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The Image of the City (and Other Essays) [Paperback]

By Charles Williams & Anne Ridler (Introduction by)
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When Charles Williams died in 1945 there remained to us of his work, besides his published books and those which he had in preparation for the press, a number of essays which had appeared in periodicals and elsewhere, many of which contain important statements of his ideas. A selection of these is printed here. -from the Introduction Charles Williams was one of the finest-not to mention one of the most unusual-theologians of the twentieth century. His mysticism is palpable-the unseen world interpenetrates ours at every point, and spiritual exchange occurs all the time, unseen and largely unlooked for. His novels are legend, and as a member of the Inklings, he contributed to the mythopoetic revival in contemporary culture.

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Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Apocryphile Press
ISBN  1933993286  
ISBN13  9781933993287  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CHARLES WILLIAMS (Lord Williams of Elvel) is Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the British House of Lords. Before embarking on his political career, he spent four years in Paris from 1966 to 1970, the last period of de Gaulle's government.

Charles Williams was born in 1886 and died in 1945.

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This Also is Thou  Apr 30, 2007
Eerdmans, Regent, and now Apocryphile Press have taken up the mantle of bringing Charles Williams into print, and I number myself among the small but avid coterie of grateful readers. Should Williams be remembered for something, it would be his novels. But his essays, although virtually unknown, are a close second. This paperback reprints an Oxford hardback from 1958 which for some reason has become nearly impossible to find. The inner note says it's not for sale in the UK, so the Oxford or some other version may still exist there. For Inklings fans elsewhere, however, this republication is a cause for rejoicing.

I originally met Charles Williams through some writings of Dorothy L. Sayers, but through this book (in the original Oxford edition), I met St.s Augustine and Athanasius, Lady Julian of Norwich, Gerard Manley Hopkins and D.H. Lawrence, all through Williams' eyes. He is like a lively host at a cocktail party who is the only thing everyone has in common, and runs around making introductions. Lady Julian and Lawrence, incidentally, are in the same piece, at the same party, as it were, "Sensuality and Substance", in which Williams as host is at his best. But that could also be said for "Blake and Wordsworth", "The Jews", and "Rejoice in the Lamb," to name a few personal favorites.

If that were not enough, included in the 270 pages is a sixty page introduction by poet Anne Ridler, who compiled the Oxford edition. She also compiled a 1961 Oxford paperback called Charles Williams: Selected Writings, which includes about ten of the same essays along with Williams' play, "Seed of Adam", and a number of selections from Williams' two cycles of Arthurian poetry, Taliessin Through Logres, and The Region of the Summer Stars. Regent has recently reprinted the Collected Plays, and one hopes someone will soon bring back the Arthurian cycles, last published in the out of print Eerdmans combined edtion.

The contents of Image of the City (and Other Essays) are as follows:



Victorian Narrative Verse
Lord Macaulay
The New Milton
John Milton
Two Brief Essays on Shakespearian Topics
Alexander Pope
Rejoice in the Lamb
Gerard Hopkins
Sound and Variations
Religious Drama
Blake and Wordsworth


Sensuality and Substance
Natural Goodness
The Index of the Body
St. John
Augustine and Athanasius


The Image of the City in English Verse
The Redeemed City
The Free Act
Church and State
Antichrist and the City's Laws
The Liturgy
A Dialogue on Hierarchy


The Cross
The doctrine of Largesse
John Calvin
The Image of Man


The Way of Exchange
The Way of Affirmation
One Way of Love
The Jews
The Society of Jesus
The Parable of the Wedding Garment


Introductory Note
Notes on the Arthurian Myth
The Making of Taliessin
The Chances of Myth
Malory and the Grail Legend



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