|Quote from Lewis' Mere Christianity, photo source here.|
Between 1941 and 1944, Lewis was invited to give a series of talks about Christianity on BBC radio. After the first set of talks was well received he also presented some lectures to soldiers, which he considered war work. His broadcasts resulted in many people converting to Christianity - and a lot of letters for Lewis to answer. The text of his talks was published in a book called Mere Christianity.
C.S. Lewis' seven Chronicles of Narnia were written and published between 1948 and 1956. (Click here to read "Narnia: Fantasy in Fur Coats" from a BBC biographical article about Lewis.)
You are mistaken when you think that everything in the books 'represents' something in this world. Things do that in The Pilgrim's Progress [a 1678 allegory by John Bunyan] but I'm not writing in that way. I did not say to myself 'Let us represent Jesus as He really is in our world by a Lion in Narnia': I said, 'Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as he became a Man in our world, became a Lion there, and then imagine what would happen.'
-C.S. Lewis, quoted in Walter Hooper, C. S. Lewis: A Companion and Guide
The last book Lewis published, and one he considered his best, was Till We Have Faces, an unusual retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. It's actually one of my favorite books - and is wonderful Lenten reading!
“Death opens a door out of a little, dark room (that's all the life we have known before it) into a great, real place where the true sun shines and we shall meet” (from Till We Have Faces).