After all, there is no doubt, ami, that the Irish are the only people: with all their faults, I would not gladly live or die among another folk." On the other hand, Paul Stevens of the University of Toronto has written that "Lewis's mere Christianity masked many of the political prejudices of an old-fashioned Ulster Protestant, a native of middle-class Belfast for whom British withdrawal from Northern Ireland even in the 1950s and 1960s was unthinkable." After his training, he was commissioned into the Third Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry of the British Army as a Second Lieutenant.On his nineteenth birthday he arrived at the front line in the Somme Valley in France, where he experienced trench warfare for the first time.
Lewis then attended Campbell College in the east of Belfast about a mile from his home, but left after a few months due to respiratory problems.He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings.The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularised on stage, TV, radio, and cinema.His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian apologists from many denominations.His father was Albert James Lewis (1863–1929), a solicitor whose father Richard had come to Ireland from Wales during the mid-19th century.His mother was Florence Augusta Lewis, née Hamilton (1862–1908), known as Flora, the daughter of a Church of Ireland priest, and great grand-daughter of both Bishop Hugh Hamilton and John Staples. When he was four, his dog Jacksie was killed by a car, and he announced that his name was now Jacksie.Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. According to Lewis's memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptised in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence.He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an "ordinary layman of the Church of England".Lewis experienced a certain cultural shock on first arriving in England: "No Englishman will be able to understand my first impressions of England," Lewis wrote in Surprised by Joy. Yeats, in part because of Yeats's use of Ireland's Celtic heritage in poetry. He writes plays and poems of rare spirit and beauty about our old Irish mythology." Lewis was surprised to find his English peers indifferent to Yeats and the Celtic Revival movement, and wrote: "I am often surprised to find how utterly ignored Yeats is among the men I have met: perhaps his appeal is purely Irish – if so, then thank the gods that I am Irish." Early in his career, Lewis considered sending his work to the major Dublin publishers, writing: "If I do ever send my stuff to a publisher, I think I shall try Maunsel, those Dublin people, and so tack myself definitely onto the Irish school." Lewis occasionally expressed a somewhat tongue-in-cheek chauvinism toward the English."The strange English accents with which I was surrounded seemed like the voices of demons. I have made up the quarrel since; but at that moment I conceived a hatred for England which took many years to heal." though there is not much evidence that he laboured to learn it. In a letter to a friend, Lewis wrote, "I have here discovered an author exactly after my own heart, whom I am sure you would delight in, W. Describing an encounter with a fellow Irishman, he wrote: "Like all Irish people who meet in England, we ended by criticisms on the invincible flippancy and dullness of the Anglo-Saxon race.