I’ve never met a kid that didn’t love C.S. Lewis! He was such an interesting person in addition to being a great British writer and theologian. Share these 10 facts about British author C.S. Lewis with your family and then grab the free mini-lesson at the end for more independent learning fun.
- He was born in Ireland. Clive Staples Lewis was born on November 29, 1898, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He moved to England with his family at the age of 9.
- He was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien. Lewis and Tolkien were both members of the Inklings, a literary group that met regularly at Oxford University to discuss their work. The two writers were close friends and had a profound influence on each other’s writing.
- He was a prolific writer. Lewis wrote over 30 books, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He is best known for his children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, but he also wrote influential works of Christian apologetics such as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters.
- He was a gifted teacher and lecturer. Lewis taught English literature at Oxford University for over 30 years. He was a popular and respected lecturer, and his students often found his insights into literature to be both illuminating and inspiring.
- He was a shy and introverted man. Despite his success as a writer and lecturer, Lewis was a private and reserved person. He preferred to spend his time reading and writing, and he often felt uncomfortable in social situations.
- He was a devout Christian. Lewis converted to Christianity in his early 30s, and his faith played a central role in his life and work. He wrote extensively about Christianity, and his writings have helped to inspire and challenge generations of Christians.
- He was a gifted storyteller. Lewis’s writing is characterized by its clarity, wit, and intelligence. He had a knack for creating memorable characters and exciting plots, and his stories have captivated readers of all ages.
- He was a lover of nature. Lewis loved to spend time outdoors, and his writing is often infused with a deep appreciation for the natural world. He was also a keen gardener, and he took great pride in his garden at his home in Oxford.
- He was a generous and compassionate man. Lewis was always willing to help others, both financially and emotionally. He was also a strong advocate for social justice, and he spoke out against racism and other forms of discrimination.
- He had a profound impact on popular culture. Lewis’s work has been adapted for film, television, radio, and stage. His stories have also inspired countless other writers and artists. Lewis’s legacy continues to live on in the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
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