C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Timeline

29 Nov 1898
Birth of C.S. Lewis
Young C.S. Lewis is writing stories in Little Lea, Belfast
C.S. Lewis attends Campbell College in Belfast
Sep 1913
C.S. Lewis attends Malvern College
29 Apr 1917
C.S. Lewis attends University College, Oxford
Nov 1917
C.S. Lewis sent to trenches in France
13 Jan 1919
C. S. Lewis returns to Oxford from World War I after armistice is signed.
Aug 1919
Back from the war, C. S. Lewis resumes his studies at University College, Oxford. He excels in many subjects, receiving a First in Honour Moderations (1920), a First in Greats (1922) and a First in English (1923).
C. S. Lewis serves as a philosophy tutor at University College.
20 May 1925
C.S. Lewis elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
May 1926
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien meet at Merton College, Oxford
Long-time atheist C. S. Lewis reluctantly converts to theism
Oct 1930
C. S. Lewis, his brother Warnie, and Janie Moore (the mother of Paddy, Lewis' college roommate who died in WWI) buy a house called the Kilns for £3,300. The three, along with Mrs. Moore's daughter Maureen, will share the house for the rest of their lives
19 Sep 1931
C. S. Lewis has a late-night conversation with Hugo Dyson and J. R. R. Tolkien regarding myth and the truth of Christianity, which will soon lead to Lewis' conversion.
28 Sep 1931
Conversion of C. S. Lewis
25 Dec 1931
C.S. Lewis attends Communion service for first time
C. S. Lewis and his brother Warnie attend services regularly at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry. Jack and Warnie walk to church from The Kilns and always sit in the same pew near the back on the left: Jack nearest the pillar, Warnie on the outside,
Tolkien shows C. S. Lewis an early manuscript of The Hobbit
The Pilgrim's Regress by C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis publishes the Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition, considered his finest scholarly work.
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
A group of like-minded friends called "The Inklings" meets regularly at the Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford to discuss literature, religion and life. The group includes C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien; discussions at this pub contributed to the final form
Publication of The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis broadcasts two series of talks on BBC radio, entitled "Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe" and "What Christians Believe," which are later revised and published as the first two books of Mere Christian
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Perelandra, the second novel in C. S. Lewis' science fiction trilogy, is published.
C. S. Lewis publishes the final book in his science fiction trilogy, That Hideous Strength.
16 Oct 1950
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Friends and admirers of C. S. Lewis at Cambridge University create a professorship of Medieval and Renaissance studies just for him. Lewis is initially reluctant to take the position due to his personal and financial attachment to Oxford, but is convinced
29 Nov 1954
C. S. Lewis gives his inaugural lecture as Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge University.
C. S. Lewis publishes his autobiography, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life.
Jan 1955
Lewis begins his duties as professor at Magdalene College, Cambridge, which were deliberately lighter than those at Oxford to allow more time for his writing. Lewis described the arrangement as ""rather less work for rather more pay.". He occupies rooms a
Jan 1955
C. S. Lewis is professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, a position created just for him, at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Lewis preferred his new college to its Oxford counterpart. He wrote that Magdalene was "tiny, old-fashioned, and pious, an
C. S. Lewis publishes a literary novel based on the myth of Psyche and Cupid entitled Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold.
Apr 1956
C.S. Lewis marries friend Joy Davidman in civil ceremony
Oct 1956
Joy Davidman Lewis diagnosed with terminal bone cancer
21 Mar 1957
C.S. Lewis marries Joy Davidman in bedside religious ceremony
Apr 1957
Joy Davidman Lewis leaves hospital
Jun 1958
Joy's cancer is in complete remission.
Oct 1959
Joy's cancer has returned and there is little doubt it is terminal. But she and C. S. Lewis take a long-desired trip to Greece anyway. Lewis later wrote, "Joy knew she was dying. I knew she was dying.... But when we heard the shepherds playing their
13 Jul 1960
Death of Joy Davidman Lewis in Oxford
C. S. Lewis publishes A Grief Observed under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk. The book is an honest and heart-wrenching account of his grief and anger with God after losing his beloved wife to cancer.
Jun 1961
C. S. Lewis falls ill and is diagnosed with a seriously enlarged prostrate. His health is not good enough to withstand an operation, so he is prescribed rest and a strict lifestyle regimen. He agrees to all but quitting smoking, which would make him &quot
16 Jul 1962
C. S. Lewis has a heart attack at the Acland Nursing Home, where he had been admitted for renal failure.
17 Jul 1962
In a coma following a heart attack and believed to be dying, C. S. Lewis is given the sacrament of extreme unction. But immediately after the ritual Lewis opens his eyes, asks for a cup of tea as though everything is normal, and his heart becomes strong a
Aug 1962
C. S. Lewis returns home to The Kilns from the hospital with a nurse named Alec Ross. Later Walter Hooper, an American summer student at Exeter College, volunteers to serve as secretary. Warnie is on holiday and drunk in Ireland.
Aug 1963
Failing health forces C. S. Lewis to resign from his position at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The fellows of the college elect him Honorary Fellow. In response, Lewis declares: "I shall haunt the place whence the most values of my honors came."
Sep 1963
Warnie returns from Ireland and occupies the Kilns with his dying brother, C. S. Lewis. The brothers enjoy reminiscing about their childhood.
Oct 1963
Lewis writes in a letter, ""Yes, autumn really is the best of the seasons: and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But, of course, like autumn it doesn't last."
22 Nov 1963
Death of C. S. Lewis
23 Nov 1963
Funeral of C. S. Lewis
Warnie Lewis, brother of C. S. Lewis, publishes a collection of Lewis' letters and a memoir.
The C.S. Lewis Foundation, based in Redlands, California, acquires The Kilns and begins to restore it for use as a study center, rather than opening it to the public.