Fredonia Shakespeare Club
The Fredonia Shakespeare Club held its eighth meeting of the 2012-2013 year at the home of Mrs. Victor Jonus. The topic for this year is "Authors as Social Commentators."
Members heard a paper by Mrs. Homer Garretson on C. S. Lewis which she summarizes as follows:
Lewis lived from 1898 until 1963, dying before he retired from Cambridge University where he was teaching medieval and Renaissance English literature. He had, before that, been teaching English Literature at Oxford for 30 years. He was very interested in the effects of the Latin literature which had been that of the upper and reading classes as the Roman Empire gradually disappeared and the various nations emerged with their own languages and literature.
Lewis was an atheist until in his 30s but accepted God and Jesus and became a Christian then. He wrote many books in the years leading up to World War II on Christianity and what that means. His books on that subject and his talks to the troops during World War II made him very popular and very rich. He wrote some children's books, "Narnia," and hoped those stories would help children learn about faith. He also met and married a divorced American woman who had cancer and died soon after their marriage. He is remembered today chiefly because of his explanations of what it means to be a Christian.
Jonus was assisted at the tea table by Mrs. William Larson. The next meeting of the club will be held on Thursday at the home of Mrs. John VanScoter.