November 29 – Happy Birthday, C. S. Lewis

Posted on November 29, 2014

Many of us do not recognize today's birthday boy (born in 1898) when we see his photo.

We (most of us) do not recognize him when we hear his whole name: Clive Staples Lewis.

We don't even recognize the name his friends used: Jack Lewis. (I'm not sure how you get the nickname “Jack” when your name is Clive...but, oh, well!)

But many people recognize the author C. S. Lewis. He wrote The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and a whole lot more books for kids and adults.

I always thought that C. S. Lewis was from England, or at least from Great Britain, but actually he was born in Belfast when it was still a part of Ireland. The island of Ireland was partitioned in 1921 into the Republic of Ireland (which is its own, completely independent nation) and Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom. (Remember, the United Kingdom's longer name is “the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. And Great Britain itself is made up of Wales, Scotland, and England.) From the time of the partitioning on, Belfast was the capital of Northern Ireland.

Despite the fact that C. S. Lewis was born in Ireland, he lived most of his life in England. He taught at both Oxford and Cambridge, and he and his good buddy J. R. R. Tolkien (of Lord of the Rings fame) were both members of the literary group called the Inklings.

C. S. Lewis wrote science fiction, fantasy, other fiction, and non-fiction. Certainly his seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe being the first) are his best known works.

...or enjoy this or this other Narnia-based crafts or lapbook activities. 

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