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In 1965, in response to the growing interest in these seven British authors, Dr. Clyde S. Kilby of Wheaton College established a research collection. Beginning with a handful of books and fifteen letters by C.S. Lewis, the Marion E. Wade Center now holds thousands of manuscripts, letters, first editions, and other primary materials.
Fifteen years later, in 1980, Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Dr. Beatrice Batson, and Dr. Kilby founded VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, as most of the scholarship on these authors was coming from the UK and the US at the time. In 2015, in order to reflect the now international appeal of these writers, the journal's subtitle was changed to VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center. Yet the original aim of VII remains constant: to provide the opportunity for discussion and balanced assessment of Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Today, VII is a recognized annual review intended for both the general and specialized reader.
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VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database, Humanities International Complete, Christian Periodical Index, Index to Book Reviews in Religion, MLA International Bibliography, and Religion Index One: Periodicals.
VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center is listed in the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, Descriptive Bibliography of European Journals for English Studies, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature, International Bibliography of Book Reviews, and the MLA Directory of Periodicals.