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Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. As a boy he loved stories about animals and adored Beatrix Potter’s. Together with his brother he created an imaginary world called Boxen which was inhabited and run by animals.
In 1916 Lewis was awarded a scholarship to University College, Oxford where he met fellow Irishman, Yeats. Indeed throughout his life he would always seek out the company of Irish people.
Lewis saw service in the First World War and, after being discharged from the Army, he returned to his studies at Oxford where he eventually graduated with three firsts in Greek and Latin; Philosophy and Ancient History; and English.
Throughout his life Lewis had a rather complex relationship with religion. At the age of fifteen he announced his atheism but later expressed anger at God for ‘not existing’. He also became interested in the occult before finally committing to Christianity with the help of fellow novelist Tolkien.
Following a rather strange relationship with the mother of a deceased friend, Jane Moore, Lewis eventually married American divorcee Joy Davidman in 1957 whilst she was in hospital being treated for bone cancer. She died two years later.
Lewis’ most famous body of work is The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels for children. Containing Christian themes the series has sold over 100 million copies and has been adapted for radio, television, stage and cinema. Other famous works include the Space Trilogy novels.
Lewis died in 1963.