A Biography of C.S. Lewis by Rebecca Black age 11

Over the last few weeks Rebecca has had to write a biography about a famous person from Ireland/Northern Ireland for her homework and after much questioning of myself and Stephen she decided to go with C.S. Lewis.  She has just completed her project two days ahead of schedule and as promised by her daddy she is allowed to post it on the blog.  We hope you enjoy the read and any feedback you have Rebecca will love to hear it and she will get back to you after school and football practice tomorrow evening.

Hello, there my name is Rebecca Black and I am in Primary 7 at Ballinderry Primary School. Today I am going to tell you about a wonderful man who is dead now but he was so good he survived through two world wars that would’ve been hard to do, so sit back and enjoy learning about the person I am going to tell you all about his name is Clive Staples Lewis. Clive Staples Lewis was born on the 29th November 1898 and lived until he was 63 years of age. He died on the 22nd November 1963 it was a sad day for all his friends and family and it was even sadder because it was a week before his 64th birthday. He was born in Belfast at the Royal Victoria Hospital which is the same hospital where I was born and also the same hospital that my mum, brother, sister, grandparents, great grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins were born that is a cool fact what I found out. The first person to hold him was his dad because his mum took ill during child birth and she couldn’t hold him for 7 hours.

In his family were his mother Flora Lewis, father A.J Lewis and older brother Warren Lewis. C.S. Lewis got married and his wife was called Joy Davidian and changed her name to Lewis. Then they had two children called Douglas and David.

C.S. Lewis was home schooled until he was 9 by his mum until his mum died at the age of 46 in 1908 what was very sad. After this C.S. Lewis’s dad sent him to a boarding school in England that he did not like because they were very mean to the children and shouted at them for doing nothing. One day the school board and the police went to the school and put the mean teacher in jail because what the teachers were doing was not right. When he was a wee boy he really wanted to be a police officer but because he was so good and loved writing he became an author.

A few of C.S. Lewis’s friends were his big brother, his best friends at school were Jake, Adam and Ben. Ben lived next door to him so they all ways went outside and played with each other every day.

C.S. Lewis went to one off the most popular and best universities in England that was called Oxford University. You must be smart to get into it so he must have been proud of himself if I was him I would have been proud. Then in 1914 World War One started so he was lucky to still be alive after the war he did not join the world war because he was too young he was only 16 and you had to be 18 to be in the war.
When he left university his first job was working in their local shop down the road from their house that would have been easy for him to get to work and back. He worked there for a few years and then he got the job that made him a famous Author and Poet. I am going to tell you a few of the best known books he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia series of books: The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian the Return to Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle. Three of these books were made into movies I have watched the first movie and am reading the second book so you should watch it if you want or read it is good.

Some of the pomes he wrote are – As The Ruin Falls, Evolutionary Hymn and After Prayers, Lie Cold. As well as the Narnia books he wrote a lot of Christian books like the Four Loves, Surprised by Joy and Mere Christianity my Dad has read Mere Christianity and he said that it is that good he would read it again and he has already read it two times so it must be good.

1941 was a sad and scary year for all the people who lived in England because at that time Germany bombed England because in World War 1 they started to fight at the end so they then carried it on to World War 2.

Now am going to tell you some places where you can go and have a look around and find some more facts about C.S. Lewis. The first one is in England there is this walking tour all the way round the University that he went to that is the Oxford University Centre. He has another place where you can go visit is the Blue Plaqvo place that is in Dundela Avenue in Belfast and that was where C.S. Lewis was born. In Belfast C.S. Lewis has a square named after him on the Holywood Road in Belfast.

This has been a short version of the life of C.S. Lewis from the first day he was born on till he died on the 22nd of November 1963 at the age of 63 years old and I hope you enjoyed it.

I hope you learnt some new facts and you had fun reading this and remember you can go to the places I told you about and if there was something you wanted to find out and I did not write about it you can go to one off them and ask someone there and am sure that they would know it or if they don’t ask someone different and they will know. I hope you enjoyed this and thank you for reading.

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  1. That was some powerful stuff. As I started reading, my computer screen went dark. Woah! (Forgetting to plug in my laptop before it runs out of juice is an ongoing struggle.)
    I liked it that you provided us with pointers on how to discover more if we’d like.

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  2. Well, I have to tell you, Rebecca, I certainly learned a lot. C.S. Lewis is a writer I greatly admire, and I loved his series of Narnia. I didn’t know he was homeschooled, or a lot of what you shared in fact. I learned a lot because of you. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  3. Hello Rebecca, that was a great piece. C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite writers and The Lion. The Witch and The Wardrobe is the first book I ever read. I enjoyed learning more about the man that wrote one of my best-loved stories. Thank you.

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  4. Hands down my favorite author of all time! I learned so much from your paper Rebecca 🙂 thank you for all your hard work! This is one of the only authors whose books I’ve read more than once. All the way through the Narnia series, Mere Christianity, and the Screwtape Letters. His perspective on God and the way live as Christians have always inspired me! Keep up the great work 🙂 say, how does winter break work for your schools in Ireland? I’m done with this semester on Tuesday.

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  5. CS Lewis was critical in providing intellectual defence in an accessible manner to Christians in Britain and Ireland at a time of low ebb. Much to be respected.

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  6. Nice job Rebecca! I have read all of C.S. Lewis’ excellent books, including his Space Trilogy. But I learned things about him that I did not know from reading your biography. Thank you!

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  7. Excellent job! I learned a lot about this amazing author that I didn’t know!

    I didn’t realize your last name is Black, your family doesn’t happen to have any ancestors who lived in the Lisburn area circa 1800, do you? I’m descended from William and Mary Gardiner Black (my 6th-great grandparents) from Malone/Lisburn, from their son William who immigrated to the U.S. in the mid-1800s.

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    1. Thank you. Although we live less than 10 miles from Lisburn my family are from County Tyrone. My grandmother’s maiden name was Wilson and she also said we were distant relatives of President Woodrow Wilson whose family came from the same area.

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  8. Great report, Rebecca! I learned several things I didn’t know about C. S. Lewis! Thank you for sharing with us.
    It’s incredible that you were born in the same hospital he was! I bet since it is so old, that it is a beautiful building.
    Thank you again for sharing your report with us!

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          1. Do I watch? He says lol 😂 Got all the books, the entire TV series on my laptop, t shirts and magazines dedicated completely to GOT… Guess you could say I’m a wee fan lol I love Daenerys & Tyrion and Love to hate Cersei 😄🤓

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