Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a literary scholar and devout Anglican who brought what has been called the “everyman” touch to Christianity, beginning with his series of radio talks during World War II, which he expanded into a series of books that have remained in print even today. His later works dove deeper into the life of faith through parables and allegory. Lewis is still a touchstone for many Christians, with 6 million copies of his books being sold every year.
His literary/scholarly friends, an informal group known as the Inklings, included J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams, as well as Dorothy L. Sayers.
We will be discussing Lewis’s life and work, as well as the influence he and his fellow Inklings had on each other.
In addition to Lewis’s own work we’ll be looking at The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (2015, Zaleski & Zaleski); C.S. Lewis: A Biography (A.N. Wilson, 1990); The Narnian (Jacobs, 2005), and the Inklings one joint work, Essays Presented to Charles Williams (1947).