Seven: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center


Announcing 37.2


Beginning with Volume 36, VII introduced a review supplement to more comprehensively highlight the abundance of high-quality scholarship being done on the seven authors archived at the Marion E. Wade Center. This second annual supplement, VII Volume 37.2, contains reviews of recent volumes on C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Explore Sayers's connections to other 20th-century female writers, what influenced Tolkien's extraordinary imagination, and the primacy of childhood experience in MacDonald's work through reviews of books on these topics and more in this free digital offering from VII.

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Volume 37 (2020)

Our usual practice is to publish the print and digital versions of our new volume of VII simultaneously. However, this year we have made an exception due to our desire to make a number of remembrances available as timely as possible. As a result, the digital version of volume 37 of VII is now available online while our print version will not ship until sometime in January 2021. However, subscribers still have the option to order either the digital or print version (or both) of volume 37.

Volume 37 explores several works by Wade authors: Owen Barfield, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Additionally, many articles in this issue consider the work of these authors in relation to one another.

Josiah Peterson and Charlie W. Starr share their discovery of unpublished notes that formed the basis for C.S. Lewis’s “Paper on Reason to the Socratic Club.” Tiffany Brooke Martin explores a timely and terrifying short story, Night Operation, by Owen Barfield that “deserve[s] to be better known.” Toby F. Coley analyzes the sacramental ontology woven into Lewis’s final novel in the Ransom Trilogy, That Hideous Strength; while David Bratman traces the history of Tolkien’s Lost Road and Lewis’s enigmatic references to Numenor in That Hideous Strength. Finally, Harry Lee Poe decodes Dorothy L. Sayers prodigious insights into Edgar Allan Poe's contributions to detective fiction, and Don W. King unpacks the gift of Warren H. Lewis housed at the Marion E. Wade Center, The Lewis Family Papers.

Published: 2020-12-23

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The annual journal of the Marion E. Wade Center provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the lives and works of the seven Wade authors.

In 1980, Dr. Barbara ReynoldsDr. Clyde S. Kilby, and Dr. Beatrice Batson founded VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center. For over thirty years, this peer-reviewed academic journal has promoted awareness of the seven authors of the Wade Center, as well as encouraged critical assessment of their numerous and diverse works. VII is designed for both the general and specialized reader and offers a particular emphasis on the literary, philosophical, religious, and historical aspects of the authors and their writings, including those which remain unpublished.

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"VII will be of enormous interest to anyone who cares about English literature and, particularly, about fine literature which is also Christian."
Madeleine L'Engle

"The seven writers highlighted in this journal were by no means artists for art's sake: they were idea-oriented, involved always with perennial matters. Their deepest concerns are still our concerns, and VII promises to conduct an interdisciplinary dialog of major significance."
Modern Language Review