C. S. Lewis

Standard Name: Lewis, C. S.


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Cultural formation Ruth Pitter
RP was baptised an Anglican as a baby by parents who had trained at Church of England colleges but were not churchgoers.
Russell, Arthur et al. “Faithful to Delight: A Portrait Sketch”. Ruth Pitter: Homage to a Poet, edited by Arthur Russell, Rapp and Whiting, pp. 19-40.
Brought up between her father's scepticism and her mother's eclecticism in matters...
Cultural formation Ruth Pitter
RP became a Christian and was confirmed as an Anglican during the second world war. She wrote, There were air raids at night. The factory was dark and dirty. And I remember thinking—well—I must find...
Education Malorie Blackman
MB was shaped by her reading outside school. She never entered a bookshop until she was fourteen, but relied on libraries. Early favourites were C. S. Lewis 's Narnia books, Johanna Spyri 's Heidi books...
Education Zadie Smith
ZS went to Malorees Junior School and then to Hampstead Comprehensive .
Tew, Philip. Zadie Smith. Palgrave Macmillan.
She was a shy, quiet girl and an overweight, anti-social adolescent, who used reading as an escape and refuge. She also loved...
Education J. K. Rowling
Formative early reading included Richard Scarry and Kenneth Grahame 's The Wind in the Willows. Joanne Rowling did not care for Enid Blyton as a young child but acquired a taste for her later...
Family and Intimate relationships Ruth Pitter
RP had a lifelong companion in Kathleen, or K, O'Hara , with whom she both worked and, from soon after the start of their business partnership, lived. It does not appear that this was an...
Friends, Associates Kathleen Raine
In later years, KR had a circle of friends at Cambridge which included C. S. Lewis , Edwin Muir and his wife Willa , Elizabeth Jennings , Owen Barfield , A. C. Harwood , Tom Henn
Friends, Associates Ruth Pitter
Despite her singularly unleisured lifestyle, RP had a remarkable talent for friendship, which extended to people with whom she might be expected to have little in common. Her friendship with Lord David Cecil brought her...
Instructor Elaine Feinstein
She later felt she was lucky to be a postwar student; before then, she would have been as out of place at Newnham as Amy Levy . Christianity was everywhere
Feinstein, Elaine. It Goes with the Territory. Alma.
in the syllabus and...
Instructor Mary Renault
Her godmother Aunt Bertha lent her the funds to attend Oxford. She was greatly influenced by the lectures of Gilbert Murray , Regius Professor of Greek, who lectured on Greek drama and had also founded...
Intertextuality and Influence Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
The poem The Witch in the Wardrobe, as ENC explained to Colette Bryce , comes in part from the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis , in which a...
Intertextuality and Influence Kathleen Nott
Here KN writes a lively style, with ingenious images and examples, paradoxes like giving a name a bad dog (by which she means taking a concept like Liberalism or Science and using it pejoratively),
Nott, Kathleen. The Emperor’s Clothes. Heinemann.
Literary responses Anne Bacon
In recent times but well before the renaissance of interest in women writers as such, in his volume on the sixteenth century in the august Oxford History of English Literature, C. S. Lewis pronounced...
Literary responses Ruth Pitter
During her lifetime RP was deeply appreciated by some readers. C. S. Lewis scatters through his letters such remarks as Whenever I re-read your poems, I blame myself for not re-reading them oftener.
King, Don W. “The Anatomy of a Friendship: the correspondence of Ruth Pitter and C. S. Lewis, 1946-1962: Mythlore, Summer 2003”. Findarticles.
Arthur Russell
Literary responses Marie de France
Having been influential for a couple of centuries after her period of activity, MF re-entered modern literary consciousness with a late-eighteenth-century critical work by Gervais de La Rue , translated into English under the auspices...


By late October 1942: C. S. Lewis published the book version of...

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By late October 1942

C. S. Lewis published the book version of The Screwtape Letters, an epistolary fiction in which a senior devil, Screwtape, offers advice to his nephew, a junior devil, on tempting and ultimately damning a...

By late April 1943: C. S. Lewis published Perelandra, the second...

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By late April 1943

C. S. Lewis published Perelandra, the second of his science fiction trilogy, in which the hero, Elwin Ransom, travels to the planet Venus and tries to intervene in that planet's history.

16 October 1950: Literary scholar C. S. Lewis published the...

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16 October 1950

Literary scholar C. S. Lewis published the first of his extremely popular children's books: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Borne Back Daily. http://borneback.com/ .
16 October 2012


Lewis, C. S. The Discarded Image. Cambridge University Press, 1964.