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SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review

George MacDonald
G K Chesterton
C S Lewis
J R R Tolkien
Charles Williams
Dorothy L Sayers
Owen Barfield

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In 1965, because of the growing interest in these seven British authors, Dr. Clyde S Kilby of Wheaton College conceived the idea of starting a collection. Beginning with a small number of books and letters by C S Lewis, the Marion E Wade Center now holds thousands of manuscripts, letters, first editions and other primary material.

Fifteen years later, in 1980, Dr Barbara Reynolds, Dr Kilby and Dr Beatrice Batson founded SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review. Born out of the need and opportunity for discussion and balanced assessment of these writers, SEVEN is intended for both the general and specialised reader.

From the Co-Founder:

It is a privilege to serve this journal and the work of the seven authors which it represents. Thinkers, novellists, creators of new worlds, poets, dramatists, Christian believers, innovators in all they undertook, they set a high standard of intellectual integrity and imaginative achievement. We have still much to learn from them and about them. Their influence, severally and in combination, continues to be far-reaching and an inspiration to all who value creative excellence.

Barbara Reynolds

SEVEN will be of enormous interest to anyone who cares about English literature and, particularly, about fine literature which is also Christian.”

Madeleine L’Engle, Writer and Lecturer

“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 SEVEN promises to conduct an interdisciplinary dialogue of major significance.”

Modern Language Review

The Wade Center now has its own page all about SEVEN

Current Volume − Volume 28 (2011)

C.S. Lewis’s Unfinished “Easley Fragment” − David C. Downing and Bruce R. Johnson
This is the first publication of C.S. Lewis’s early attempt at realistic fiction, and is accompanied by an interpretive essay, situating the piece in C.S. Lewis’s biographical and literary contexts.
G.K. Chesterton’s Portrait of George MacDonald − Daniel Gabelman
Daniel Gabelman provides a unique framework for understanding George MacDonald’s work by examining it through G.K. Chesterton’s writing.
Dorothy L. Sayers and the Creative Reader − Chris Willerton
Chris Willerton highlights Dorothy L. Sayers’s understanding of the Trinitarian structure of creativity and her call to “creative” reading as an act of civic virtue.
Tolkien’s Beautiful Sorrow − Michael David Elam
Michael David Elam explores the idea of a beauty that comes from sorrow by examining J.R.R. Tolkien’s expression of divine music in the Ainulindalë of the Silmarillion.
Sayers and the Somersham Pageant − Martin Ferguson Smith
Martin Ferguson Smith reveals a little-known aspect of Dorothy L. Sayers’s early writing life: her involvement in village pageants. This article is accompanied by archival photographs of Sayers and other participants in the 1908 Somersham Pageant.
Books Reviewed:
  • From the Barfield Press: Eager Spring by Owen Barfield, introduction by John D. Rateli; Night Operation by Owen Barfield, introduction by Jane Hipolito;
  • The Holiness of G.K. Chesterton ed. William Oddie
  • Defiant Joy: Thee Remarkable Life and Impact of G. K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte
  • A Sword between the Sexes?: C.S. Lewis and the Gender Debates by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
  • The Soul of C.S. Lewis compiled by Wayne Martindale, Jerry Root and Linda Washington
  • Inklings of Heaven: C.S. Lewis and Eschatology by Sean Connolly, foreward by Walter Hooper
  • The Rhetoric of Certitude: C.S. Lewis’s Nonfiction Prose by Gary L. Tandy
  • Phantastes: Special Annotated Edition by George MacDonald, ed. Nick Page
  • Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits by Dimitra Fimi
  • The Ring and the Cross ed. Paul Kerry
  • Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien ed. Bradford Lee Eden
  • Tolkien’s View: Windows into his World by J.S. Ryan
  • Middle-earth and Beyond: Essays on the World of J.R.R. Tolkien ed. Kathleen Dubs and Janka Kašĉáková

Ordering Information

(including back issues)

Prices per volume, including postage and handling:
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$16.50 each US$22.50 each

Volumes are also available for sale in person at the Wade Center for US$12.50.
Please note that these prices are for individuals only: the price for libraries is higher − for details please see the Wade Center's web site.

Payment should be sent with order, by US$ or £ Sterling cheque (note: for payment in Sterling, please check the price with the Wade first), to:

  The Marion E Wade Center
  Wheaton College
  IL 60187-5593
  U S A
The Center can also take credit cards, which for overseas customers may be the most convenient method of payment due to the rapid fluctuations in the exchange rate. For more details, please see the Center’s own web site.