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Marion E. Wade Center

A living literary center of scholarly, artistic,
and ongoing spiritual renewal

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The Marion E. Wade Center promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources available nowhere else in the world. We emphasize the ongoing relevance of seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The Wade Center implements these goals by 

  • Assisting scholars in their study of unique materials by and about these seven authors in order to generate new understandings;
  • Sharing insights with a broader audience through our numerous programs and publications;
  • Supporting artistic works inspired by our authors;
  • Welcoming visitors to our museum.

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Richard Gibson

"The Way of Dante" — 2024 Hansen Lectureship Series

Dr. Richard Hughes Gibson, Professor of English, will reveal the profound influence of the medieval Italian poet Dante Alighieri on Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Williams, and C.S. Lewis in the 2024 Hansen Lectureship series, “The Way of Dante.”

Holly Ordway

Mead Spiritual Formation Endowment - Two Book Launch events for "Tolkien's Faith: A Spiritual Biography" with Holly Ordway

Watch the Mead Spiritual Formation Endowment events with Holly Ordway about J.R.R. Tolkien's spiritual development,  how faith inspired his writings, and how aspects of Tolkien’s faith inspire Christians today to grow in their own spiritual lives.

C.S. Lewis On Writing, David C. Downing

C.S. LEWIS ON WRITING AND WRITERS edited by David C. Downing

Enjoy reading C.S. Lewis's advice and insights on the art of writing in the book, C.S. Lewis on Writing and Writers, edited by Wade co-director, David C. Downing. A signed copy, by the editor, of this New York Times Bestseller is available from the Wade Center's bookshop.

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