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General Information

Name:  Clyde Kilby  

Pen Name: Clyde S. Kilby


Audience: Adult;

Born: September 26, 1902 in Johnson City, Tennessee

Died: October 18, 1986 in Columbus, Mississippi

-- Clyde S. Kilby on The Marion Wade Center Website --
-- Clyde Kilby on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Dr. Kilby moved to Wheaton in 1935 and lived there until his retirement.

Biographical and Professional Information

Clyde S. Kilby is best known as a literary scholar of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. He was born in Tennessee and educated at the University of Arkansas, the University of Minnesota and New York University. He became a professor of English at Wheaton College in 1935 where he taught until his retirement. He was the founder of the Wade Center at Wheaton. Dr. Kilby died in 1986 at the age of 84. His book ''The Christian World of C. S. Lewis'' is widely regarded as one of the best introductions to Lewis's work.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Minority of One: A Biography of Jonathan Blanchard
ISBN: 0802810152

WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 1982


The Christian World of C. S. Lewis
ISBN: 0802808719

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 1995

This study provides a perceptive and illuminating guide to C.S. Lewis's writings. Kilby examines Lewis's Christian works one by one, compares them with each other and with books by other authors, and elucidates the themes that recur throughout the main body of Lewis's writings.

Imagination and the Spirit:

Eerdmans. 1971

subtitle: essays in Literature and the Christian Faith presented to Clyde S. Kilby This copy is signed by Professor Kilby.

Tolkien & The Silmarillion
ISBN: 0877888167

Harold Shaw Publishers. 1976

Clyde S. Kilby spins a 1964 remembrance and close acquaintance with J.R.R. Tolkien into an intimate portrait of the writer. Kilby provides clues to the content of 'The Silmarillion', then to be published posthumously and elaborates on the close relationships Tolkien had with C.S. Lewis and contemporary Charles Williams. Kilby was a Professor of English and at Wheaton College, IL.

Images of Salvation in the Fiction of C. S. Lewis
ISBN: 0877883912

Harold Shaw. 1978

The primary purpose in this book is to be useful to those who are in the process of discovering C. S. Lewis who have, indeed, read these tales at least once. Charles and Mary Lamb did English a great service in their re-telling of Shakespeare's Tales. In the same style I have tried, first, to remind the readers of the outline of Lewis's stories by re-telling them simply and meaningfully, and then noting, with as little piousness and pretentiousness as possible, the Christian involvements of each story. Each chapter consists of two sections: first, a summary of the Lewis story or stories under discussion and then a section in which parallels are drawn between this story and the life and belief of the Christian.

A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis
ISBN: 0156027836

Harvest Books. 2003

“He believed that such problems had at least essential answers and set out like a hound on the scent of a fox to find them. He liked answers better than questions.” – from the Preface

C.S. Lewis believed in the absolute logic of faith his books, letters, and essays demonstrated the immutability of religion in his life. This collection mines their pages to bring out some of his essential lessons and to showcase the themes that provided the foundation for his philosophy: The Nature of Man, The Moral World, Sin, The Christian Commitment, Love and Sex, Hell and Heaven, and others. His preoccupations produced inspiring literature that was sometimes whimsical, often provocative, and always emotionally compelling. Here, then, is an anthology to return to again and again—whenever we most need wisdom, insight into how best to wrestle with a particular challenge, or simply the kind of unexpected perspective Lewis always provides.

"Lewis’s remorseless pursuit of clarity, his intense moral concern, [and] the peculiar hue of myth, faerie, and Eden which informs all his work . . . these are here, and in proportion to how one would find them if one were to read every Lewis ever published." —New York Times Book Review

"A comprehensive reminder of the wit, understanding, courage, principles, and prejudices of one of the great lay preachers of our time."—Times Literary Supplement

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity, and Surprised by Joy.


Awarded ''Illinois Author of the Year'' by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1973.