50 Years Later

On November 22, 1963, C.S. Lewis died. That makes this November, 50 years since his death. We collected several news outlets that celebrate Lewis’s legacy and put “50 years later” in some perspective.

Religion News Service
“Lewis may be the most popular Christian writer in history, with millions of copies of his books sold, the vast majority in the United States where his influence is far greater than in his native country.” Read the article

Publishers Weekly
“November marks 50 years since the death of C.S. Lewis, among the most beloved Christian authors of the 20th century, renowned for his now-classic works of Christian apologetics, lay theology, literary criticism, children’s fiction (including the Chronicles of Narnia), fiction, essays, and memoirs.” Read the article

CBA Retailers + Resources
“We all pretty much remember where we were and what we were doing on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. But the date also has enduring significance for those involved in Christian publishing and bookselling, marking the death of beloved British writer C.S. Lewis.” Read the article

“C.S. Lewis. The name stands alone. Even half a century after his death, no other Christian author—except St. Paul himself—has sold more books, decade after decade.” Read the article

Christianity Today
“In the south transept of London’s Westminster Abbey—where for a thousand years the kings and queens of England have been enthroned—sits a crowded collection of statues, plaques, and engraved flagstones. Geoffrey Chaucer, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Charles Dickens are buried there; dozens more are commemorated there. On November 22, 2013, 50 years to the day after his death, C. S. Lewis will join them.” Read the article

The New Yorker
(Primarily about The Screwtape Letters) “C. S. Lewis has been dead for nearly fifty years, but talk about Christianity long enough and you’ll likely hear his name. Evangelicals, Protestants, and Catholics all lay claim to him. Children read his ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series and grow into reading his more formal works of memoir and theology: ‘Mere Christianity,’ ‘The Problem of Pain,’ ‘Miracles,’ ‘Surprised by Joy,’ and ‘The Four Loves.'” Read the article

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