Category Archives: Book Summaries

Christian Symbolism

Here’s an odd little item for your contemplation: Christian Symbolism, supposedly written by “Michal” Williams. ‘Michal’ is the somewhat unflattering nickname CW gave to his wife Florence, but which stuck so hard she even chose it as her nom de … Continue reading

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Poems of Home and Overseas

Here again is another work that Williams edited in his job at Oxford University Press. You might be able to access a scan of it at HathiTrust if you have an academic login. As you can see from the title … Continue reading

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The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse

Happy Wednesday! Here’s your dose of CW for this week. Instead of a work that he wrote, today I’m talking about a book that he edited. His connection with its compilers contributed one of the more important aspects of his … Continue reading

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Theatre Games: Summary of Early Unfinished Plays

Welcome back! Don’t forget about the CFP for Gardeners of the Galaxies: How Imaginary Worlds Teach us to Care for This One. Do you have a friend, colleague, or student who might be interested? Please forward it to them! Last … Continue reading

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Prince Rudolph of Silvania, c.1902

Here we are again! After a little hiatus of, oh, five years or so to pause and get a PhD, I am back to posting summaries of each of CW’s books. I hope to write about one book per week, … Continue reading

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“The Marriage-Craft”: Novel Occult Sexuality

CW Was Such a Character Each investigation into Charles Williams’s life and work reveals new depths of his occult involvement and new peculiarities of his theological system. I have found this to be true whether I am reading his own … Continue reading

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New CW Book: “The Celian Moment”

Here is a guest post by Stephen Barber, publisher and editor of Charles Williams: The Celian Moment and other Essays. This week sees the publication of a new collection of literary essays by Charles Williams, the first for over fifty years. … Continue reading

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An Introduction to “Taliessin through Logres”

An Introduction to Taliessin through Logres This post is meant especially for those of you who have never read Charles Williams’s Taliessin through Logres, who have tried to read it but given up, or who have read it but felt … Continue reading

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Guest Post on “Stories of Great Names”

Today’s book summary is another guest post kindly written by the great CW scholar Richard Sturch. Richard was born in 1936 and holds a BA (Oxon) 1958, MA 1961, and D Phil 1970. He was ordained in the Church of … Continue reading

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Who is this King? CW as Contemporary Commentator in “Henry VII”

Book Summary: Henry VII London: Arthur Barker, 1937 In the preface, CW says that the goal of biography is to distinguish between the subject’s “nature and his fortune.” I find that a difficult phrase to parse. I think in 21st-century … Continue reading

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