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r04 – Don’t Call Me “Clive”

May 31, 2013

    Listen to as PODCAST: LMR004-No Clive Please 


At an early age C.S. Lewis decided he didn’t like his first name…and believe me you wouldn’t want it either.

Imagine growing up with “Clive” as your first name. You might decide to use your middle name instead. But, wait, that’s no good, because your middle name is “Staples.” No wonder C.S. Lewis went for using his initials on the books he authored!

But, what did Lewis want others to call him? Would you believe around the age of four he announced he wanted to be called “Jacksie?” Though he stated he wouldn’t answer to any other name than this, it was eventually shortened to “Jacks,” which his brother and father often still called him. Ultimately the “s” was dropped and most friends simply knew him as “Jack.”


Learn More:

Two of many biographies that discuss Lewis’ life:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2013 10:49 am

    Jacksie was the name of the dog nextdoor. 🙂 He heard that and wanted to be called that as well. Ha!

  2. May 31, 2013 1:12 pm

    I think echoes of his distaste for his own names showed up in the opening lines of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

  3. May 31, 2013 3:27 pm

    You Lewis buffs may enjoy “C.S. Lewis on the Literary Style of Richard Hooker’s “Laws of Ecclesiastical Piety” at Richard Zeulch’s blog, Reiterations:

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