Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Stanley A. Clayes Essay Prize


Professor Stan Clayes is often remembered for his remarkably active lifestyle, doubling as a ski instructor during the winter break.

Before beginning his university training, Professor Clayes served for several years in the army and saw combat duty in Europe during World War II. Though born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Professor Clayes completed all his university education in Pennsylvania: B.A. (1947) Ursinis College, M.A. (1950) University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. (1957) University of Pennsylvania. Professor Clayes came to Loyola University Chicago in 1962 and taught American literature and 20th century British literature for over 15 years.

Committed primarily to what Ernest Boyer would call the "scholarship of application" and to teaching, Stan Clayes was very successful in the publication of literature anthologies. Three major collections that he edited were widely used in the United States for many years: Contemporary Drama: 13 Plays (Scribner, 1970), Ways to Poetry (Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, 1975) and Contexts for Composition (Prentice Hall, 1976). The last of these was a very effective collection of writings for use in freshman composition courses.

Stan Clayes died suddenly in a tragic automobile accident in Rome, Italy.


In Professor Clayes' memory, the English department established an essay prize, awarded annually to the graduate student who submits the best essay written for a graduate course in English during the preceding academic year. A cash award is presented in the Fall, and the winning student is invited to read his or her essay at a reception in his or her honor.