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Resolved That C.S Lewis's birth place is not Northern Ireland, which did not exist at the time of his birth.
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.
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
"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.
...since it is technically classified as “fiction”-- let me say that it is essentially non-fiction, ...
CS Lewis clearly distinguishes between his fictional and his non-fiction writing. To make the argument that a work is not fiction because it contains truth, even truth of great importance, is nonsense. Fiction is a medium or vehicle for communicating ideas, and the great fiction writers communicate very important ideas. If the characters are invented, and the storyline or plot is "made up from whole cloth," then the work is fiction, but to minimize the value of the ideas contained in the fiction is to miss the entire point of the work, its raison d'etre, if you will pardon my very poor grasp of French. All great fiction contains great ideas, which in many cases involve truthes critical to the development of society, if not to your immortal soul. To minimize the value of fiction because it's "only stories" is to strip away some of the richness of our culture. All of our great music is "made up." Poetry is certainly made up, ALL of it. Most painting is made up, and that which is based on "real life" certainly benefits by the interpretation of the artist's eye and hand. In the words of the father of one of our American best-selling authors, "I know it's true because I made it up myself." Rags (talk) 15:40, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
I have added mention of his being named but declined a membership of the Order of the British Empire in 1951 (the last honours list of George VI). I have lifted a paragraph about this from the article on the Order but it is unclear in what capacity he was named for it (literature, academic services, broadcasting?) so I have made a subsection of it sandwiched between Second World War and Chair at Cambridge University. His sketch in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004) states he declined a CBE (Commander of the order) but does not date the refusal - can someone find out if it referred to the nomination in the 1951 honours list?Cloptonson (talk) 22:30, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
At the end of the "Childhood" section, it says Lewis was conscripted, but the "First World War" section says he volunteered. The sources I have checked don't make it clear which version is correct. If anyone has a source that does make it clear, please amend the article. KarenSutherland (talk) 15:42, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
I think I see what the problem is here. In Surprised by Joy, he says he joined the Officers' Training Corps at Oxford (which is voluntary) "as my most promising route into the army" and from there was "drafted" into a Cadet Battalion (pp. 186-7). I don't think that "drafted" means quite the same thing as "conscripted" in this instance, as he was already being trained for the military and was not just a member of the general public. I will see if I can change the article to reflect this. (Just to mention, George Sayer in his book Jack talks more in depth about Lewis' time in the O.T.C. at Oxford.) Rmm413 (talk) 18:15, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes, the mans citizenship was undoubtedly British - but we're dealing with a man who undoubtedly considered himself Irish. Just Irish? I cannot say. But all the evidence points to a strong Irish identity. If he'd been born in the part that is now the Republic of Ireland today then he'd no doubt be described as Irish here - but people born in the pre-partition (like my grandfather) north had every right to identify as Irish or British - just like today. The "of the time" politics doesn't have any bearing on Lewis's national identity, which was clearly Irish. Or am I missing something here?--220.127.116.11 (talk) 12:28, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
Please don't confuse ethnicity with nationality. He was a British citizen, he was of Irish ethnic identity, they are not mutually exclusive terms. Mabuska(talk) 16:23, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
He clearly considered himself not to be English, but do you have any evidence that he did not consider himself to be British? I can't think of any myself. As Mabuska indicated, to be both Irish and British was not contradictory, no more than being Welsh and British, especially among Ulster Protestants like Lewis whose ancestors had mostly come from other parts of the UK. (In that regard, he wasn't really even ethnically Irish.) Anyway, numerous sources list him as a British writer, more than those who call him Irish from what I've seen. Rmm413 (talk) 17:51, 7 September 2015 (UTC)