Follow Grevel Lindop: The Biography is Near!

Extremely exciting news in the Charles Williams world: the publication of Grevel Lindop’s official biography is just about 4 months away, and Grevel is tweeting CW facts in preparation! Go follow @GrevelLindop right now!Untitled

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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185 Responses to Follow Grevel Lindop: The Biography is Near!

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #92: Charles Williams hoped to write a novel called White Martyrdom dealing with all the themes he wanted to treat in fiction but hadn’t.


  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #93: Anne Ridler undertook mystical ‘substitution’ to carry Charles Williams’s pain over his love for Phyllis when she married & went to Java.


  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Grevel comments:

    So they’re already selling Charles Williams in Blackwells. Now on, it’s ‘Things You Probably Already Know abt CW’…


  4. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #94: Anne Ridler often read drafts of CharlesWilliams’s Arthurian poems, helped to polish them and modernise his style.

    [If this is actually #95 which one have we missed copying here?]


  5. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #95 [or 96?]: Charles Williams reviewed his own book Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind anonymously in the Week-End Review, 1933


  6. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #96 [or 97?]: Charles Williams’s poem ‘Vision of the Empire’ was inspired by Olive Speake, a typist in the OUP music department.


  7. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Nicknamed “Stella”: the Wade has Williams’s letters (etc.) to Olive Speake now catalogued in three folders, 78-80, listing a range of dates from 3 July 1935 to 12 November 1942. I refer to details in them (in their not-yet-so-thoroughly-catalogued state) in both my Arthurian Poets/Arthurian Studies edition (see p. 160 and note 68) and “Magic in the Myths of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams” in Inklings-Jahrbuch 10 (1992), pages 37-60 (q.v.).

    But I do not recall encountering this striking detail – which is very interesting in giving evidence of the transition from Phyllis Jones being the sole inspiration for both “Percivale’s Song to Blanchfleur” (“to record […] the myth / Of Britain and thy body one therewith”) published in Heroes & Kings [1930/31] and the unpublished (till 1991) ‘Taliessin’s letter to a Princess of Byzantium” (“Canst thou not tell / whose body is made one with Arthur’s hall, / and in thy frame the frame of things secure?”) to the involvement of other ‘young ladies’, when “the Empire” image succeeds – or is at least super-added to – those of “Britain” and “Arthur’s hall”. “Taliessin’s Vision of the Empire” (with text as well as title varying from the book-form) was first published in Christendom 8 (March 1938).


  8. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #97 [ or 98?]: In 1927 Charles Williams wrote an article for music journal The Dominant about being tone-deaf & unable to appreciate music.


  9. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #99 [so which one got missed out?!]: Charles Williams to AMHadfield: I…leave my reputation in yr care – prevent me being called sentimentalist, philanderer & 1000 other things


  10. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    #100: For 20 years Charles Williams spent alternate Sunday evenings with Stella Matutina (Golden Dawn) members at vicarage of Rev AHE(‘Henry’) Lee


  11. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    After six consecutive English Breakfasts I briefly got a strange impression when I encountered the title A Myth of Bacon in Grevels’s biography… and now I see he has a not-unrelated Hallowe’en tweet (q.v.)


  12. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Philip Henscher, among “regular reviewers choosing their favourite books” in the Spectator’s 21 November article, “A further selection of books of the year”: “Grevel Lindop’s life of the mystical writer — a bad, bad writer, but such an interesting one — Charles Williams: The Third Inkling (OUP, £25) was exemplary, and very thought-provoking about literary fashion. (I don’t know if it realised how funny it was, though.)”

    Followed up by a tweet, “You did a great job – and I was fascinated by the novels when I read them.”


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