed], Walter Hooper, Lewis's literary executor, discovered a fragment of another science-fiction novel apparently written by Lewis called The Dark Tower. Tolkien are both very well-known English writers that have been influencing generations with their works. Lewis wrote more than 30 books[3] which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. Lewis is known for his work on medieval literature, Christian apologetics, literary criticism, and fiction. Tolkien he helped persuade C.S. The works of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien are always worthwhile and productive though. Three Oxford students – John (JRR Tolkien), Jack (CS Lewis), and Charles (Charles Williams) - are united by the death of Stellan, John's mentor. Frodo as well as many other characters are very Christ - like and even Saint - like. [28] As one critic has said, Lewis "repeatedly extolled the virtues of all branches of the Christian faith, emphasising a need for unity among Christians around what the Catholic writer G. K. Chesterton called 'Mere Christianity', the core doctrinal beliefs that all denominations share". Lewis, Collected Letters, 1939. Attractive Films has announced their intention to produce a film about the faith, friendship and the fantasy worlds of both J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Lewis. For example, the film focuses on Tolkien’s school days, so his friendship with the other famous fantasy author, C.S. [2] Lewis's faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim. [75] He was then elected a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he worked for nearly thirty years, from 1925 to 1954. He records making a specific commitment to Christian belief while on his way to the zoo with his brother. His father then sent him to live and study at Wynyard School in Watford, Hertfordshire. Founded in 1982, the society, which is associated with the University of Oxford, meets during full term at Pusey House.[10]. "[61] After complaining of a painful hip, she was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, and the relationship developed to the point that they sought a Christian marriage. C.S. – C.S. The couple had left England when Arthur was promoted to head the Bloemfontein office of the British bank for which he worked. A new book reveals how these two famous friends conspired to bring myth and legend—and Truth—to modern readers. Tolkien and C.S. Reader and commenter “My New Handle” pointed me towards an excellent YouTube lecture series on Lewis and Tolkien after I made some comments on the religiosity of The Lord of the Rings. 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. J.R.R. He was the Oxford don who turned from atheism to belief in God because late one night in 1930 he was walking along a wooded path behind Magdalen College with his friend J. R. R. Tolkien. Yeats's appeal wasn't exclusively Irish; he was also a major "magical opponent" of famed English occultist. The Late Scholar (2013) by Jill Paton Walsh is a sequel, set in 1951, to the Lord Peter Wimsey novels of Dorothy L. Sayers. Overall, the Wade Center has more than 11,000 volumes including first editions and critical works. [42] Lewis quoted Lucretius (De rerum natura, 5.198–9) as having one of the strongest arguments for atheism:[43]. But surely the reason we do not execute witches is that we do not believe there are such things. But it seems very odd, if they were lovers, that he would call her "mother". There is public access. How J.R.R. Lewis visited her every day in this home until her death. [7] The publican, Charlie Blagrove, permitted Lewis and friends the use of his private parlour for privacy; the wall and door separating it from the public bar were removed in 1962. Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. It is deeply concerned with religious ideas, but the setting is entirely pagan, and the connections with specific Christian beliefs are left implicit. Both made fantastic books of fantasy, literature, and life stories. J.R.R. Browse a complete collection of his books, sign up for a monthly enewsletter, find additional resources, and more. Honestly, I like them both equally. In 1958 he spent his honeymoon there at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn,[26] which he called "my Irish life". stations to speak on his faith, invited by the R.A.F. 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. [35], After Lewis returned to Oxford University, he received a First in Honour Moderations (Greek and Latin literature) in 1920, a First in Greats (Philosophy and Ancient History) in 1922, and a First in English in 1923. Owen. In December 1917, Lewis wrote in a letter to his childhood friend Arthur Greeves that Janie and Greeves were "the two people who matter most to me in the world". It has similar aims and methods to the original group, albeit with somewhat gentler criticism. [74], Lewis began his academic career as an undergraduate student at Oxford University, where he won a triple first, the highest honours in three areas of study. [31] From there, he was drafted into a Cadet Battalion for training. Tolkien sent to his friend C.S. He argued that Jesus made several implicit claims to divinity, which would logically exclude that claim: I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.' I tried, trembling, to tell this man all that his writings had done for me. Tolkien and C.S. In 1954, Lewis accepted the newly founded chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he finished his career. Meetings were not all serious; the Inklings amused themselves by having competitions to see who could read the notoriously bad prose of Amanda McKittrick Ros for the longest without laughing. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: A Legendary Friendship. Tolkien. He maintained a strong attachment to the city of Oxford, keeping a home there and returning on weekends until his death in 1963. Lewis was a member of what is called the Anglo-Catholic branch of the Anglican church. Both Tolkien and C.S. The Rabbit Room, the name of the back room of the pub where the Oxford Inklings (including Lewis, Tolkien, and Charles Williams) engaged in convivial talk, began as a simple blog of contributing authors, songwriters, artists, and pastors.[12]. [9], A resurrection of the Inklings in Oxford was made in 2006; the group still meets every Sunday evening, currently at St Cross College nearby the Eagle and Child. [50], After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the Lewises took child evacuees from London and other cities into The Kilns. What we need is an unsparing literary realism—literature without recourse to fantasy, literature in which talking trees do not come to the rescue. 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He eventually returned to Christianity, having been influenced by arguments with his Oxford colleague and Christian friend J. R. R. Tolkien, whom he seems to have met for the first time on 11 May 1926, and the book The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton. Dn. Lewis. According to another of its members, Owen Barfield, the Inklings shared a Weltanschauung - a world outlook. Fell., October 1963)", "Literary Sleuth : Scholar Kathryn Lindskoog of Orange, author of 'Fakes, Frauds and Other Malarkey,' opened a can of worms by claiming a C.S. Moore suffered from dementia in her later years and was eventually moved into a nursing home, where she died in 1951. is." The two young professors, once members of a literary group in Oxford, have introduced to the public the fantastic worlds of Narnia and Middle-earth. After he was discharged from the hospital, Lewis returned to the Kilns, though he was too ill to return to work. But he’s warning against specific fantasy, not fantasy in general. Many of the members were Christian, including Tolkien’s close friend C.S. Dn. His most famous works, the Chronicles of Narnia, contain many strong Christian messages and are often considered allegory. A movie poster depicting the protagonists of C.S. In Tolkien and Lewis the moral, symbolic and thematic content is Christian. In the first five chapters of Mere Christianity, Lewis discusses the idea that people have a standard of behaviour to which they expect people to adhere. Lewis biography, with some extra Tolkien etc. That Hideous Strength is in fact set in the environs of "Edgestow" university, a small English university like Durham, though Lewis disclaims any other resemblance between the two. This is most likely a result of the author having already written an exclusively Tolkien biography beforehand. [135] However, he has also modestly praised The Chronicles of Narnia for being a "more serious" work of literature in comparison with Tolkien's "trivial" The Lord of the Rings. [46] He described his last struggle in Surprised by Joy: You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen [College, Oxford], night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. – C.S. [33][page needed] He suffered from depression and homesickness during his convalescence and, upon his recovery in October, he was assigned to duty in Andover, England. [13], As a teenager, Lewis was wonder-struck by the songs and legends of what he called Northernness, the ancient literature of Scandinavia preserved in the Icelandic sagas. Lewis' fame / Joy Davidman was a noted poet, a feisty Communist and a free spirit", "Dear Mr. Lewis: The Narnia Author and His Young Readers", "LDS Scholars Salute Author C.S. Lewis wrote several works on Heaven and Hell. An address was delivered by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. His Christian apologetics are read and quoted by members of many Christian denominations. It was said that they talked about writing novels that take place in a different space or time. Later Sayer changed his mind. In early June 1961, Lewis began suffering from nephritis, which resulted in blood poisoning. While they both wrote fantasy, though of a vastly different magnitude, Lewis’ vocation as one of Christianity’s chief modern apologists necessitated that he defend the faith in diverse contexts. Francis Xavier Morgan of the Birmingham Oratory to serve as a … ENLS 120: JRR TOLKIEN AND CS LEWIS: FANTASY, TOTALITARIANISM, AND ECOLOGY Instructor: Fr. Their relationship is not covered in the film. Earlier that year, the couple took a brief holiday in Greece and the Aegean; Lewis was fond of walking but not of travel, and this marked his only crossing of the English Channel after 1918. They also meet on Thursday nights. [103][page needed], According to George Sayer, losing a 1948 debate with Elizabeth Anscombe, also a Christian, led Lewis to re-evaluate his role as an apologist, and his future works concentrated on devotional literature and children's books. He was then sent to the health-resort town of Malvern, Worcestershire, where he attended the preparatory school Cherbourg House, which Lewis calls "Chartres" in his autobiography. From the few snippets that have been published of it, it appears to be an attack on Lewis as anti-Catholic. Both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. Though uneven, the seven volumes of the cycle, published through the years 1950… The Abolition of Man …education and moral values by C.S. They all contributed financially to the purchase of the house, which passed to Maureen, who by then was Dame Maureen Dunbar, when Warren died in 1973. [116], Lewis used a similar argument in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, when the old Professor advises the young heroes that their sister's claims of a magical world must logically be taken as either lies, madness, or truth. ", "The Green Witch and the Great Debate: Freeing Narnia from the Spell of the Lewis-Anscombe Legend", "Simply Lewis: Reflections on a Master Apologist After 60 Years", "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945", "CS Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia author, honoured in Poets' corner", "Review/Theater; 'Shadowlands,' C.S. Lewis and Tolkien first met in 1926 at a Merton College English Faculty meeting. [39], However, the romantic nature of the relationship is doubted by other writers; for example, Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski write in The Fellowship that, When—or whether—Lewis commenced an affair with Mrs. Moore remains unclear.[40]. The friendship with Moore was particularly important to Lewis while he was recovering from his wounds in hospital, as his father did not visit him. [on the Thames about 7 miles from Oxford], Charles looked bashful. [83] At Oxford, he was the tutor of poet John Betjeman, critic Kenneth Tynan, mystic Bede Griffiths, novelist Roger Lancelyn Green and Sufi scholar Martin Lings, among many other undergraduates. Yet their friendship took place in their world of the esteemed halls of Oxford. Hopefully you are posting your work on better boards like Joy was the only woman whom he had met ... who had a brain which matched his own in suppleness, in width of interest, and in analytical grasp, and above all in humour and a sense of fun. [24] JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and Moore. which he translated poetically as follows: (This is a highly poetic, rather than a literal translation. Lewis. Peter Bide, performed the ceremony at her bed in the Churchill Hospital on 21 March 1957. Perhaps more. The two young professors, once members of a literary group in Oxford, have introduced to the public the fantastic worlds of Narnia and Middle-earth. His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian apologists from many denominations. Lewis lived with and cared for Moore until she was hospitalized in the late 1940s. [79], Lewis was commissioned to write the volume English Literature in the Sixteenth Century (Excluding Drama) for the Oxford History of English Literature. At my first coming into the world I had been (implicitly) warned never to trust a Papist, and at my first coming into the English Faculty (explicitly) never to trust a philologist. A more literal translation, by William Ellery Leonard,[44] reads: "That in no wise the nature of all things / For us was fashioned by a power divine – / So great the faults it stands encumbered with."). Named after the Inklings is The Inklings Society based in Aachen, and their yearbook, Inklings Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik, published from 1983 by Brendow, Moers. The society consisted of students and dons, among them Tolkien and Lewis. You must make your choice. [102], Lewis was very interested in presenting an argument from reason against metaphysical naturalism and for the existence of God. The CS Lewis Nature Reserve, on ground owned by Lewis, lies behind his house, The Kilns. The Inklings were an informal literary discussion group associated with J. R. R. Tolkien at the University of Oxford for nearly two decades between the early 1930s and late 1949. Wilson's biography was not the first to address the question of Lewis's relationship with Moore. Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), usually known as C. S. Lewis ("Jack" to his friends), was an Irish-born British writer, scholar of English medieval and renaissance literature, and Christian apologist.He was a fellow of University of Oxford from 1925 to 1954, the first Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at University of Cambridge from 1954 until his death. At first, he would answer to no other name, but later accepted Jack, the name by which he was known to friends and family for the rest of his life. Lewis's own mother had died when he was a child, and his father was distant, demanding, and eccentric. In this work Lewis hints that he does not believe in the standard Western Christian understanding of Jesus' death as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin, a notion also eschewed in his Christian allegorical fiction. [126] The dedication service, at noon on 22 November 2013, included a reading from The Last Battle by Douglas Gresham, younger stepson of Lewis. Lewis's interest in the works of George MacDonald was part of what turned him from atheism. Tolkien was both. Treebeard's voice was based on that of Tolkien's good friend C.S. The best-known, apart from Tolkien, were C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and (although a Londoner) Owen Barfield. There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections. He was the Oxford don who turned from atheism to belief in God because late one night in 1930 he was walking along a wooded path behind Magdalen College with his friend J. R. R. Tolkien. Of Tolkien, Lewis writes in Surprised by Joy: When I began teaching for the English Faculty, I made two other friends, both Christians (these queer people seemed now to pop up on every side) who were later to give me much help in getting over the last stile. Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on 29 November 1898. After Lewis's death, his authorship was made public by Faber's, with the permission of the executors. This argument provoked a strong response from Lewis' friend and fellow Inkling, J.R.R. Christian apologist, novelist, and medievalist. Lewis loved to read; his father's house was filled with books, and he felt that finding a book to read was as easy as walking into a field and "finding a new blade of grass".[10]. distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, Tolkien, C.S. Friendship with the latter marked the breakdown of two old prejudices. The official website for C. S. Lewis. The Inklings was an Oxford writers' group which included C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and Hugo Dyson.From late 1933, they met on Thursday evenings at Lewis's college rooms at Magdalen, where they would read and discuss various material, including their unfinished manuscripts. Other holdings on the seven foremost authors (G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, and Inklings Owen Barfield, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. 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