Biographies of the Inklings:
C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis, more commonly known as C.S. Lewis, was born November 29th, 1898. He was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. He held an academic position at Oxford University (Magdalen College) from 1925 to 1954, and also held an academic position at Cambridge University from 1954 to 1963. His best known works of fiction are The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and his Christian apologetics non-fiction works Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

He was close friends with his fellow novelist and fellow English faculty member at Oxford University, J.R.R. Tolkien. Both were active members in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. 

Lewis was initially baptized into the Church of Ireland but fell away from his faith during his adolescence. Owing to the influence of many of his friends, including Tolkien, he returned to the Anglican Communion at the age of 32, which had a profound effect on his work. His wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him worldwide acclaim.

In 1956, he married the American writer Joy Davidman. She was 17 years younger than him and died 4 years after they were married. Lewis died from renal failure 1 week before his 65th birthday 3 years later, on November 22nd, 1963.

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