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2  Novelist  Essayist  Nonfiction  Short Story  Poet  Children’s writer  Critic

3 Biography Clive Staples Lewis born in Belfast, Ireland to Mr. Albert Lewis Served in France during World War I Attended Oxford University, then stayed on as a Fellow at Magdalen College from 1925 to 1954 In 1954 Lewis became a professor of medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge In 1956 Lewis married American poet Joy Davidmon, who, 4 years later, died of cancer.

4 His Works Lewis was an advocate for Christianity, explaining and defending the religion in such studies as Mere Christianity (1952). Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1944), and That Hideous Strength (1946) in the Space Trilogy- where Dr. Ransom is kidnapped and transported to the distant planet Malacandra The Screwtape Letters (1940)-

5  Lewis wrote Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry  Literature style falls into category of Poetry, Myth, and Science Fiction  Being an atheist, and converting to Christianity was reflected in two of his works: The Space Trilogy, and Chronicles of Narnia  Lewis stressed author’s intent as a theory of criticism rather than the reader’s prejudices and personal views.  Lewis desired to reach a wide audience in his works, young and old, even if it came at a price of negativity toward new works.

6  The most famous and positively received series of seven novels by Lewis  Target audience is children and young adults  Series wrote in a style that is like and unlike allegory  Allegory is a figurative mode of representation conveying a meaning other than the literal. (Normally Fiction)  The greatest mark of criticism for the series is a new volume of essays by twenty-five critics, Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles (BenBella Books, 2005)  These writers, including authors of fantasy fiction, scholars from different disciplines, ministers and priests, a “liberal feminist agnostic,” and an animal rights’ advocate, disagree widely and blessedly

7  Based on Christianity and Fantasy, presents visions of a glorified or beneficent "Nature.“  Good and Evil are apparent in the novels  Lewis wanted to draw people to Christ by creating a world in which the gratification of natural desires leads to a desire for the "Ultimate Good.“  Most criticism on the series comes from Atheists, such as Philip Pullman  Alan Jacobs sums up this prejudice of the novels with "Those who dislike Christianity itself can be far more harsh“  Lewis wanted to express his own beliefs of Christianity in the novels after converting from Atheism himself  The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe the first in this series was into a full lenghth movie by Disney pictures and Walden Media.


9  “A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”  “A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.”  “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”  “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”  “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

10 Final Project for World Literature for Mrs. G Credits Power Point Created by: Robert Byers Josh Beerbower Anthony Bocchine Special Thanks to: YouTube Disney/Walden Media

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