Archives For Inkling

 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002PODHYA” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/419ugvFXsfL._SL160_.jpg” width=”103″ alt=”Charles Williams” ]Today is the birthday of the Inkling Charles Williams…

 
T.S. Eliot called Williams’s novels “supernatural thrillers.”

 
For some background on Williams, read Caleb Crain’s wonderful essay in The New Yorker earlier this year

Writes Crain:

“The jacket copy [of WAR IN HEAVEN], credited Williams with having written The Descent of the Dove: A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church, which—I learned when I got home to the Internet—Auden claimed to have re-read once a year. A resort to our bookshelves turned up more data. In the critical study ‘Later Auden,’ Edward Mendelson relays Auden’s report that he felt sanctified in Williams’s presence: ‘I felt transformed into a person who was incapable of doing or thinking anything base or unloving.’

 
Fortunately for readers, all of Charles Williams’s novels except one (The Greater Trumps) are available at bargain prices for Kindle!!!


 


 

(In the order they were written. Descriptions via Wikipedia)

  • $1.99 – [easyazon-link asin=”B008321GIM” locale=”us”]War in Heaven[/easyazon-link], 1930 —
    The Holy Grail surfaces in an obscure country parish and becomes variously a sacramental object to protect or a vessel of power to exploit.
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The City of Man
Charles Williams

 
 

Charles Williams was, along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien,
one of the Inklings. He was born on this day in 1886.

 


All but one of Williams’s novels
are available on Kindle for $1.99 or less!!!


 
Charles WilliamsHow shall we build the city of men,
Love and our mays and we,
Who are not sons of the bondwomen
But children of the free ?
 
It shall be free as our mothers are,
Who seem as Sinai,
Moving their heads in that covenant
So anciently and high.
 
Though they be broken of men to-day,
Bruised with toil and pain,
Liberty that is the soul of them
Shall surely stand again.
 
They by whom we were brought to be,
Born to the ways of men.
Walk in our midst, of that free city
Each a free citizen.
 
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