Five Fascinating Facts about C. S. Lewis

While at Wesleyan, I studied C.S. Lewis and his Inkling pals in depth and the classes were life-altering for me. To this day, Lewis is my most-loved author with his novel, Til We Have Faces, at the top of my favorites list. Check out these interesting facts about our beloved author…then let’s talk about costume parties for next year. Apparently, I haven’t been trying hard enough…

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Interesting Literature

C. S. Lewis was born on this day in 1898, so we’ve gathered together our five favourite interesting facts about Lewis and his work. Some of the interesting facts about C. S. Lewis that follow touch upon his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien; these may be known to diehard fans of the ‘Inklings’ (of whom more below), but we hope that some facts will be news to even devoted fans of C. S. Lewis’s work.

1. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien once went to a party dressed as polar bears. It wasn’t a fancy-dress party. According to Humphrey Carpenter in his biography of Tolkien, Tolkien went to a New Year’s party in the 1930s as a polar bear, wearing a sheepskin with his face painted white. Neil Heims, in a recent book on Tolkien, lists Lewis as his fellow party guest, similarly attired in ursine costume…

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