50th Anniversary C.S. Lewis

November 22, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. There have already been Lewis Jubilee celebrations around the world, and so much to remember on his life and legacy, that it is hard to choose what to include.

Here's a few choice results and hopefully there will be more to follow on/update as and when.............

The new two-part series from the CBC titled C.S. Lewis and the Inklings is well worth your time.

                       Images and introduction to the CBC series is posted below.

 The Inklings - C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams
              The Inklings - C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams

C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams were the core of the legendary literary group The Inklings at Oxford University. They were united by a love of myth and the belief that it is through the imagination that reality is illuminated. In this two-part series producer Frank Faulk first explores the early life of C.S. Lewis, and the experiences that would shape him on his journey to becoming one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers and writers on Christianity. Part 2 airs Thursday, October 17.

Participants in Part 1

Malcolm Guite: The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite is a chaplain at Cambridge University, where he also teaches and lectures literature and theology. He is a published author and poet, and has also put together a wonderful series of talks on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, which can be heard at his website.

Monika Hilder is the Co-Director of The Inklings Institute of Canada. Hilder is also the author of a three-volume study of Lewis and gender. The third and most recent volume is titled Surprised by the Feminine: A Re-Reading of C.S. Lewis and Gender

Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College London. He is also the author of the recently published C.S. Lewis A Life: Eccentric Genius and Reluctant Prophet

A new book by C.S. Lewis is due out at the end of November contains an anthology  of writings including forty book reviews, never before reprinted, as well as four major essays which have been unavailable for many decades. A fifth essay, 'Image and Imagination', is published for the first time. 
 "Taken together, the collection presents some of Lewis's finest literary criticism and religious exposition. The essays and reviews substantiate his reputation as an eloquent and authoritative critic across a wide range of literature, and as a keen judge of contemporary scholarship, while his reviews of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will be of additional interest to scholars and students of fantasy." From Amazon 

The statue of C. S. Lewis in front of the ward...
The statue of C. S. Lewis in front of the wardrobe from his book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in East Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A few favourite quotes

Below ; Extract From The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

At this point in the story, the characters have been fighting all around a small stable and are now inside.
"It seems, then," said Tirian, smiling himself, "that the Stable seen from within and the Stable seen from without are two different places."

"Yes," said the Lord Digory. "Its inside is bigger than its outside."

"Yes," said Queen Lucy. "In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world."
              C.S. Lewis. The Last Battle

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