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Kilby Research Grant

Kilby Research 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 Board 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 Grant Award Recipients


Kathryn Wehr

A forthcoming book on Dorothy L. Sayers’s The Man Born to be King


Amber Noel

A forthcoming dramatic reading of C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra


Holly Ordway

A forthcoming book tentatively titled Tolkien's Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (Kent State University Press)


Charles Huttar

A forthcoming book tentatively titled New Bodies in Narnia and Elsewhere: C.S. Lewis and the Mythography of Metamorphosis


Gina Dalfonzo

A forthcoming book tentatively titled Meeting of the Minds:the Spiritual and Literary Friendship of Dorothy Sayers and C.S. Lewis (Baker Book House)


Corey Latta

2017: A forthcoming book tentatively titled The God Behind the Veil: How The Imagination Insists on God


Tobey Coley

2016: A forthcoming book considering C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves


Paul Fiddes

2015: A forthcoming book exploring co-inherence in the writings of Charles Williams and C.S. Lewis

Zaleski Book Carol and Philip Zaleski The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and Their Circle (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)
VII Vol. 33 small Charlie W. Starr "'Villainous Handwriting': A Chronological Study of C.S. Lewis’s Script" in Volume 33 of VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center, pp.73-94 (2016) and online supplement “The Lewis Handwriting Chart.”

Marsden Book George Marsden 2013C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2016)
  Jim Stockton 2012: Forthcoming book C.S. Lewis and the Oxford Philosophers
McGrath book Alister McGrath 2 titles:  C.S. Lewis: A Life (Tyndale, 2013) and The Intellectual Life of C.S. Lewis (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
Hilder Book Monika Hilder 3 titles:  The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia (Peter Lang, 2012), The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy (Peter Lang, 2013), and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender (Peter Lang, 2013).
Brown Book Nancy Brown How Far is it to Bethlehem: The Plays and Poetry of Frances Chesterton (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2012)
Santamaria Book Abigail
2010: Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
Lindop Book Grevel Lindop 2009Charles Williams: The Third Inkling (Oxford UP, 2015)
  Ronald W.
2008: Forthcoming book on C.S. Lewis and Ireland
Bray Book Suzanne Bray 2007: 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)
Ward Book Michael Ward Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford UP, 2008)
DeLange Book  Simon
Blaxland-de Lange
Owen Barfield: Romanticism Comes of Age (Temple Lodge, 2006)
Dearborn Book Kerry Dearborn The Baptized Imagination: The Theology of George MacDonald (Ashgate Publishing, 2007)
Heck Book Joel Heck Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education (Concordia Publishing House, 2005)
Simmons Book Laura K.
Creed without Chaos: Exploring Theology in the Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers (Baker Academic, 2005)
Martindale Book Wayne
Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell (Crossway Books, 2005)
Gilchrist Book K. James
2003: A Morning After War: C.S. Lewis and WWI (Peter Lang, 2005)
Schakel Book Peter Schakel 2002: Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis: Journeying to Narnia and Other Worlds (University of Missouri Press, 2002)
DowningC Book Crystal Downing 2003: Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
Downing Book David C.
2000: The Most Reluctant Convert: C.S. Lewis's Journey to Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2002)

Michael Travers


1999: Forthcoming book to be titled A Severe Delight: Exile and Longing in C.S. Lewis (co-written with Bruce Edwards)



1998: No award given

Glyer Book Diana Pavlac
The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (Kent State University Press, 2006)
Rateliff Book 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)
Peterson Book John Peterson 1996: Father Brown and the Church of Rome (Ignatius Press, 1996)
KingD Book Don W. King 1995: C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent State University Press, 2001)
Duriez Book Colin Duriez 1994: The Inklings Handbook (Chalice Press, 2001)
  Mary Ellen
1993: Forthcoming book entitled The Ideal of Work in the Life and Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers
Thorson Book Stephen
1992: Joy and Poetic Imagination: Understanding C.S. Lewis's "Great War" with Owen Barfield and its Significance for Lewis's Conversion and Writings (Winged Lion Press, 2015)
    1991: No award given
King Book Roma King, Jr. The Pattern in the Web: The Mythical Poetry of Charles Williams (Kent State University Press, 1990)
Goffar Book Janine Goffar C.S. Lewis Index: Rumours from the Sculptor's Shop (La Sierra University Press, 1995)
Hammond Book Wayne
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography by Wayne Hammond and Douglas A. Anderson (St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1992)
Hein Book Rolland Hein 1989: George MacDonald: Victorian Mythmaker (Star Song Publishing Group, 1993)
Mackey Book Aidan Mackey 1988: Collected Poetry, Part I by G.K. Chesterton, Edited by Aidan Mackey (Ignatius Press, 1994)

Paul Ford

1987: Forthcoming book on C.S. Lewis

Reynolds Book Barbara
1986: The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante (Kent State University Press, 1989)
Adey Book Lionel Adey 1985: C.S. Lewis: Writer, Dreamer, and Mentor (Eerdmans, 1998)
Dale Book Alzina Stone
1984: Love All and Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers, Edited by Alzina Stone Dale (Kent State University Press, 1984)
Griffin Book H. William
1983: Clive Staples Lewis: A Dramatic Life (Harper and Row, 1986)
Sayer Book George Sayer Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times (Harper and Row, 1988)
Dorsett Book Lyle W.
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