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Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.

 Person

Biographical Statement

A scholar and author, Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) left his mark on the realms of literary criticism, Christian apologetics, and fantasy stories. While children know him best for the seven Chronicles of Narnia, his religious writings such as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters remain popular today, and his work on Milton, A Preface to Paradise Lost, is considered a standard critical work.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lewis was educated and lived most of his life in England. He served and was wounded in the trenches of World War I France, after which he completed his studies at Oxford University. In 1925, he was elected to a Fellowship in English Language and Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he taught for thirty years. Beginning in the 1930s, Lewis and some friends often gathered informally to discuss their writings and other topics. This group known as "The Inklings" continued meeting regularly until the 1950s, and included such members as J.R.R.Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. Lewis' popular success began in the 1940s with his BBC radio broadcasts (which later were compiled in written format as Mere Christianity) and publication of The Screwtape Letters. His autobiography, Surprised by Joy, is an engaging description of his journey to faith. In 1955, Lewis left Oxford for Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was appointed Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, a position he held for the rest of his life. It was also during the 1950s, that Lewis met and married Joy Davidman Gresham, an American writer, whose influence can be seen in Lewis' novel, Till We Have Faces as well as his study on the nature of love, The Four Loves. Joy's battle with cancer and her subsequent death were the subject of two different films both titled, Shadowlands. Lewis' own struggle with her loss is movingly captured in his book, A Grief Observed. After Joy's death in 1960, Lewis' health gradually declined. He died after an illness of several months in his home outside Oxford, on November 22, 1963, the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. Lewis was just a few days short of his 65th birthday.

Raised in a Christian home, Lewis abandoned his faith as a young man, but returned to God as an adult, acknowledging the deity of Christ after a long conversation with several of the Inklings on the nature of myth and truth. "I have just passed on from believing in God to definitely believing in Christ…" he wrote to a friend. "My long night talk with [Hugo] Dyson and Tolkien had a great deal to do with it." A member of the Anglican Church, Lewis' devout and vigorously reasoned faith is the subject of many of his works, and his impact on Christian thought during his life and after has been of tremendous significance.

Citation:
http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter/Authors/CS-Lewis

Found in 45 Collections and/or Records:

And God Came In / A Love Observed Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-26 through A-28
Abstract This archive contains the materials related to the book "And God Came In" by Lyle W. Dorsett (New York:MacMillan and Co. 1983.), republished as "A Love Observed" (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers. 1998).  Dr. Dorsett donated his materials from the research and writing of the book to the Wade Center in 1990. The book is a biography of Joy Davidman Lewis. Joy was married twice, first to Bill Gresham, an American writer and magazine editor with whom she had two sons (Douglas and David...
Dates: Created: 1915-1994; Other: Majority of material found in 1915-1960

Arthur Greeves Diaries Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-5
Abstract

This archive contains the daily diary entries of Arthur Greeves from 1917-1922.

Dates: Created: 1917-1922

Author Societies Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-14 through A-15
Abstract

The materials in this archive relate to groups and societies dedicated to promoting the works and lives of the seven authors in  the Wade Center's collections.

Dates: Created: 1965-2019

C. S. and Warren Lewis, 1902

 Digital Record
Identifier: CSL / P-4
Dates: Digitized: 1902

C. S. and Warren Lewis with bicycles

 Digital Record
Identifier: CSL / P-5
Dates: Digitized: 1908

C. S. and Warren Lewis, youths standing in doorway

 Digital Record
Identifier: CSL / P-2
Dates: Digitized: ca.1910

C. S. Lewis, child leaning on cane

 Digital Record
Identifier: Digital Object ID ##3lw8dr

C. S. Lewis, child with toy

 Digital Record
Identifier: Digital Object ID ##ddnpi7

C. S. Lewis, infant

 Digital Record
Identifier: CSL-A / P-1
Dates: Digitized: 1900

Chad Walsh Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-57
Abstract

This archive contains Chad Walsh's personal letters to and from C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, as well as correspondence between Chad Walsh and others on the subject of the Lewis family. Correspondence relating to Walsh's book, C.S. Lewis: Apostle to the Skeptics (New York: Macmillan, 1949), is also included.

Dates: Created: 1939-1985; Other: Majority of material found in 1945-1963

Christianity Today Records.

 Collection
Identifier: CN 008
Brief Description Correspondence, memos, forms, financial reports, minutes of meetings, study papers, clippings and other records of the Evangelical Christian publishing organization. The records describe the founding of the organization to publish the magazine Christianity Today and its creation or acquisition of other publications such as Campus Life, Leadership, Leadership 100, Partnership, and Your Church. Besides material on the editing, publishing and distribution of these periodicals, the files also...
Dates: Created: Majority of material found within 1930, 1954-2002

Christopher W. Mitchell Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-B-33
Abstract

This archive includes papers from the career of Christopher W. Mitchell, who served as the third director of the Marion E. Wade Center from 1994 to 2013.

Dates: Created: 1939-2013; Other: Date acquired: June 2015

Colin Duriez Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-35a
Abstract

This archive contains a typescript sampling the contents of The C.S. Lewis Handbook (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1990), given by Colin Duriez.

Dates: Created: ca. 1990

Collection 275 Papers of Charles W. Colson

 Collection
Identifier: CN 275
Scope and Contents Memos; correspondence; book, article and editorial manuscripts; texts of speeches; legal papers; newspaper clippings; testimony transcripts; magazine articles; audio tapes; and photographs, all documenting many of the major phases of Colson's life, including his work as a political advisor to President Richard Nixon, his involvement in the Watergate scandal, his conversion to Christian faith that caused him to plead guilty to one of the charges against him, his imprisonment, and his life...
Dates: Created: 1960-1990

Collection 582 Oral History Interviews with Michael A. Cassidy

 Collection
Identifier: CN 582
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Michael A. Cassidy, South African evangelist and founder of African Enterprise, in which he describes his family background and childhood in Basutoland, apartheid, his friendship with Patrick Baker Duncan, the development of his faith and prayer life, leading up to his conversion while attending Cambridge University; the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate College Union (CICCU); comparison of his education at Cambridge and Fuller Theological Seminary; the influence on his...
Dates: Created: 2002

Collection 724 Margery E. Dickinson Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: CN 724
Brief Description This collection consists of Dickinson's prayer letters to her supporters; copies of "Gleaning's for God's Servants," the newsletters of the counseling ministry of the Bible Clubs Movement (BCM), and oral history interviews with Dickinson. The materials describe her background, education, and decades of ministry in the United States and the Democratic Republic of Congo forming Bible clubs, training Bible club teachers, preparing curricula for the clubs, and providing counseling services for...
Dates: 1965-2021

C.S. Lewis: Images of His World Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-44 and A-124
Abstract This archive contains research notes, Lewis quotations, corrected typescripts, photographs, and other material related to the writing and publishing of the book C.S. Lewis: Images of His World by Douglas Gilbert and Clyde S. Kilby, published in 1973 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. At the time of the publishing, Gilbert was an Assistant Professor of Art at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Kilby was a Professor of English and the Curator of the Lewis...
Dates: Created: 1972-1973

C.S. Lewis in America: Noll Research Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-B-35
Abstract

The C.S. Lewis in America: Noll Research Collection contains records of American reviews, etc. concerning C.S. Lewis from 1935 through the mid-1950s (it is less thorough after 1947). These were prepared by Maggie Noll and used by Mark A. Noll in preparing several lectures and publications on the topic of Lewis in America.

Dates: Created: 1935-2013; Created: Majority of material found within 1935-1947

C.S. Lewis Testimonies Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-11
Abstract

This archive contains letters and emails responding to three separate surveys done in 1986, 1996, and 2014 regarding the influence of C.S. Lewis.

Dates: Created: 1959-1996, 2014; Other: Majority of material found in 1986-1996, 2014

Donald Swann Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-50 and A-85
Abstract

The Donald Swann archive includes articles, reviews, publicity items and other materials related to Swann and his works.

Dates: Created: 1964-2009

Douglas and Merrie Gresham Family Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-29
Abstract

This archive of the Gresham Family contains manuscript material by family members and background information.

Dates: Created: 1984-1997

Events File Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-126, 126a, and 127
Abstract

This archive includes materials from various events related to the Wade authors, including dramatic performances, conferences, academic courses, exhibitions, etc. More additions may be included in this archive at any time.

Dates: Created: 1966-2019

Geoffrey Bles Publishers Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-114
Abstract

This archive contains business correspondence and miscellanea relating to Geoffrey Bles, the publisher of various works by C.S. Lewis.

Dates: Created: 1952-1974

George Sayer Manuscripts Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-1
Abstract

This archive includes the manuscript and typescript of an unpublished essay by Sayer called "On C.S. Lewis." Also included is the typescript of The Celestial Search: C.S. Lewis, His Life and Work by Sayer (later titled Jack: C.S. Lewis and his Times - 1988 ed., and Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis - 1994 ed.).

Dates: Created: ca. 1978

Irita Kutchmy Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-35b
Scope and Contents This archive contains a demonstration tape of Irita Kutchmy's musical, "The Magical Land Behind the Wardrobe Door," (stored in Wade sound recordings: CSL-M / SR-5) as well as the program for its performance at Wimbledon High School (July 6-7, 1983). The musical was filed for copyright at the Library of Congress, January 2, 1984. Also included: a letter of explanation from Miss Kutchmy's mother, Cornelia Kutchmy, and a letter from the publisher saying that the Wade Center could not buy the...
Dates: Created: 1978-1988

Joe R. Christopher Publications Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-125
Abstract

Publications containing bibliographies and other materials relating to the Wade authors by Joe R. Christopher.

Dates: Created: 1980-2017

Joel D. Heck Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-54
Abstract

Correspondence between Joel Heck  and students or colleagues of C.S. Lewis in preparation for his book: Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education. Included in the correspondence are the Magdalen tutorial lists from 1926 to 1954, students'  lecture notes, an essay, a diary, newspaper clippings concerning Lewis and a brochure about the play Shadowlands.

Dates: Created: 1942-2003; Other: Majority of material found in 2002-2003

KJ Gilchrist Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-41a  through 41b
Abstract

This archive contains materials from KJ Gilchrist relating to research for his book on C.S. Lewis and World War I, A Morning after War (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2005). Also included in the archive are several pieces of WWI memorabilia / artifacts, gathered by Dr. Gilchrist near locations where C.S. Lewis served.

Dates: Created: 1914-1919

Letters to Children Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-20  through A-22
Abstract

The book Letters to Children, edited by Lyle W. Dorsett and Marjorie Lamp Mead, was published in 1985. It is a collection of some of Lewis' many letters to children over the years, particularly relating to the Narnia Chronicles but also full of personal advice and goodwill. These papers represent Dorsett and Mead's working papers.

Dates: Created: 1983-1986

Lewis children, mother at Dundela Villa

 Digital Record
Identifier: CSL / P-1
Dates: Digitized: ca.1902

Lewis family group at beach, Scotland

 Digital Record
Identifier: CSL / P-3
Dates: Digitized: August 1911

Lewis Library Inserts Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-2 through 2a
Abstract

The items contained in this archive were found between the pages of the books in C.S. Lewis' personal library.  A list and photocopies of some of the handwritten annotations in the books are also included.

Dates: Created: 1895-1974

Lindskoog Christianity and Literature Article Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-45
Abstract

This archive contains correspondence pertaining to the publication of the article "Some Problems in C.S. Lewis Scholarship" by Kathryn Lindskoog in the journal Christianity and Literature (27:4, Summer 1978). Also included are copies of the article and response letters that were published. Gift of J.H. Timmerman.

Dates: Created: 1978-1980

Mary McDermott Shideler Special Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-3
Abstract

This archive contains a typescript of The Theology of Romantic Love: A Study in the Writings of Charles Williams (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1962), with penciled notes by C.S. Lewis. It also contains a typescript of an index to the works of Charles Williams sent to Lewis, and a photocopy of a letter by Lewis.

Dates: Created: 1958

Robert Havard Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-B-8
Abstract

The Robert Havard Papers is a collection of personal and professional papers by and about Dr. Robert Emlyn Havard, personal physician of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and a member of the Inklings.

Dates: Created: 1923-1974; Other: Majority of material found in 1923-1956; Other: Date acquired: 06/00/1975

Schofield Correspondence Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-6 through 7
Abstract This archive is a collection of correspondence from the files of Stephen Schofield, C.S. Lewis scholar and editor of the "Canadian C.S. Lewis Journal." It contains correspondence between Stephen Schofield, Walter Hooper, Clyde S. Kilby, Kathryn Lindskoog, Ruth Pitter, George Sayer, and Sheldon Vanauken. Photocopies of letters by C.S. Lewis to various correspondents are also included, as well as various related materials. Some photographs are included...
Dates: Created: 1942-1992; Other: Majority of material found in 1979-1986

Seeking the Secret Place Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-52
Abstract

This archive contains the materials related to the book Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis by Lyle W. Dorsett (Brazos Press, 2004).

Dates: Created: 1898-2004; Other: Majority of material found in 1980-2004

Sheldon Vanauken Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-34a-b and B-6 through B-7
Abstract The Sheldon Vanauken Collection contains typescripts and proofs of Vanauken’s books: A Severe Mercy, Gateway to Heaven, and Under the Mercy; along with photographs of awards, photocopies of articles, reviews, and Vanauken's review briefs and letter logs regarding his work. Also included are biographical research materials on Vanauken from Will Vaus, author of Sheldon...
Dates: Created: 1831-2011; Other: Majority of material found in 1947-1996

Stella Aldwinckle Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-75 through A-84
Abstract

This archive contains personal and professional papers relating to Stella Aldwinckle, the founder of the SocraticClub (which included C.S. Lewis) and member of the Oxford Pastorate staff at Oxford University.

Dates: Created: 1922-1990; Other: Majority of material found in 1940-1970

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (CTW/ER-TV) Animated Film Archive

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-35c
Scope and Contents

This archive contains the press release folder used to promote the television special, the published script, and a teaching kit. There are more identical press release folders in the Wade Center’s Merchandise collection.

Dates: Created: 1979

Warren H. Lewis Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-110
Abstract

This archive contains personal papers from Warren H. Lewis, brother of C.S. Lewis, as well as inserts removed from the Boxen manuscripts and the Lewis Family Papers or Memoirs of the Lewis Family (1850-1930). A draft of C.S. Lewis: A Biography edited by Warren Lewis is also included.

Dates: Created: 1850-1973

Warren H. Lewis Walking Tour Maps Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-53
Abstract

The maps and books contained within this archive belonged to Warren H. Lewis. These items contain information about areas in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland where Warren Lewis and his brother C.S. Lewis went on walking tours. There are handwritten markings on several of these items. The original maps are stored separately from the research copies of this archive.

Dates: Created: 1907-1968

William Griffin Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-4
Abstract

This archive includes the typescript of Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life, here tentatively titled Rum Thing: A Biography of C.S. Lewis.

Dates: Created: ca. 1985

William L. Knecht Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-12 through A-13
Scope and Contents This archive contains photocopied materials from Mr. William L. Knecht. Mr. Knecht was studying C.S. Lewis's view of apotheosis (literally the elevation of humans to divine status) and compiled a large amount of correspondence with authors, pastors, and national Christian leaders. Also included are two manuscripts, a first and second draft of his study.The letters are quite detailed in Knecht's questions to these people and also in their answers. Numerous references are made to...
Dates: Created: 1985-1986

William Lindsay Gresham Correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Wade-A-51a
Abstract

This archive contains correspondence to and from William (Bill) Lindsay Gresham. Others involved include C.S. Lewis, Joy Davidman, and Douglas and David Gresham. Also included is correspondence to Marj Mead from Lyle Dorsett concerning the acquisition of the Gresham letters.

Dates: Created: 1940-1982; Other: Majority of material found in 1950-1960