Belfast-born C.S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) was one of our most famous authors, best known for his magical world of Narnia, which was inspired by the places and landscapes of his youth.
- Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, on 29 November 1898.
- Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day.
- His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, poetry and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim.
- He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience and his most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.
- In 1910, Lewis became a boarding student at Campbell College in Belfast; just one mile from his home, but withdrew one year later.
- It is said that here Lewis got his inspiration for the lamp where Lucy first met Mr Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia.
- In 1913, Lewis enrolled at Malvern College where he remained for one year.
- Lewis went on to receive a scholarship to University College, Oxford, in 1916.
- On 20 1925, Lewis was appointed Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University, where he served for twenty-nine years until 1954. During his time at Oxford, Lewis went from being an atheist to being one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century; 1931 marks the year of Lewis's conversion to Christianity.
- He became a member of the Church of England. Lewis cites his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the writings of the converted G. K. Chesterton, as influencing his conversion.
- While at Oxford, Lewis was the core member of the now famous literary group The Inklings. This group was an informal twice-weekly gathering of friends which included Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, Charles Williams, Dr. Robert Havard, Owen Barfield, and Nevill Coghill, among others.
- Lewis was married late in life at age fifty-eight to Joy Davidman Gresham, an American writer fifteen years his junior. They married in 1956, two years after Lewis accepted the chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, where he finished out his career.
- C. S. Lewis died at his home "The Kilns" on 22 November 1963. His grave is in the yard of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford.
- On the 50th anniversary of his death in November 2013, CS Lewis was honoured with a memorial stone in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, London.