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Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was perhaps one of the greatest writers of fiction and the fantastical, well... ever. His works remain more influential and beloved today than ever, with his most popular tales and stories continuously being adapted into a variety of mediums, such as television, film, and stage performances. In celebration of this wonderful writer who gave us so much to cherish, between the November dates of his birth and his passing, here are just a few of his legendary writings to sink your teeth into.
Before your proceed, be sure to check out our collection of vintage C.S. Lewis books, which includes many of those discussed below and more!
Undoubtedly his most well-known collection of works, The Chronicles of Narnia series consists of seven classic fantasy books, presenting the genre in its purest form. Fantasy is, has been, and always will be a powerful tool for capturing the imagination and igniting the creative flames in the minds of young people, and C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia serves as a perfect example of this. Not only have the books continued to be wildly successful since their publication, but they have spawned multiple adaptations in a variety of forms, ensuring that this story remains as popular for newer generations as it does old.
Set in the fictional universe of Narnia, first seen in the ground-breaking 1950 novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this saga has everything a reader could possible desire when it comes to fantastical escapism. With talking animals, mythical creatures, otherworldly landscapes, and battles between the forces of good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia arguably defines exactly what fantasy should be - or at least what it was during its rise to popularity throughout the 20th century, along with the likes of The Lord of the Rings and other renowned epic fictional chronicles.
Steering away from the purely fantastical and more towards science-fiction, The Space Trilogy, while not quite as well known as The Chronicles of Narnia, is an equally fascinating saga of epic proportions by C.S. Lewis. Written and released throughout the late 1930's and the 1940's, The Planet Trilogy (also known as the Cosmic Trilogy) holds similarities to a lesser known subgenre in the realm of fantasy and sci-fi; sword and planet, which derives its name from sword and sorcery, which is another slightly more popular subgenre of fantasy and fiction.
Elements of sword and planet are often similar to that of classic and epic fantasy, but utilise science-fiction elements with the setting usually being other planets (shocker, right?) - in many cases, planets of our own solar system. While modern science and discovery has uncovered that no life as we know it survives on planets such as Venus and Mercury, older science-fiction literature often takes place on these perilous worlds before such facts were so certainly known. This includes, but is not limited to, Almuric, John Carter, the Morgaine Cycle, and, of course, Lewis' The Cosmic Trilogy.
Alongside his inspiring and magical stories, C.S. Lewis found great success with his other, less fantastical works, including his Christian apologist books. Lewis was a devout member of the Church of England, and his faith profoundly effected and influenced his work - in many cases, this faith was directly responsible for and the subject of his writings. This includes, amongst many other published works and writings, Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.
So, whether you're into the fantastical or the philosophical, C.S. Lewis' extensive bibliography is sure to have something for you!
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