Who Is This Man?
Can you guess who this man is? He was:
- Educated at the University of Oxford.
- An instructor at the University of Oxford.
- A brilliant and innovative scholar.
- Wrote important scholarly books.
- Born in the 1800s.
- His father was a successful professional man.
- His mother died prematurely, in her forties.
- His father never remarried.
- Loved to teach people things he knew.
- Witty, and believed in the value of humor.
- Lived frugally and gave generously.
- His first name began with C.
- Published books under a pseudonym.
- Used the name Lewis on his bestsellers.
- A sincerely devout Christian.
- Prayed for people.
- Sometimes wrote and delivered sermons.
- Was interested in George MacDonald.
- A prodigious and delightful letter writer.
- Never had any children.
- Sent charming letters to children.
- Published extremely successful fantasies for children.
- Highly quotable.
- Has been translated into many languages.
- Died in his mid-sixties, just days before his birthday.
- Has sold millions of books and is world famous.
- There is a society for his literary fans.
- A favorite of Kathryn Lindskoog.
- 1998 was observed as his centenary year.
- Featured on a 1998 Royal Mail stamp.
Answer: C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) (1832-1898).
This article by the late Kathryn Lindskoog was originally published in Issue # 79 of The Lewis Legacy (Winter 1999).