This month sees the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. He died on November 22, 1963. You may also remember it as the day on which U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Author Aldous Huxley also died that day.
I won’t go into great detail here on a biography of Lewis. It would take too much time and space! Let’s just say Jack (as he preferred to be known) has had an enormous impact in the 20th century and onward. Known for his scholarly works, his Christian literature, and also his Christian apologetic works, Lewis is still widely read today and very influential in those areas.
I’m sure there will be many commemorations and remembrances of Lewis this month. In fact, one of them is the placement of a memorial stone in the Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey. Here at The Hogshead, we plan to commemorate Lewis this month with a few giveaways and several articles. The first giveaway will be a copy of Alister McGrath’s new biography of Lewis. I will offer the book to the winner as either a hardcover version, a Kindle version, a Nook version or a Sony Reader version. We’ll work those details out for whoever wins. 🙂
To enter just leave a comment and tell us how you were first introduced to C.S. Lewis and his works. (Blogengamot members are sadly excluded from giveaway.) This giveaway will run through November 15th to give plenty of time for entries. On November 16th I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner from the eligible entries.
I’ll share my introduction to Lewis. It was in 5th grade, I believe. It’s been awhile ago. Back then we used to have story time where the teacher would read to us. One time she read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Well, that was it for me. I had to get all the other books in the series too. I don’t remember when exactly I moved into reading Lewis’ other works. I think I started to read some of his apologetic works when I returned to the church in college. In seminary I was introduced to some of his other literature like The Pilgrim’s Regress and The Space Trilogy. Since then I won’t say I’ve read everything by Lewis, but I’ve read a fair swath of it.
Well, time for you to share now and get a chance at a great giveaway!