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The Life of C.S. Lewis
While C.S. Lewis may be known to many people today as the author of Narnia, Screwtape Letters and his theological book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote a good many other books that are not quite as well known today, but are equally good and his life story was very interesting with many twists and turns. C.S. Lewis was an avowed atheist for the first half of his life but he later became a Christian which is very easy to identify throughout his many writings.
Clive S. Lewis was born November 29, 1898 to Albert and Flora Lewis Belfast, Ireland. Clive Lewis, who one day declared he would only be called Jack by his family, had a somewhat happy childhood. He lived with ...view middle of the document...

His life was then subject to a major turn he was sent to England to school with his brother Warnie.
Jack’s world would no longer consist of just writing stories about his fantasy animals but would become struggle to survive the next two years of his life at Wynyard School in England. At this school jack and the other boys lived in constant fear of the head master and was taught to know God was to fear God. Finally, his father moved him to Cherbourg Preparatory School where his classes more difficult and the matron of the school introduced Jack to theism and the spiritualism side of “Christianity”. After graduating from Cherbourg Jack was sent to Malvern by his father; which was where Warnie had attended. Jack was teased and bullied relentlessly by the older boys and found that the only place in which he was safe was the library where he went often after. Jack’s father finally agreed to let Jack be privately tutored by his father’s old tutor Mr. Kirk. Jack grew found of Old Kirk and considered him to be one of his great teachers. Old Kirk would later help prepare Jack to pass the entrance exam at Oxford University. However the Great War was now in full swing and after passing the entrance exam Jack would follow in his older brother’s footsteps and join the war in 1917. Jack managed to survive the war because he was hospitalized when he was hit with shrapnel and the war was ended before he had made a complete recovery. All throughout this time in his life Jack fed that desire and the intense longing he would sometimes feel which he would later call his “Northernness” by reading. Author such as George MacDonald and the Norse mythology made a great impact on Jack’s life.
While recovering from the shrapnel wounds “… his father {did} not visit him. Jack was surprised at how much that hurt.” Mrs. Moore the mother of one of Jack’s friends from Oxford however did visit Jack regularly even though her own son had died in the war. Because Jack’s father never visited him in the hospital a gulf came between him and his father making their relationship stressed. Jack would write his father occasionally but rarely did he visit him. Jack after recovering from his wounds began his studies at Oxford. He stayed at the university during the week but then would stay with Mrs. Moore on weekends and during holidays. “Because my goal,” he confided to Mrs. Moore, “is nothing less than getting a Fellowship and becoming an Oxford don.” So Jack began his studies and after many years of hard work and persistence he became an Oxford don. After becoming an Oxford don Jack began living permanently with Mrs. Moore whom he regarded as his second mother. Jack said of himself he was fond of compartmentalizing his life and this included his spiritual life.
Jack had also begun to write poetry but inwardly he was still struggling with what he believed. He writing would sometimes reflect that he believed there was a God even though he claimed to be an atheist. Jack had few really...

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