A C.S. Lewis Chronology

adapted from Lyle Dorsett (1988) and Wayne Hammond (7/98)

by Richard James (11/98)

1898 Clive Staples Lewis born On 29 November in Belfast, Ireland.

1908 His mother, Flora Lewis, dies of cancer On 23 August.

In September he is sent to school at Wynyard in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

1910 He attends Campbell College in Ireland.

1911 Returns to England and attends school at Cherbourg House, Malvern, beginning in January.

1913 Enters Malvern College, a university preparatory school, in September.

1914 Moves to Surrey and is tutored by W. T. Kirkpatrick ("The Great Knock").

1916 Reads George MacDonald's Phantastes. This book, he wrote, "baptized" his imagination. MacDonald, he later claimed, was quoted in every book he subsequently published.

1917 Begins his studies at University College, Oxford, in April; meets "Paddy" Moore and his mother, Mrs. Janie Moore; commissioned a second lieutenant in the Somerset Light Infantry in September; goes to the front in November.

1918 Wounded in action in April.

1919 Returns to University College and meets Owen Barfield and A.C. Harwood; sets up second household with Mrs. Moore; publishes Spirits in Bondage under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton.

1920 Takes a First in Honour Moderations (midway examinations).

1922 Takes a First in Greats (classics and philosophy), and awarded the B. A.

1923 Takes a First in English Language and Literature in the Honour School; meets Nevill Coghill

1924 Assumes duties as tutor at University College.

1925 Elected Fellow in English Language and Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford; begins "Great War" with Barfield

1926 Publishes Dymer under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton;.First recorded meeting with Tolkien.

1929 His father, Albert J. Lewis, dies in Belfast;Lewis becomes a theist but not a Christian; informal beginning of Inklings founded by E.Tangye Lean

1930 Lewis, his brother Warren, Mrs. Moore, and Maureen move into "The Kilns" in Oxford; meets Hugo Dyson

1931 Meets with Dyson and Tolkien and a few days later confesses belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and becomes a regular communicant in the Church of England.

1933 Publishes The Pilgrim's Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism under his own name

1934 Meets Dr. Humphrey Havard

1936 Publishes The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition.

1938 Publishes Out of the Silent Planet.

1939 Publishes The Personal Heresy A Controversy, with E. M. W. Tillyard; publishes Rehabilitations and Other Essays; Charles Williams moves to Oxford and becomes part of the Inklings

1940 Publishes The Problem of Pain;

1941 Begins lectures on Christianity to members of the Royal Air Force; Begins a series of over twenty talks on the British Broadcasting Corporation radio.

1942 First meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club in January; Publishes Broadcast Talks, a small book based on his 1941 and 1942 BBC radio lectures; publishes The Screwtape Letters; publishes A Preface to Paradise Lost

1943 Publishes The Abolition of Man; publishes Christian Behaviour; publishes Perelandra;

1944 Publishes Beyond Personality

1945 Charles Williams dies; publishes That Hideous Strength; publishes The Great Divorce;

1946 Edits George MacDonald: An Anthology

1947 Publishes Miracles: A Preliminary Study; edits Essays Presented to Charles Williams; picture on the cover of Time magazine

1948 Publishes Arthurian Torso.

1949 Publishes Transposition and Other Addresses.

1950 Receives his first letter from Joy Davidman; publishes The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

1951 Publishes Prince Caspian; Mrs. Janie Moore dies

1952 Publishes Mere Christianity; publishes The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

meets Joy Davidman; 

1953 Publishes The Silver Chair

1954 Joy Davidman divorces William Gresham; Publishes The Horse and His Boy; publishes English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama; gives his inaugural address "De Descriptione Temporum";

1955 Becomes Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge; publishes The Magician's Nephew; publishes Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life; Joy Davidman moves to Oxford

1956 Publishes The Last Battle; Marries Joy Davidman in a civil ceremony in April; publishes Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold; Joy diagnosed with cancer in October

1957 Marries Joy Davidman in an Anglican ceremony in March.

1958 Publishes Reflections on the Psalms.

1960 Publishes The Four Loves; His wife, Joy, dies on 13 July; publishes Studies in Words; publishes The World's Last Night and Other Essays;

1961 Publishes A Grief Observed; publishes An Experiment in Criticism.

1962 Publishes They Asked for a Paper.

1963 Meets Walter Hooper in June

Dies on 22 November, the same day Aldous Huxley and John F. Kennedy died.

1964 Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer and The Discarded Image which he had finished are published; Poems edited by Hooper published

1966 Letters of C.S. Lewis edited by Warren Lewis published; Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature edited by Hooper published

1967 Letters to an American Lady edited by Clyde Kilby published; Spenser's Images of Life edited by Alistair Fowler published; Christian Reflections edited by Hooper published

1969 Narrative Poems edited by Hooper published; Selected Literary Essays edited by Hooper published

1970 God in the Dock edited by Hooper published

1973 Warren dies

1975 Fern-Seed and Elephants and Other Essays on Christianity edited by Hooper published

1977 The Dark Tower edited by Hooper published

1979 They Stand Together edited by Hooper published

1982 Of This and Other Worlds edited by Hooper published

1985 Letter of C.S. Lewis to Children edited by Dorsett and Mead published; Boxen edited by Hooper published

1986 Present Concerns edited by Hooper published

1989 Letters of C.S. Lewis and Don Giovanni Calabria edited by Moynihan published

1990 Christian Reunion and Other Essays edited by Hooper published

1991 All My Road Before Me edited by Hooper published

1994 The Collected Poems of C.S. Lewis edited by Hooper published

2000 Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis. Volume 1: Family Letters (1905-1931) edited by Hooper published

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Last Updated: Sunday, September 02, 2001