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Name:  Clyde Kilby  

Pen Name: Clyde S. Kilby

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: September 26, 1902 in Johnson City, Tennessee


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.

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