[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…
“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.