Black and white photograph of scholar, novelist, and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis.

C.S. Lewis

(1898 - 1963)

Clive Staples Lewis, known to his friends as Jack, was born in Belfast in 1898, received a shell wound while fighting in France in 1918, and began a tutorial fellowship in English at Oxford University in 1925. A scholar of medieval and Renaissance English literature, he later befriended professor J.R.R. Tolkien, and the two became prominent members of an intellectual group called the Inklings. Lewis published The Screwtape Letters in 1942 and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950. He died from heart failure on November 22, 1963, the same day as Aldous Huxley and U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.

—C.S. Lewis, 1961

The future...something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

—C.S. Lewis, 1941


C. S. Lewis was sixty-four, John F. Kennedy forty-six, and Aldous Huxley sixty-nine at the times of their deaths—all within an eight-hour span on November 22, 1963.

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