C.S. Lewis was born in Ireland on this day in 1898. As you likely know, he most notably wrote The Chronicles of Narnia. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about C.S. Lewis!
- He loved Beatrix Potter’s stories and was inspired to write his own storied and illustrate them as a child.
- He was raised Catholic, became an Atheist at 15, and returned to Catholicism later in life, partially influenced by his Oxford colleague and friend J.R.R. Tolkien. HIS FRIEND. J.R.R. TOLKIEN.
- He served in the British Army in the first World War and befriended his bunk mate, Edward Courtnay Francis “Paddy” Moore. The two made a pact to care for each other’s families if the other died, and when Paddy was killed in action Lewis kept his word. Paddy’s mother Jane became like a mother to Lewis, since his own mother died of cancer when he was a child.
- Later in his life, Lewis corresponded with an American writer and atheist turned Catholic Joy Davidman, and entered into a civil marriage with her in 1956 so she could continue to live in the UK, away from her abusive ex husband.
- During World War Two, Lewis spoke on religious broadcasts through BBC while London was under periodic air raids. Air Chief Marshal Sir Donald Hardman wrote “The war, the whole of life, everything tended to seem pointless. We needed, many of us, a key to the meaning of the universe. Lewis provided just that.”