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A Timeline of C.S. Lewis's Life

1895

June 16, 1895

Warren Hamilton Lewis, C.S. Lewis's Brother, Born


1898

November 28, 1898

Clive Staples Lewis Born in Belfast Ireland

Clive Staples Lewis is born in Belfast to his father Albert J. Lewis and Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis

1899

January 2, 1899

C.S. Lewis Baptized into the Church of Ireland

1905

May 1, 1905

Warren Lewis Enrolls in Wynyard

Warren Hamilton Lewis enrolls in Wynyard School, Watford, Hertfordshire, England

1908

August 23, 1908

C.S. Lewis's Mother Flora Lewis Dies at 46 Years Old

September 1, 1908

C.S. Lewis Enrolls in Wynyard School

C.S. Lewis joins his brother Warren at "Belsen" (also known as "Oldie's") Wynyard School, England.

1910

June 1, 1910

C.S. Lewis Leaves Belsen and returns to Ireland


September 1, 1910

C.S. Lewis Enrolls in Campbell College, Belfast close to his childhood home of Little Lea


1911

January 1, 1911

C.S. Lewis Begins at Cherbourg House

After leaving Campbell College in December the previous year, Lewis enrolls in "Chartres" in preperation for attending Malvern College.

1913

June 1, 1913

C.S. Lewis Leaves Cherbourg House

After spending two years at Chartres and losing Christianity, Lewis leaves to enroll in Malvern College

September 1, 1913

C.S. Lewis Enrolls in Malvern College

Calls it "Wyvern", and remains until June 1914.

1914

April 1, 1914

C.S. Lewis Meets Arthur Greeves

Lewis later said Greeves was "After my brother, my oldest and most intimate friend."

1917

June 8, 1917

C.S. Lewis Joins Other Oxford Undergrads in Military Training

April 29, 1917

C.S. Lewis Enters University College, Oxford

September 25, 1917

C.S. Lewis Assigned to the Somerset Light Infantry

June 16, 1917

C.S. Lewis reaches the front line of World War I in the Somme Valley in France

Also his 19th birthday.

1918

April 15, 1918

C.S. Lewis Wounded in the Battle of Arras

December 23, 1918

C.S. Lewis Arrives Home After Stays at Several Hospitals

1919

January 13, 1919

C.S. Lewis Returns to University Classes

March 20, 1919

Publication of "Spirits in Bondage", a collection of poems

1924

July 16, 1924

C.S. Lewis Graduates with Honors from University College

1925

May 20, 1925

C.S. Lewis Elected Fellow of Magdalen College

1926

September 18, 1926

Publication of "Dymer," a Long Narrative Poem

1929

September 25, 1929

Albert Lewis, C.S. Lewis's Father, Dies

1930

October 11, 1930

C.S. Lewis, Warren Lewis, and Jan Moore, jointly purchase "The Kilns" and Move in

1931

October 1, 1931

C.S. Lewis Confirms his Return to Christianity

Lewis tells Arthur Greeves in a letter, "I have just passed on from believing in God to definitely believing in Christ — in Christianity.... My long night talk with Dyson and Tolkien had a good deal to do with it."

1933

May 25, 1933

Publication of "The Piligrim's Regress"

1936

May 21, 1936

Publication of "The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition"

1938

September 23, 1938

Publication of "Out of the Silent Planet"

1940

April 25, 1940

C.S. Lewis Hosts the First Evening Meeting of the Inklings

J.R.R. Tolkien is also a member of this literary group that would regularly meet at "The Eagle and Child" pub (affectionately known as "The Bird and the Baby")

October 18, 1940

Publication of "The Problem of Pain"

1941

June 8, 1941

C.S. Lewis Preaches "The Weight of Glory" from the Pulpit of St. Mary's, Oxford

August 6, 1941

C.S. Lewis Gives First Radio Talk that Would Eventually become "Mere Christianity"

1942

January 6, 1942

First Meeting of the Socratic Club

February 9, 1942

Publication of "The Screwtape Letters"

July 13, 1942

Publication of "Broadcast Talks," the first two series of talks given on the BBC

1943

January 6, 1943

Publication of "The Abolition of Man"

April 19, 1943

Publication of "Christian Behaviour," more radio talks

April 20, 1943

Publication of "Perelandra"

1944

October 9, 1944

Publication of "Beyond Personality," the final radio talks

1945

August 16, 1945

Publication of "That Hideous Strength"

1946

January 14, 1946

Publication of "The Great Divorce"

1947

May 12, 1947

Publication of "Miracles: A Preliminary Study"

September 8, 1947

C.S. Lewis appears as a caricature by Artzybasheff on the cover of Time magazine

1949

October 20, 1949

Last evening meeting of the Inklings

1950

October 16, 1950

Publication of "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe"

1951

January 12, 1951

C.S. Lewis's friend--and co-owner of The Kilns--Mrs Moore Dies

October 15, 1951

Publication of Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia


1952

July 7, 1952

Publication of Mere Christianity


September 15, 1952

Publication of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


September 24, 1952

Meets Joy Davidman Gresham, an admiring American author, over lunch


1953

September 7, 1953

Publication of The Silver Chair


November 1, 1953

Joy Davidman returns to England with her two sons


1954

June 4, 1954

Accepts chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University


September 6, 1954

Publication of The Horse and His Boy


September 16, 1954

Publication of English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, Excluding Drama, a volume in the Oxford History of English Language


1955

January 7, 1955

Takes up residence at Cambridge University.


May 2, 1955

Publication of The Magician's Nephew


September 19, 1955

Publication of Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life


1956

March 19, 1956

Publication of The Last Battle: A Story for Children


April 23, 1956

Marries Joy Davidman in the Oxford Registry Office


September 26, 1956

Publication of Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold


October 19, 1956

Joy hospitalized for cancer.


1957

March 21, 1957

Marries Joy, who is thought to be dying, in a Church of England ceremony in the hospital


April 1, 1957

Receives Joy and her two sons into "The Kilns" where she may die in peace


1958

June 1, 1958

Joy has a remission of her cancer


September 8, 1958

Publication of Reflections on the Psalms


October 1, 1958

Joy's cancer returns


1960

March 28, 1960

Publication of The Four Loves


July 13, 1960

Joy Dies


September 9, 1960

Publications of Studies in Words


1961

September 29, 1961

Publication of A Grief Observed


November 18, 1961

Publication of An Experiment in Criticism


1963

November 22, 1963

Lewis dies. On this day Aldous Huxley and John F. Kennedy also die.


1964

January 27, 1964

Publication of Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer


2004

August 17, 2004

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