C. S. Lewis (Who Wrote That?) by John C. Davenport, Kyle Zimmer

By John C. Davenport, Kyle Zimmer

Top identified for his Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis wrote generally on spiritual themes. This quantity examines elements of his existence and profession.

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Indd 32 9/16/10 2:56 PM 3 School Days FLORA’S DEATH CAME as a crushing blow to Albert. For the first time in decades, he was alone. First he became bitter, and then resentful, as the full force of his loss overwhelmed him. Albert’s character began to change and his behavior became increasingly erratic. He slowly retreated into himself, shutting the boys out of his life. Lewis later recalled that not only had Albert lost a wife, but in his grief, he was “really losing two sons” as well. At last, Albert concluded that he could not raise Jack alone.

This Mrs. Moore business is certainly a mystery,” he wrote to Albert. “It seems to me preposterous that there can be anything in it. ” Whatever the rest of the world thought, Lewis felt a bond with Janie. He did not mind her age or the fact of her separation, rather than divorce, from her husband, nor was he dismayed by her occasional cruelty toward him. She filled a deep need within him, and that was all that mattered to Lewis. The publication of Spirits in Bondage complemented the sense of fulfillment that came from being with Janie.

In the evening there was bubbly for dinner in honour of the event: the first time I have ever had champagne at home. For a brief time, Jack Lewis felt truly at home. indd 53 9/16/10 2:56 PM Lewis became a fellow at Magdalen College at Oxford University, a fact that pleased his estranged father greatly. Additionally, Lewis’ fellowship added a steady source of income, with which he could better support himself, Janie, and her daughter. indd 54 9/16/10 2:56 PM 5 The Kilns and Christian Revival DISCHARGED AND FREE, Lewis returned to Oxford in January 1919.

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