Authors C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

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Clive Staples Lewis began life as an atheist and later became the best-selling Christian author in history. In fact, more than 1.5 million copies of his works are sold every year. His favorite authors were George Herbert, Thomas Traherne, George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton and he was best friends with the creator of "The Lord of the Rings," J.R.R. Tolkien.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, the son of a solicitor, Lewis and his brother read endlessly and created their own stories about imaginary lands and animals. When he grew up, Lewis attended Oxford University and later became a Fellow at Magdalen College there. He was a professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University and his wartime broadcasts of Christian truth for the BBC later became the basis for his famous book, "Mere Christianity." More people were converted to Christianity through this book than any other in the 20th century.

Lewis married late and lost his wife shortly after their marriage due to cancer. The story of their love is portrayed in the movie, "Shadowlands." His stepson from this marriage, Douglas, was the inspiration for his famous "Chronicles of Narnia." He also wrote a Space Trilogy, many essays, short stories, and poems.

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