C.S. Lewis: Did You Know? (Part 1)
- As a child, C.S. Lewis entertained himself by writing and illustrating stories about animals and he wrote his first novel at the age of 12.
- Lewis served in France during World War I and was wounded in action by a bursting shell.
- The first book Lewis published was a volume of poetry titled “Spirits in Bondage,” for which he used the pseudonym Clive Hamilton.
- Lewis was a member of the Coalbiters, an Oxford club that read aloud Icelandic sagas and myths in the original language. The club was founded by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Due to his preference for male society, Lewis gained a reputation at Oxford as a misogynist and it was rumored that he avoided women whenever possible.
- Lewis was an atheist from his youth and did not confess Christ until his early thirties.
- Lewis’s friend J.R.R. Tolkien disliked the Narnian Chronicles, complaining that they were hastily written and unrealistic.
- Lewis undertook annual walking tours of up to 50 miles through the English countryside, accompanied by his brother and friends.
- Lewis’s marriage at nearly 60 years of age to a divorced former Communist of Jewish heritage upset many of his friends.
- The Lewis brothers’ tombstone reads, “Men must endure their going hence,” the Shakespeare quotation on their father’s calendar the day their mother died.
- J.B. Phillips in his book “The Ring of Truth” claimed that Lewis visited him from beyond the grave on two separate occasions.
- An animated television special based on Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” has been viewed by over 35 million people and won an Emmy award.
- Upon publication of his book “Miracles: A Preliminary Study”’ TIME magazine devoted a cover story to Lewis, Sept. 8, 1947, and marveled at how this scholar would risk the heresy of affirming supernatural Christianity in the midst of academia.
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