Sadly for him his death
passed almost unknown as fellow author Aldous Huxley died and the United States
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
on the same day. He would however be honored
with a memorial in Poet’s Corner in
Westminster Abbey in London.
C.S. Lewis Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1898 - 1963 *** Full Name: Clive Staples Lewis*** Occupation: British Novelist, Poet, Academic, Literary Critic, Medievalist, Lay Theologian, Broadcaster, Lecturer and Christian Apologist *** Date of Birth: C.S. Lewis was born on November 29th 1898 *** Place of Birth: C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, United Kingdom *** Family background: His father was Albert James Lewis and his mother was Florence Augusta Hamilton. His father had originated from Wales and moved to Ireland. His father was a solicitor by profession and his mother was the daughter of an Anglican priest *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with an older brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis. An event that would significantly change his life was the death of his beloved dog when he was killed by a car. Jacksie had been the pets name and he announced he would answer to no other name. He would later accept being called Jack and it was a name that stuck for the rest of his life *** Education: C.S. Lewis was educated by private tutors and later attended Wynyard School in Watford, Herefordshire and then attended Campbell College near his home. He would attend Cherbourg House a preparatory school before be enrolled at Malvern College and finally he was awarded a scholarship to attend the University College in Oxford ***
C.S. Lewis Fact 1:
C.S. Lewis was born on November 29th
1898 and during the 19th century
period in history when many empires
across the globe collapsed, the
Spanish, first and second French,
Holy Roman, Mughal and Chinese but
the British and Russian Empires, the
United States and German Empire
where on the rise.
C.S. Lewis Fact 3: He had only been enrolled at Oxford a short time when he was shipped off to France by the British Army to fight in the First World War.
C.S. Lewis Fact 4: Having
abandoned his Christian faith as a
child, proclaiming himself an
atheist, this was compounded by his
experience of war and the horror of
what he had seen and experienced.
C.S. Lewis Fact 10: Although he had lost his faith in his adolescence he would regain his Christian faith in 1931 when he became a member of the Church of England.
C.S. Lewis Fact 11: When the
second World War broke out he
attempted to re-enlist but was
rejected. So instead he took in
evacuated children from London and
other major cities.
C.S. Lewis Fact 16:
During 1954 he had been offered the
position of Chair of Mediaeval and
Renaissance at Magdalene College
which he accepted and remained until
C.S. Lewis Fact 18: However, by July 15th he was admitted to hospital and the following evening had a heart attack and lapsed into a coma. At 2.00pm the following day he awoke and when he was discharged he returned to his home, the Kilns although he did not return to work.
C.S. Lewis Fact 19: As his health did not improve he resigned his position at Cambridge.
C.S. Lewis Fact 20:
Clive Staples Lewis collapsed and
died on November 22nd 1963 of renal
failure in his home aged sixty four
years. His body laid to rest in the
churchyard of Holy Trinity Church,
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