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Paddy Moore - what is his full name?[edit]

The article says "Lewis shared a room with another cadet, Edward Courtnay Francis "Paddy" Moore (1898–1918)", however the Commonweath War Graves Commission do not list anyone with this name. There is a Ernest Frank Courtney Moore who died in 1918 and was an officer, as was Lewis. (Web reference http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2281700/MOORE,%20ERNEST%20FRANK%20COURTNEY ). Is this the same person? If so, I assume there is a mistake either by the CWGC (unlikely) or the reference.

Anglican Writers[edit]

I was a little surprised to not see Lewis listed in the Anglican Authors link. The page link there says the main article must have an attachment to it. It would be good to link this article to the Anglican writer and possibly theologians sections. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Anglican_writers

From WikiBooks[edit]

"The Screwtape Letters" is fiction. But only fiction in the sense that the characters and the dialogue sprang from the imagination of one of the greatest modern Christian writers. Yet in our terrestrial reality the issues confronted in this book play out in our lives every day.

—WikiBooks

...since it is technically classified as “fiction”[1]-- let me say that it is essentially non-fiction, ...[2]

CBN

Although the book is technically fiction, it is, nevertheless, non-fiction in that it illustrates real spiritual principles based on a solid understanding of human nature and the spiritual world.

Semi-protected edit request on 1 July 2014[edit]

Please add the following to the "External Links" on the C.S. Lewis page:

This library has over 3,000 original C.S. Lewis letters, every book he wrote in multiple editions and languages, hundreds of books about him, and 2,400 books from his personal library. It would be helpful to Wikipedia researchers to know about this collection if they would like to learn more about C.S. Lewis. Thank you for considering this request.

-Laura Schmidt, Archivist of The Marion E. Wade Center

Laurielfrodo7 (talk) 19:03, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done--JayJasper (talk) 19:20, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Stronger, more well-developed separate section on academic training and work[edit]

...rather than having it nested, in brevi, throughout the biography and career sections. He was an academic success at two premier universities (some might argue) despite his general public acclaim and success. Why he was esteemed academically is very relevant encyclopedic material, and deserves further elaboration. Moreover, he clearly compartmentalized these areas of his life, not letting the public, general work intrude upon what were (for the better part of his career) his primary scholarly responsibilities. Apologies if I have missed something, including any earlier discussion in this. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 15:22, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Notably, (i) the first half of the subsection on his scholarly career is very general (see [1], cf. related sentences in Biography Section, [2]), (ii) the content of his scholarly career is limited to the few sentences in the second half of the first paragraph, (iii) the subsection then reverts to material more related to his public persona as a popular author, rather than any serious content on his long scholarly career and its continuing impact. As well, (iv) the infobox is, apart from a single word, is not that of an academic/scholar, but of the popular author (e.g., see "Genres" therein, and cf., e.g., infobox at George M. Church). All of this presupposes that interest in him will come only from his popular works, and this lessens the scope, and therefore impact, of this as an encyclopedic article. For a general concern I have raised for the lack of good infoboxes for non-science scholars/academics, see [3] and [4]. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 16:24, 30 July 2014 (UTC)