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Charles Williams and his Contemporaries

Editor(s): Suzanne Bray and Richard Sturch
Contributors: Gavin Ashenden, Richard Jeffery, Flora Lienard, Paul S. Blair, Grevel Lindop, Robert Louis Abrahamson,

Book Description

Charles Williams (1886-1945), poet, novelist, critic, biographer, lay theologian, and 'Inkling'; exercised a great influence, both as a personality and through his writings, on English letters in his own day; and now, after a period of relative neglect, interest in him has grown once more. This international symposium, a product of this revival, is presented as a contribution to the serious study of Williams and his work. Its contents reflect not only the extraordinarily wide range of his writing, but also the many contacts he made both personally and through his work at the Oxford University Press.
Contributors look at his literary background and context, describe the part he played in introducing Kierkegaard to the English-speaking public, discuss his theology of love, and compare his work with that of friends, disciples and associates. Two papers concentrate specifically on one of his remarkable novels, The Place of the Lion. Between them, they give a glimpse, or a series of glimpses, of an unusual man and a fascinating writer whose influence and importance are being recognized more and more.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0565-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0565-3
Date of Publication: 01/06/2009
Pages / Size: 160 / A5
Price: £34.99


Suzanne Bray is Professor of English Studies at Lille Catholic University. She specializes in literature and theology in twentieth-century Britain and has published extensively on C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Her most recent publication is a collection of the (previously unpublished) talks delivered by Dorothy L. Sayers on the BBC during the Second World War, The Christ of the Creeds. She is a lay Reader in the Church of England.

Richard Sturch is a priest in the Church of England and a former senior lecturer in theology at the University of Nigeria, the Open University and the London School of Theology. He is also the secretary of the Charles Williams Society. He publishes regularly on the philosophy of religion and on Charles Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien. His latest book, From World to God?: Or, New Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, was published by Wipf and Stock in 2007.