#OTD in 1963 – Death of C. S. Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis born in Belfast), known to his friends as Jack.

‘Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.’ –C.S. Lewis

Born in Belfast, on 29 November 1898, C.S. Lewis went on to teach at Oxford University and became a renowned apologist writer, using logic and philosophy to support the tenets of his Christian faith. He is also known throughout the world as the author of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ fantasy series, which have been adapted into various films for the big and small screens.

In 1954, Lewis joined the faculty of Cambridge University as a literature professor, and in 1956 he married an American English teacher, Joy Gresham, with whom he had been in correspondence. Lewis was full of joy during the years of their marriage, though Gresham died of cancer in 1960. Lewis grieved deeply for his wife and shared his thoughts in the book A Grief Observed, using a pen name.

In 1963, Lewis resigned from his Cambridge position after experiencing heart trouble. He died on 22 November 1963, in Headington, Oxford.

Image: C.S. Lewis and his Lion, Aslan

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