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Wade Publications

It is not surprising that since its earliest years, a significant aspect of the work of the Marion E. Wade Center has been accomplished through Wade related publications. Providing opportunities for continuing scholarship and education on the lives and the works of the seven Wade authors is integral to the Wade’s mission, and is achieved, in part, through a number of varied publications.

The Wade’s publication legacy began with the writings of our founder Clyde S. Kilby, who engagingly introduced readers to the world of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the other Wade authors. This tradition continues through additional publications by Wade staff to this day, including our  Friends of the Wade newsletter and the Off the Shelf blog. Together, these varied works continue to provide insights and invite considered interaction with the thought and writings of the seven Wade authors.

In addition, the Wade Center's journal VII has been an ongoing source of valuable scholarship since its inception in 1980. Co-founded by Clyde S. KilbyBarbara Reynolds and Beatrice Batson, this peer-reviewed academic journal encourages critical assessment of the Wade authors’ works and greater understanding of their thought and lives.

Recent years have seen the publication of works that have benefitted from the expertise of non-Wade editors as highlighted below. The most recent addition is a two-volume set of collected works by Clyde S. Kilby, published by Mt. Tabor Books, Paraclete Press in 2016.

We are also pleased to announce a partnership between the Wade Center and InterVarsity Press Academic to publish the Hansen Lectureship series. The first book in this series is by Wheaton College President Philip Ryken on The Messiah Comes to Middle-earth: Images of Christ’s Threefold Office in The Lord of the Rings, and will be released on November 2, 2017.

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VII: Vol. 34 (New Release)

Volume 34 (2017) is available for order online now. This volume includes three little-known and diverse works by C.S. Lewis as well as articles on Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis.

Messiah Comes to Middle Earth Book by Ryken
The Messiah Comes to Middle-earth

The first in the Hansen Lectureship series published by InterVarsity Press Academic. Includes content from the 2015-2016 Hansen Lectures by Wheaton College President Dr. Phillip Ryken and examines Tolkien’s Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn to bring new insights to the prophetic, priestly, and royal roles of Christ.

A Well of Wonder

Contains previously unpublished essays by Wade founder Clyde S. Kilby on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. Published by Paraclete Press, 2016.


The Arts and the Christian Imagination

Contains previously unpublished essays by Wade founder Clyde S. Kilby on art, literature, and aesthetics. Published by Paraclete Press, 2016.


The Pilgrim's Regress: Wade Annotated Edition

A new edition of Lewis's first work of fiction, loosely based on John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress and his own early experience as a Christian. Contains previously-unpublished content by C.S. Lewis, with additional notes by Lewis scholar David C. Downing. Published by Eerdmans, 2014.


Publications by Wade Center Staff

Bibliographical listings of publications on Wade related topics by the staff of the Marion E. Wade Center.