Perelandra

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Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 - November 22, 1963) Prominent English and Irish writer, scholar and theologian. Known for his works on medieval literature and Christian apologetics, as well as fantasy art. One of the prominent representatives of the Oxford Inklings Literary Group. Born November 29, 1898 in Belfast (Northern Ireland), the son of a solicitor. The first ten years of his life were pretty happy. He loved his brother very much, loved his mother very much and received a lot from her - she taught him languages ​​(even Latin) and, more importantly, managed to lay the foundations of his moral rules. When he was not yet ten, she died. His father, a gloomy and unkind person, sent him to a closed school away from home. School, at least the first of his schools, Lewis hated. He developed an early interest in mythology and literature, supported and developed by W.T. Kerkpatrick, a teacher with whom Lewis studied privately in 1914-1917. In 1917 he entered the ...

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Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 - November 22, 1963) Prominent English and Irish writer, scholar and theologian. Known for his works on medieval literature and Christian apologetics, as well as fantasy art. One of the prominent representatives of the Oxford Inklings Literary Group. Born November 29, 1898 in Belfast (Northern Ireland), the son of a solicitor. The first ten years of his life were pretty happy. He loved his brother very much, loved his mother very much and received a lot from her - she taught him languages ​​(even Latin) and, more importantly, managed to lay the foundations of his moral rules. When he was not yet ten, she died. His father, a gloomy and unkind person, sent him to a closed school away from home. School, at least the first of his schools, Lewis hated. He developed an early interest in mythology and literature, supported and developed by W.T. Kerkpatrick, a teacher with whom Lewis studied privately in 1914-1917. In 1917 he entered the University of Oxford, but soon dropped out of his studies, becoming a junior officer in the army; after being wounded at the Battle of Arras, he was demobilized in December 1918. Returning to his studies at Oxford in 1919, in 1923 he received a bachelor`s degree, and a few years later - a master`s degree. For about thirty years he taught English literature at St. Magdalene`s College. Together with his friends and colleagues J.R.R. Tolkien and C. Williams, Lewis founded a circle of university leaders who called themselves "Inklings". In 1954, Lewis went to work in Cambridge, where he received a department at his disposal and became a professor; in 1955 he became a member of the British Academy of Sciences. As a scientist, he is known for his studies of English literature of the Middle Ages, as a theologian - for his works interpreting Christianity from the point of view of a person who lost faith in childhood and returned to it already in adulthood. The first literary publication was the collection of poetry "Burdened Spirit" (1919). Lewis was a Doctor of Literature from Quebec (1952) and Manchester (1959) universities, an honorary doctor of literature from the universities of Dijon (1962) and Lyon (1963), an honorary member of the boards of the Oxford College of St. Magdalene (1955) and Cambridge University College (1958). In 1937 he became a Fellow of the Victor Gollanc Publishing House, in 1948 - a member of the Royal Literary Society; in 1957 he was awarded the Carnegie Endowment Medal of Honor. As a poet, Lewis announced himself with two collections of poems published under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton - The Oppressed Spirit (Spirits in Bondage, 1919) and Dymer (Dymer, 1926). The reputation of a philologist was confirmed by the work The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition, 1936. Major works in the field of literary history: Preface to "Paradise Lost" (A Preface to Paradise Lost, 1942) and English Literature in the Sixteenth Century (1955); the latter entered the multivolume Oxford History of English Literature. He was widely known for his religious writings and radio appearances. The Great Divorce (1945) is a modern analogue of Dante`s Divine Comedy. The novels Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943) and That Hideous Strength (1945) constituted a kind of "interplanetary" trilogy dedicated to the cosmic struggle between good and evil. Later, the novel Till We Have Faces (1956) was written - an adaptation of the history of Cupid and Psyche. A number of works are devoted to special theological and philosophical problems. The Chronicles of Narnia published in 1950–1955 are less well known to the general public. Seven volumes, among other things, contain a story about Christianity in a fabulous form accessible to children. The most striking works of this cycle are The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, The Magician`s Nephew and The Last Battle. Clive Staples Lewis passed away on November 22, 1963.  Author`s Wikipedia page Personal site