C. S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963, one week before his sixty-fifth birthday. The funeral was quiet, only a few persons present in his parish church. Warren Lewis chose the inscription for his brother's gravestone to express his own grief: 'Men must endure their going hence.'
Few would regard Jack's priggishness as a serious fault. Indeed, it would have been difficult for such a precocious and clever boy not to feel superior. Jack's charge against his school has been uttered throughout the years by many bookish and unathletic boys who do not fit into the collective-minded and standardizing public school system. By his temperament, he was bound to be a misfit.
The two boys also spent many hours making up their own stories about an imaginary country they called Boxen; it was in two parts called Animaland and India, and they people their country with animals who wore clothes and talked... I suppose the beginnings of Narnia can be seen in this childhood occupation, which was their way of combating the boredom of hours spent inside the house while the soft Irish rain fell slowly and steadily outside.
Jack and his friends called themselves the Inklings and began to get in the habit of meeting twice a week in order to talk and just generally enjoy the society of men of like minds... It was here that Tolkien first read aloud the beginnings of a book that was to become the renowned 'The Lord of the Rings'... and it was here that C.S. Lewis first revealed something new that he was working on called 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.
"When I started 'The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe' I don't think I foresaw what Aslan was going to do and suffer. ... the whole series became Christian. But it is not, as some people think, an allegory. That is, I don't say 'Let us represent Christ as Aslan.' I say, 'Supposing there was a world like Narnia, and supposing, like ours, it needed redemption, let us imagine what sort of Incarnation and Passion and Resurrection Christ would have there.' "
It took him two years to become a full, practicing member of the Church of England. The final part of his conversion took place while he was sitting in the sidecar of Warren's motorcycle. In 'Surprised by Joy' he also mentions a few intermediate influences, notably a midnight conversation with Hugo Dyson and J. R. R. Tolkien. We may add to these the death of his father.
Lewis could have no idea that this first seed sown in his broadcasting career was to germinate into a successful radio series that would itself generate another three series of talks, let alone a book bringing all the talks together a decade later, the best-seller 'Mere Christianity'. But this is how this famous book came into being.
Lewis's time in Oxford was successful. His academic works and lively lectures attracted a large student following. In 1938 he began to diversify with his first venture into science fiction. 'Out of the Silent Planet' spawned two sequels.
After [his service in World War I] Lewis returned to Oxford to complete his education, earning many honors along the way. As he commenced his college work anew he ran into a whole nest of men who were both Christians and intellectuals.
[He] was born in the winter of 1898 at Belfast, the son of a solicitor and a clergyman's daughter. [His] parents had only two children, both sons, and [he] was the younger by about three years.