The Age of Exchange

(I apologize that this #CharlesWilliamsWednesday post is late; I couldn’t get a reliable internet connection earlier!)

More CW-related news!

1. The CW biography heralds a new age of CW-studies and popularity.

Grevel Lindop (@GrevelLindop), CW’s biographer (@CWBiography), recently wrote to me:

I have an odd feeling that with the biography nearly ready, your edition of this play, and David Dodds with a lot of important material all ready to publish if someone will take it on, we are about to enter a completely new era of Williams criticism and appreciation. I often recall that in 1923, when he was lamenting his lack of success, Milford – Williams said – ‘offered me a reputation in the 21st century’. Is it possible that there was something prophetic about that? It would be good to think so!

2. Ron Reed of Pacific Theatre (@RonReedPT) is writing a play about C. S. Lewis’s friendships! We had a glorious conversation at the Taylor Colloquium back in 2012; we talked a lot about what’s weird and crazy and bizarre in Williams’s writing. Later, he asked me, “What do you think Williams got right?” I could only think of two-and-a-half things off the top of my head, but later I thought of several. I’ll put these up as their own post some time. Ron’s idea is to explore how CSL formed intense, passionate friendship, but let these cool and fade as time went by: with Arthur Greeves, Owen Barfield, J. R. R. Tolkien, and finally CW. 

3. John Fitzgerald (@Jpfitz84) of The Many Coloured Land is hosting “A Day of Imaginative Writing with The Inklings.Check it out!

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About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a writer, English teacher, and Inklings scholar. Sørina serves as Chair of the Department of Language and Literature at Signum University and teaches English at King's College and Lehigh Carbon Community College. She has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" and "Caduceus."
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2 Responses to The Age of Exchange

  1. I remember that conversation with Ron. Well done. I will steal your ideas in this new era.

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  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    I suppose it depends on how you define ‘intense’, but I don’t have the impression Lewis’s friendships with Greeves or Barfield ‘cooled and faded’, while Williams, of course, died suddenly – which leaves us with Tolkien, where there seems to have been at lot less active contact, but no lack of warmth, if, for example, proposing someone for the Nobel prize is anything to go by…

    I have been wondering about C.W. in this respect, rereading Mrs. Hadfield’s Introduction, and my notes from C.W.’s letters to Pellow, and Dr. Pellow’s selection of his father’s diary entries: perhaps Grevel Lindop’s biography with clarify a lot of this – who did C.W. keep up with, and vice versa, and why or why not – though much of it may also simply remain unclear!

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