50th Anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ Death
C.S. Lewis’ death occurred on November 22, 1963. I would have liked to have put in the time to make a more proper, well-thought-out panegyric, but I only just realized yesterday that today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of one of my absolutely favorite authors, and I thought it would be better to write something short and quick than to write nothing at all.
His literary legacy
I can’t remember exactly when I first read The Chronicles of Narnia, but I knew of them long before I ever read them, from a cartoon on television, I think. I remember as a child being scared by the witch and I think that was a perfectly appropriate response.
In college, while spending a couple of months studying in London, I picked up a used set of the entire series and read them one after the other. To this day, that well-worn set is probably my most prized literary possession.
Since that time I’ve gone on to read (in no particular order): Mere Christianity, The Abolition of Man, The Great Divorce, Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Space Trilogy, ‘Til We Have Faces, God in the Dock, On Stories, The Pilgrim’s Regress, A Grief Observed, and The Problem of Pain. Perhaps there are more, but those are the ones I remember off the top of my head. I think it’s safe to say I’ve read more of him than any other author.
One of the things I love about reading Lewis is that each time I finish one of his books, I come away thinking it was his best. A more consistent author, I am unaware of. With Lewis you always knew what you were getting and what you were getting was good.
And so today, on this the 50th anniversary of his death, writing this short piece is the least I can do. He was one of the giant’s of literature in the 20th century and I am indebted to him in everything I write.
I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!
– The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
Further up and further in, Jack.