About Charles Williams: Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945) was a British poet, novelist, literary critic, editor, English professor, biographer, Anglican Christian, and occult master. He was a member of the Inklings with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien for the last six years of his life. He was charismatic, saintly, radiant, riveting, loquacious, and inspiring. According to Lewis, everyone who met him fell in love with him—including many young women who became his disciples and on whom he practiced semi-sexual, semi-magical rituals of transference to heighten his creative powers. Yet he also motivated many people to practice their Christianity more seriously and founded the Companions of the Co-inherence in order to carry one another’s burdens. His seven metaphysical thriller novels and his virtuosic Arthurian poetry place him among the greatest literary masterpieces of the early 20th century. Please take a look at this Readers’ Guide for Beginners.
About The Oddest Inkling: This blog exists to explore CW’s life, works, and ideas. Tune in once a week for “Charles Williams Wednesdays” and more often for random posts in between. Weekly posts will cover the following topics:
1. The Life
2. His Themes
3. The Works (summaries of CW’s books, in chronological order)
4. Bibliography (Secondary Sources)
5. Influencers and Influenced
8. Academic Articles (Paper Abstracts, Selections, and Links)
9. News (Calls for Papers, new links, media, etc.)
10. Guest posts about Lewis, Tolkien, and other related topics.
About the blogger: Sørina Higgins is a writer, editor, English teacher, and Inklings scholar. She holds an M.A. in English from Middlebury College, serves as Chair of the Literature & Language Department at Signum University’s Mythgard Institute, teaches English at Lehigh Carbon Community College and King’s College (New York), writes the blog The Oddest Inkling devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works, hosts the Ekphrasis arts group, and works as Reviews Editor of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal. Her edition of Charles Williams’ play The Chapel of the Thorn was published by Apocryphile Press in November of 2014, and she is currently editing an academic collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur (due out in 2016 from Apocryphile Press). She has published two books of poetry: Caduceus (David Robert Books, 2012) & The Significance of Swans (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Sørina and her husband live in eastern Pennsylvania in a house they built from scratch.
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- Watch Sørina’s Mythgard Academy guest lecture, entitled “The Heraldry of Heaven: The Development of Sehnsucht in the Writings of C.S. Lewis.” View it on YouTube or download it here.
- Learn about the Inklings in Sørina’s Introduction to the Inklings lecture at the Look! Arts group in NYC.
- Celebrate the end of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films by watching Sørina’s lecture at Penn State “J.R.R. Tolkien, Myth-Maker” (which she gave before the first Hobbit movie) and her talk at LCCC “Where is ‘The Hobbit’? Tolkien’s Fantastical Geography” (which she gave before the second Hobbit movie).
- Listen to Sørina’s presentation at the New York C.S. Lewis Society on Arthurian Geographies.