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Charles Williams (1886-1945) joined, in 1908, the staff of the Oxford University Press, the publishing house in which he worked for the rest of his life. Throughout these years, poetry, novels, plays, biographies, history, literary criticism, and theology poured from his pen. At the beginning of näytä lisää the Second World War the publishing house was evacuated to Oxford where, in addition to his own writing and his editorial work for the Press, he taught in the University. näytä vähemmän

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Descent into Hell: A Novel (1937) 837 kappaletta
War in Heaven (1930) 776 kappaletta
The Place of the Lion (1931) 644 kappaletta
The Greater Trumps (1932) 536 kappaletta
Many Dimensions (1930) 522 kappaletta
Shadows of Ecstasy (1933) 351 kappaletta
Witchcraft (1941) 109 kappaletta
A Charles Williams Reader (2000) 96 kappaletta
Outlines of Romantic Theology (1990) 67 kappaletta
He Came Down from Heaven (1984) 59 kappaletta
The Forgiveness of Sins (1942) 57 kappaletta
Arthurian Torso (1948) 30 kappaletta
Taliessin Through Logres (1948) 26 kappaletta
Collected Plays (1963) 25 kappaletta
The Masques of Amen House (2000) 17 kappaletta
The Region of the Summer Stars (1950) 17 kappaletta
The Novels of Charles Williams (1965) 16 kappaletta
The English Poetic Mind (2008) 15 kappaletta
The New Christian Year (1941) 10 kappaletta
Victorian Narrative Verse (1930) 9 kappaletta
Poetry At Present (2008) 8 kappaletta
Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury (1936) 8 kappaletta
James I (1969) 7 kappaletta
Poems of Conformity (2007) 7 kappaletta
Windows of Night (2007) 7 kappaletta
Divorce (2007) 7 kappaletta
Seed of Adam and other plays (1948) 7 kappaletta
Henry VII (2007) 6 kappaletta
The new book of English verse (1935) 5 kappaletta
The Silver Stair (2006) 4 kappaletta
Bacon (1973) 4 kappaletta
Queen Elizabeth I (1953) 4 kappaletta
A myth of Shakespeare (2010) 4 kappaletta
Five Novels - 5 Books (1965) 3 kappaletta
Judgement at Chelmsford (1939) 3 kappaletta
Three Plays (1931) 3 kappaletta
Et in Sempiternum Pereant (1935) 3 kappaletta
The Charles Williams Collection (2016) 3 kappaletta
Stories of Great Names (2010) 2 kappaletta
The Seed of Adam (1948) 2 kappaletta
Flecker of Dean Close 2 kappaletta
Rochester (1973) 2 kappaletta
The Rite of the Passion (2018) 2 kappaletta
Heroes and Kings (2012) 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Avustaja — 544 kappaletta
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Avustaja — 500 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950) — Avustaja, eräät painokset264 kappaletta
Religious Drama 3: An Anthology of Modern Morality Plays (1959) — Avustaja — 56 kappaletta
Four Modern Verse Plays (1957) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Modern Arthurian Literature (1992) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
The Zaffre Book of Occult Fiction (2023) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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Not really my cup of tea - rather esoteric and convolutedly written.
 
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kitsune_reader | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
I am a huge fan of Charles Williams. “All Hallow’s Eve” is a flawed but brilliant masterpiece. For me this was not as strong as the magnificent “All Hallow’s Eve.” But with “Descent Into Hell,” too many sentences read as solipsistic labyrinths of incoherence. The gestalt that pulled “All Hallow’s Eve” together couldn’t overcome the muddle of “Descent Into Hell.” It seemed like the idea for “Descent Into Hell” was never fully formed and that came across in the execution. I feel like it needed a vicious and ruthless editor.

That being said, it IS Charles Williams and, while the wording is cumbersome instead of dazzling, there are flashes of brilliance—such as his characterization of Gomorrah.

It took me two reads to fully grok All Hallow’s Eve; I may need another read-through for this one as well … I’m just not sure it’s worth it.
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whbiii | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 29, 2023 |
Some people swear by Charles Williams but for me the style was too arch, too intellectually self-conscious, too dated. I had to flee from an ensuing bout of claustrophobia.
 
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Cr00 | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 1, 2023 |
This is a most curious book. The miraculous Stone of Suleiman becomes the focus of desire for the varied cast of characters, most of whom seek to exploit it for wealth or power, some more selflessly than others.

I was struck by the echoes of the novels of G. K. Chesterton: the ancient Persian and his Muslim piety (expressed, though, in Williams's own spiritual language) is more than faintly reminiscent of the old-fashioned Muslims-through-Western-eyes of GKC's Flying Inn, and the small-town mayor who finds himself speaking to the government on behalf of the Common Man also seems a Chestertonian figure. Less surprising were the resonances with C. S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength, on which Williams's influence has long been acknowledged: the Arglay/Tumulty struggle is not a million miles from Ransom/Devine. Arglay's bizarrely intimate asexual relationship with his secretary recalls Williams's own romantic but chaste dealings with a succession of young female assistants. His hieratic aloofness (like Lewis's Ransom, trespassing across the line between paternal and patronizing) is perhaps also the author's, though his thoughts on law and language may rather reflect those of his friend Owen Barfield.

There are some aspects which would interest the thoughtful science fiction fan: some paradoxes of time travel are carefully dissected, and there is a fascinating description of what it might be like for one person to direct the thoughts of another (as distinct from simply taking control of their actions). The nature of faith is also touched upon (at one point Arglay decides to believe in God, as a sort of working hypothesis). The resolution should, perhaps, not be as unexpected as I found it; the spiritual thrust of the book leads inexorably away from the imposition of corrupt will upon the source of power, and towards sacrificial submission to the divine nature. MB 23-x-2007 (review transferred from discarded edition 2022)
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