Marion E. Wade Center

C.S. Lewis' wardrobeJ.R.R. Tolkien's writing desk

Several months ago we went to the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College. The center is home to a large collection of works by several British authors including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

I just found the pictures I took, and I’ve posted them in the gallery.

Admission was free. Naturally, all of these authors works are all protected because of their age-induced fragility. They still have quite the display of literary works, including the writing desks of Lewis and Tolkien, the wardrobe that inspired “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” as was as various personal effects of each author. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon.

I’ve long been a fan of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, so it was a special treat to see the wardrobe, the original map of Narnia, as well as a letter he wrote to a class of fifth grade children. I even ended up buying a nice lithograph of Aslan the lion to hang in my library.

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