Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life is a partial autobiography published by C. S. Lewis in 1955. Specifically the book describes the author's conversion to Christianity which had taken place 24 years earlier.
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About the Author
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, theologian, broadcaster, and lecturer. He is best known for his fictional works, including The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy, and The Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the second book in the seven-book Narnia series, often tops must-read lists of classic children's literature; the series has been adapted for film, radio, TV, and the stage.
Date of Birth:November 29, 1898
Date of Death:November 22, 1963
Place of Birth:Belfast, Nothern Ireland
Place of Death:Headington, England
Education:Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Marvelous! Here you meet the wonderfully complex man Lewis really was. In love with books and ideas, he was the product of a passionate Welshman father, and a cool, aristocratic mother. A quirky, fascinating, readable autobiography.
Overlooked and under read, I found this to be a gift from the author to his readers. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. I especially enjoyed a few paragraphs about his nursery years and the reflections about his Father.