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It Was 50 years Ago Today...Another Famous And Beloved Man Died

Clive Staples Lewis (CS Lewis) died fifty years ago on November 22nd, 1963 - the same day that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. CS Lewis' death from renal failure on that day has understandably been overshadowed by the tragedy in Dallas that send a nation into mourning; yet CS Lewis was a respected and celebrated author, academic, and Christian apologist who would otherwise likely be remembered affectionately each November 22nd. He is perhaps most well-know to the general public for the Narnia children's novels, some of which have recently been released as popular movies. Yet another well-known author, Aldous Huxley, also passed away on that same, fateful day in 1963.
On November 22, 1963 — just 50 years ago today — three eminent men died: President John F. Kennedy and the writers Aldous Huxley (b. 1894) and C. S. Lewis (b. 1898). In 1982, the philosopher Peter Kreeft wrote a clever and valuable fictional “dialogue of the dead” among the three, imagining them meeting and conversing just after death in a purgatorial state — Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere beyond Death.
The fortunes of the three figures’ reputations over the last half-century make for an interesting comparison.
 NationalReview

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