Ronald K. Brind

C.S. Lewis in Oxford

A Guide for Visitors

About C S Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963)

C S Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, Christian apologist born in Belfast, Northern Ireland 29th November 1898.

C S Lewis died on the same day that former US President J F Kennedy was assassinated, a week before his 65th birthday at the Kilns, Risinghurst, Headington, Oxford during the late afternoon 22nd November 1963. It is recorded that he died of prostate cancer after having suffered several heart attacks, thus his body would have been unable to withstand surgery. Aldous Huxley also died that day.

A prolific writer in many fields; some of his most notable titles such as The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain discuss religion and his own passionate commitment after a period of uncertainty. Interestingly the idea for the Screwtape Letters came to him after 8 am Communion at Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford. One can only wonder what the sermon was about that day!

He is perhaps best known among children for the books in his Chronicles of Narnia series (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for example). Yet, during his time at the Kilns, the Oxford home he moved to in 1930 and lived until his death in 1963, the magnitude of his contribution to literature was scarcely recognized. He and his older brother Warren Hamilton Lewis (Warnie) were simply known as the Professor and the Major respectively.

During 1956 at the Oxford Register Office 42 St Giles, Oxford; C S Lewis married an American writer Joy Gresham (nee Davidman) who was 17 years his junior, the so-called marriage of convenience. After just 4 years of married life to Jack Lewis, Joy died of cancer at the age of 45 in the Radcliffe Infirmary Hospital that was formerly situated in Woodstock Road, Oxford. She had previously been treated for bone cancer in the Wingfield Hospital in Headington, Oxford. More…

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