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Title: From: The Four Loves
Author(s): LEWIS, C.S.
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 4 Issue: 2 Date: Autumn 1998
Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1898. He was educated by private tutor and then at Malvern College in England for a year before attending University College, Oxford, in 1916. His education was interrupted by service in World War I. In 1918 he returned to Oxford where he did outstanding work as a classical scholar. He taught at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1954, and from 1954 until his death in 1963 he was professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University in Cambridge. He was highly respected in his field of study, both as a teacher and writer.
In his essay The Four Loves, from which the following passage is taken, Lewis describes the four basic kinds of human love – affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. On his own testimony, he could not have written this book if he had not fallen in love with the American Jewish woman Joy Davidman. They married when her terminal bout with cancer was already near. She died at the age of 45.