Editorial and Contributors


  • Marjorie Lamp Mead Marion E. Wade Center


It was just over forty years ago, in March 1980, that the first volume of VII was published. The possibility of a journal on the seven authors of the Wade Center first arose as the result of a conversation between Barbara Reynolds, friend of Dorothy L. Sayers, and Beatrice Batson, chair of Wheaton College’s English Department. This fledgling idea was subsequently brought to fruition through the efforts of Clyde S. Kilby, founder of the Marion E. Wade Center, resulting in a publication that was “born out of the need and opportunity for discussion and balanced assessment” of the seven Wade writers. ...

Author Biography

Marjorie Lamp Mead, Marion E. Wade Center

Marjorie Lamp Mead is Executive Editor of VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center, the annual journal published by the Wade Center on its seven authors, and the Associate Director of the Marion E. Wade Center. She has held varied positions at the Wade Center since coming to work at the collection in 1977 soon after receiving her B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College (’74), where she studied under Clyde S. Kilby. She served as interim director in the years between Dr. Kilby and Lyle Dorsett, and between Dr. Dorsett and Director Christopher Mitchell. She speaks on the authors locally and around the country, as well as overseas, and maintains numerous connections with individuals and organizations, providing continuity with the early development of the Wade Center.