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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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Crystal Downing, Subversive book launch


This latest book by Wade Co-director Crystal Downing explores Sayers's challenges to Christian complicity with culture, explaining how the former detective novelist often shocked people into seeing the truth of ancient doctrine in a new light. Contact the Wade to purchase your signed copy.

Watch the Book Launch Event

Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite Visits the Wade

Malcolm Guite tours the Wade Center Museum and reads from Tolkien's "Mythopoeia" by the Reading Room fireplace.

Wade Center Podcast

Wade Center Podcast

The Wade Center Podcast features interviews and discussions with scholars and figures related to the Wade Center and our authors. New episodes are posted regularly, so tune in today!

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