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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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Apocryphile Press
ISBN 1933993286 ISBN13 9781933993287
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More About Charles Williams & Anne Ridler
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:
I. LITERARY SUBJECTS
Victorian Narrative Verse Lord Macaulay Landor 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
II. THE INCARNATION
Sensuality and Substance Natural Goodness The Index of the Body St. John Augustine and Athanasius
III. THE CITY
The Image of the City in English Verse The Redeemed City Anthropotokos The Free Act Church and State Antichrist and the City's Laws The Liturgy Vergil A Dialogue on Hierarchy
IV. PARDON AND JUSTICE
The Cross The doctrine of Largesse John Calvin The Image of Man
V. EXCHANGE AND THE AFFIRMATIVE WAY
The Way of Exchange The Way of Affirmation One Way of Love The Jews The Society of Jesus The Parable of the Wedding Garment
VI. ON THE ARTHURIAN MYTH
Introductory Note Notes on the Arthurian Myth The Making of Taliessin The Chances of Myth Malory and the Grail Legend