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Irish author known for creating the world of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy and numerous nonfiction works on religion. He was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien with whom he was a member of the 'Inklings' group at Oxford, England.

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What story does C.S. Lewis acknowledge in the preface to “The Great Divorce”?

This isn't a typical story-identification question, since it's not a story I've read myself. As such, I unfortunately can't offer any more details or more clarification beyond what's already in this ...
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Was C.S.Lewis, through Aslan, referring to nuclear destruction?

With respect to this question about the Deplorable Word, Aslan states in The Magician's Nephew: "It is not certain that some wicked one of your race will not find out a secret as evil as the ...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish Delight as temptation for Edmund?

As today's xkcd so neatly puts it, The Chronicles of Narnia gives a really unrealistic impression of how good Turkish Delight tastes: Have some Turkish delight. If you betray you family, ...
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What does Aslan mean about being a bridge builder in our world?

(Building on a bit of discussion from here: Are the "wood between worlds" and Aslan's Country related in some way? ) In the Chronicles of Narnia, it is well established that Aslan's ...
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What was the price Jadis paid to learn the deplorable word, and who taught her the word?

We know that Jadis used this word to cast a spell over Charn and this brought about the destruction of everybody there except for her. However, who taught Jadis the Deplorable Word and what was the '...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish references including “Aslan”?

So "Aslan" is the creator of Narnia and a magical powerful lion. When I was reading the books I didn't realize that Aslan was actually the real name of this lion because "Aslan" means "lion" in ...
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Did C.S. Lewis create the lamp-post in response to a comment by J.R.R. Tolkien?

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a pretty legendary rivalry/friendship. In particular, it's fairly well known that Tolkien aimed for "higher" fantasy, compared to Lewis. I've heard some people ...
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Are the “wood between worlds” and Aslan's Country related in some way?

In The Magician's Nephew we read that movement between worlds can be accomplished by traveling with magic rings to a "wood between worlds" that contains pools acting as gateways. My question is: how ...
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Did CS Lewis ever write other Narnia works?

Did C.S. Lewis ever write (or authorise) any other works that are canonicaly set in the Chronicles of Narnia universe? To clarify, I'm asking about works (of any length) besides for the main seven ...
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Is there a full map of Narnia?

Is there any map that shows the whole of Narnia? Each of the seven books seem to include a different map.
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Unauthorized sequels to the Narnia books? [closed]

By "unauthorized" I mean "not by C. S. Lewis." For example, Neil Gaiman wrote a (lovely in my opinion) short story titled "The Problem of Susan," collected in his fragile things short story and poems ...
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Which Narnia book corresponds to which planet?

In case people haven't heard of it, there's a brilliant theory which suggests that each of C S Lewis's seven Narnia books corresponds to one of the seven 'planets' of pre-Copernican astronomy (the Sun,...
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If two humans enter Narnia through the Wardrobe with 10 years between them and come back to our world together, at what point in time do they arrive?

I call it "the Wardrobe Paradox." Would they arrive independently at their respective time of entry, or would one of them arrive at the other's time?
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If Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy were the only humans in Narnia, how did the human population emerge?

I'm going to rule out incest here, I don't suppose that's what Lewis had in mind. If I had to guess, I'd say that at some point between The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian other ...
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What exactly was C.S.Lewis's opinion on the reading order of “Magician's Nephew” within Narnia books?

When looking at discussions of reading order of Narnia books, I see two contradictory opinions: that C.S. Lewis opined in favor of reading "The Magician's Nephew" in published order (e.g. here), or ...
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What determines if the Wardrobe works or not?

When Lucy returns from Narnia after her first visit, her siblings open the wardrobe to confirm her story. However, they find it to be a normal wardrobe. Why did the wardrobe work the first time, but ...
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Was Dr. Ransom from C.S.Lewis' Space Trilogy based on J.R.R.Tolkien?

When reading Out of the Silent Planet, it struck me that Dr. Elwin Ransom, the protagonist, was a philologist like C.S.Lewis' good friend J.R.R. Tolkien. I have seen much speculation to the effect, ...
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Were there other literary topics that were covered by the Inklings?

I have read that J.R.R.Tolkien's Numenorian legend in the form of The Lost Road and the Out of the Silent Planet series by C.S.Lewis took shape from deciding on topics in their writing group, the ...
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Is there any connection between Narnia and the “Narn” in Narn i Chîn Húrin?

I was reading Children of Húrin and noticed the subtitle: Narn i Chîn Húrin. The Sindar language dictionary defines "narn" as: narn S., N. [nˈɑrn] pl. nern S. [nˈɛrn] n. a tale or a saga, that ...
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Is C. S. Lewis' Narnian “courtly language” clumsy?

In the 17th volume of The Chesterton Review, Sara Dudley Edwards, reviewing C. S. Lewis' Narnia stories, calls Lewis' "attempt at courtly language" clumsy. She says: [...] In all these instances, ...
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What was the difference between That Hideous Strength and The Tortured Planet?

According to a wiki article, a special abridged version of That Hideous Strength was published in 1946. In the wiki article about The Space Trilogy in general, this edition is described as "specially ...
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What order should the Chronicles of Narnia books be read in?

I've heard a lot of good things about C.S. Lewis's series "The Chronicles of Narnia." But I don't know what order I should read them in. Should I read them in the order they were written/published, or ...