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R. J. Reilly

R. J. Reilly was born in Detroit and attended De La Salle Collegiate After graduating from high school, he joined the US Army and was assigned to a combat engineering battalion that served in France and Germany during World War II. Reilly attended college on the GI Bill after his discharge in 1946, earning PhB (Bachelor’s) and Master’s degrees from the University of Detroit (now the University of Detroit Mercy), and a PhD in English and American literature from Michigan State University. His dissertation, Romantic Religion: A Study of Owen Barfield, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien, was published in 1971 and is considered a milestone in its treatment of Owen Barfield. Reilly taught at the University of Detroit until taking early retirement in 1987, when he was honored with the Professor Emeritus title for his contributions to the field. During his long academic career, Reilly continued to publish texts, book reviews, and scholarly articles, one of which, “Henry James and the Morality of Fiction,” won the Norman Foerster Award for the best scholarly essay in the journal American Literature in 1967. In addition to Henry James, a major focus of his academic career has been a study of the development of the American character.

Books by R. J. Reilly :

Romantic Religion

A Study of Owen Barfield, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien