Did you know that in 1950 C.S. Lewis’ novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was published? When C.S. Lewis was 16, he thought of an image of a Faun carrying an umbrella and packages. Almost 30 years later, this idea inspired C.S. Lewis to write a story about it, a story that became The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. At first, the book was not very popular, but now the book ranks high on lists of popular and well-read books. The novel has been translated into 47 different languages and made into television shows, theater plays, and movies.
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first of the seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series. He finished writing the story at the end of March 1949. He completed the sequel to the book, Prince Caspian, at the end of 1949.
When The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was first published, people expected realistic stories for older children. It was thought that fantasy was for very young children and even that fantasy stories were unhealthy for older children. Some adults worried that the story was too moralistic, while others worried that children would be frightened by the violent incidents.
Initially there were slight differences between the books published in the British and American versions of the books. The British version of the books had 43 illustrations, while the American version only had 17. Different wording or names for characters and places appears in British and American versions as well. Current editions of the book follow the original British edition.