Kilby Research Grant


Kilby Grant Award BooksIn 1982, the Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant was established by Wheaton College's class of 1939 in honor of their former professor and faculty class sponsor. This endowed award is presented annually by the Steering Committee of the Marion E. Wade Center to a scholar engaged in a publishable project related to one of the seven Wade authors. The intention of the award is both to recognize scholarly contributions and also to assist the work of those who use the resources of the Wade Center.

There is no application process for the Kilby Research Grant. Researchers become eligible by having visited and used the research materials of the Wade Center. Further information on this award may be obtained by researchers once they are at the Wade.

Kilby Research Grant Recipients

Year   Recipient  Study
2014 Charlie Starr Articles related to a system of dating Lewis manuscripts by analyzing changes in Lewis's handwriting over time.
2013 George Marsden A book "biography" of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, to be published by Princeton University Press
2012 Jim Stockton  C.S. Lewis and the Oxford Philosophers



Alister McGrath  C.S. Lewis: A Life (2013) and The Intellectual Life of C.S. Lewis (2013).

Surprised by the Feminine - Monika Hilder

Monika Hilder Triad publication of the following: The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia (2012), The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy (2013), and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender (2013).
How Far is it to Bethlehem
Nancy Brown How Far is it to Bethlehem: The Plays and Poetry of Frances Chesterton
2010 Abby Santamaria A biography of Joy Davidman
2009 Grevel Lindop Charles Williams: The Third Inkling
2008 Ronald W. Bresland Forthcoming book on C.S. Lewis and Ireland
Christ of the Creeds
Suzanne Bray The Christ of the Creeds & Other Broadcast Messages to the British People during World War II by Dorothy L. Sayers. Introduction & notes by Suzanne Bray (Dorothy L. Sayers Society, 2008)
Planet Narnia
Michael Ward Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford UP, 2008)
Owen Barfield: A Biography Simon Blaxland-de Lange Owen Barfield: Romanticism Comes of Age (Temple Lodge, 2006)
Baptized Imagination
Kerry Dearborn The Baptized Imagination: The Theology of George MacDonald (Ashgate Publishing, 2007)

Irrigating Deserts

Joel Heck Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education (Concordia Publishing House, 2005)
Creed without Chaos Laura K. Simmons Creed without Chaos: Exploring Theology in the Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers (Baker Academic, 2005)
Beyond the Shadowlands Wayne Martindale Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell (Crossway Books, 2005)
A Morning after War
K. James Gilchrist A Morning After War: C.S. Lewis and WWI (Peter Lang, 2005)

Imagination in the Arts

Peter Schakel Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis: Journeying to Narnia and Other Worlds (University of Missouri Press, 2002)

Writing Performances

Crystal Downing Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
Most Reluctant Convert
David Downing The Most Reluctant Convert: C.S. Lewis's Journey to Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2002)
1999 Michael Travers Forthcoming book to be titled A Severe Delight: Exile and Longing in C.S. Lewis (co-written with Bruce Edwards)
1998 No award given  
The Company They Keep
Diana Pavlac Glyer The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (Kent State University Press, 2006)
History of The Hobbit John Rateliff The History of the Hobbit, Part One: Mr. Baggins and The History of the Hobbit, Part Two: Return to Bag-End (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
Father Brown of the Church of Rome
John Peterson Father Brown and the Church of Rome (Ignatius Press, 1996)
C.S. Lewis: Poet
Don King C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent State University Press, 2001)
Inklings Handbook
Colin Duriez The Inklings Handbook (Chalice Press, 2001)
1993 Mary Ellen Ashcroft Forthcoming book entitled “The Ideal of Work in the Life and Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers ”
1992 Stephen Thorson Forthcoming book entitled “Joy and Poetic Imagination: C.S. Lewis’s Dispute with Owen Barfield”

The Pattern in the Web

Roma King, Jr. The Pattern in the Web: The Mythical Poetry of Charles Williams (Kent State University Press, 1990)
C.S. Lewis Index Janine Goffar C.S. Lewis Index: Rumours from the Sculptor's Shop (La Sierra University Press, 1995)
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography Wayne Hammond J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography (St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1992)
Victorian Mythmaker
Rolland Hein George MacDonald: Victorian Mythmaker (Star Song Publishing Group, 1993)
Collected Works: Poetry Vol. 1
Aidan Mackey Collected Poetry, Part I (Ignatius Press, 1994)
1987 Paul Ford Forthcoming book on C.S. Lewis
The Passionate Intellect
Barbara Reynolds The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante (Kent State University Press, 1989)
Lewis: Writer, Dreamer, Mentor
Lionel Adey C.S. Lewis: Writer, Dreamer, and Mentor (Eerdmans, 1998)
Love All and Busman's Honeymoon
Alzina Stone Dale Love All and Busman's Honeymoon, ed. (Kent State University Press, 1984)
Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life
H. William Griffin Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life (Harper and Row, 1986)
George Sayer Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times (Harper and Row, 1988)
And God Came In Lyle W. Dorsett And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidman, Her Life and Marriage to C.S. Lewis (Macmillan, 1983)

2nd edition title changed to A Love Observed

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