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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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CW Was a Socialist? Summary of “Judgement at Chelmsford”

Judgement at Chelmsford is a pageant play, written for a church setting. The Diocese of Chelmsford was about to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 1939, and the theatre director Phyllis Potter, with whom Williams had worked before, commissioned him to … Continue reading

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“It’s Heaven to Be with Her”: Summary of “He Came Down From Heaven”

Don’t forget to read the story I posted yesterday, about what would happen to the Inklings if the Germans won WWII! “It’s Heaven to Be with Her”: Summary of “He Came Down From Heaven” He Came Down From Heaven is … Continue reading

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A Stupid Renaissance Woman: “Elizabeth I”

A Stupid Renaissance Woman: Elizabeth I Today I have another of CW’s biographies for your consideration, and, like the short plays I’ve been summarizing recently, this is the best of the bunch. If you read just one of the several … Continue reading

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What’s the Next Test? “Grab and Grace”

We are back to book summaries today; it’s another of CW’s plays. But first, please go vote for your favorite Charles Williams work in this week’s poll! Grab and Grace or It’s the Second Step This is another straight-forward play … Continue reading

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Love is Death? Guest post on “Scene from a Mystery”

Today’s book summary is a 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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Unusually Intelligible: “The House by the Stable”

Now, this is a sweet, simple, profound, and moving play. It is very, very good. I know I have high praise for the latent or potential value of such early works as The Chapel of the Thorn or The Silver … Continue reading

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