We had a good day conference yesterday here in London. Josh Bradbury gave a paper on the Grail – part of his recently completed PhD thesis on Williams’s Arthurian poetry: Voyages Through Strange Seas of Thought: A Study of Mythic and Sacramental Vision in Charles Williams’s Taliessin Through Logres and The Region of the Summer [...]
Monthly Archives: October 2010
The following is an article by Stephen Barber. Among many other things Charles Williams was a jobbing writer. In that capacity he wrote a good deal of literary criticism. There are five complete books, or rather four and a half, the last being unfinished: Poetry at Present, 1930 The English Poetic Mind, 1932 Reason and [...]
The following is an article by Stephen Barber. Bishop Kallistos Ware once memorably described Williams’s account of heaven as the place of exchange. He summed it up by drawing on a phrase Williams quotes in ‘Bors to Elayne: on the King’s Coins’: This is the way of this world in the day of that other’s; [...]
Welcome to the newly reorganized Charles Williams Society site!
Williams’ novels are currently published in the United States or Canada (and should be available in other countries as well).
Williams’ poetry is moving and complex. Divorce 1930 Poems of Conformity 1931 Windows of Night 1937 Taliessin Through Logres 1945 Collected Plays 1945 Williams’ plays can be enjoyed at more than one level. Though what they have in common is the author’s gift for poetic expression, they also demonstrate his range. Complex theology, knockabout farce, [...]
Williams’ lay theology is mysterious and dense. You might like it! Outlines of Romantic Theology 1930 in which he sets out his ideas about the relationship of religion and romantic love. Witchcraft 1931 less a study of witchcraft itself as of the Church’s attitude towards it over the centuries. The Descent of the Dove 1931 [...]
Williams wrote many essays, reviews, and exploratory pieces. These few can be found in print. The Image of the City (and Other Essays) 1945 When Charles Williams died in 1945 there remained to us of his work, besides his published books and those which he had in preparation for the press, a number of essays [...]
Many books on Williams can be found. Here are a few of note. The Taliessin Poems of Charles Williams Ed. Anne Ridler Ever since their publication in 1938, the Taliessin poems of Charles Williams have enspired and thrilled people from all over the English-speaking world. This volume collects commentary on the poems published in the [...]