Vote for your favorite CW book!

Here is a poll to determine which of CW’s many works in a variety of genres is currently his most popular. It follows the order I discussed in my “Reader’s Guide for Beginners.” If you have only read one of his works and liked it, feel free to vote for that one. Please vote and then share this poll with everyone you know who may have read something by CW! It’s only open for a week, so please vote soon. Thank you.

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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19 Responses to Vote for your favorite CW book!

  1. I was tempted to say, “Chapel of the Thorn.” But, truly, it was Descent Into Hell.

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  2. Charles Huttar says:

    Sorry, Sorina. I’m just not one who thinks in terms of favorites. As to CW’s works, I don’t think I ever met one I didn’t like.


    On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM, The Oddest Inkling wrote:

    > Sørina Higgins posted: “Here is a poll to determine which of CW’s many > works in a variety of genres is currently his most popular. It follows the > order I discussed in my “Reader’s Guide for Beginners.” If you have only > read one of his works and liked it, feel free to vote for th” >


  3. Dr. Nancy Topolewski says:

    A difficult choice to make! If I really had to choose, based on the number of times I’ve read the book, “The Descent of the Dove” comes in first. It was the first CW book I ever read, and it started me on the road to reading everything he wrote, ultimately doing my Ph.D. work on his theology of the doctrine of the atonement. “War in Heaven” comes in a close second, as the first of the novels I read. BTW, the spelling of the title of the third book from the bottom is “To Michal from Serge.” The letters were to Florence “Michal” Williams, not to their son Michael. Confusing, like so much of CW’s family life.


    • Where did you do your PhD? I’d love to hear more about it!

      Thanks for catching the typo. Sadly, I don’t think this poll will allow editing now that it’s live. Shame.


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      Maybe something those responding could comment on: any correlation between ‘first’ and ‘favo(u)rite’?

      Perhaps not unlike Charles Huttar, I do not know if I can/could easily choose a ‘fave’, but War in Heaven was my first full C.W. book, and I’m glad it was, and I do love it – and simply enjoy it – probably more ‘immediately’ than various other works (and recommend it as one to try first). My first C.W. experience was of all the quotations and references in Dorothy L.Sayers’ Inferno translation – and I do love and admire The Figure of Beatrice – though when I next encountered C.W., as Arthurian poet, I did not immediately remember that I knew him from DLS-Dante. And, again, I do come back to the late poetry – though not simply enjoying all of it equally. Was Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury my first C.W. play? I’m not sure, off the top of my head, but it is something I come back to frequently, one way and another, and probably enjoy more ‘immediately’ than any of the others.


      • segphault says:

        The Greater Trumps was my first CW novel, so it does carry a special place in my heart. But I have to say that The Place of the Lion is unquestionably my favorite. No correlation here. 🙂


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      Shifting evaluations or savors is another interesting topic. For instance, John Wain told me (I think perhaps in the early 1990s) that when he had recently tried rereading the late poetry, he found it dead on the page ( a sad change!). For a different example, in the last couple years, I have come both to admire and enjoy The Place of the Lion than I ever had before.


  4. unknowing says:

    I am surprised All Hallow’s Eve is so far down.


  5. Suzannah says:

    All Hallows’ Eve! Though I really should put in a word for Witchcraft, The Book That Actually Made Me Feel Good About Salem.

    Who’d have thought it?


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  8. Steve says:

    My favourite was The place of the lion, followed closely by War in heaven and The Greater Trumps. I find it very difficult to choose between those three.


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      I find myself coming closer to a ‘trilemma’ about these in the last couple years (with, maybe, the addition of treating War in Heaven and Many Dimensions as a ‘dilogy’).


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