Charles Williams – September 20, 1886 – May 15, 1945

“Charles Williams, who died in the summer if 1945 at the age of fifty-nine, was a man of unusual genius in several kinds of writing.  His work included poetry, drama, literary criticism, and several important volumes in the field of theology.  In addition he wrote a series of seven remarkable novels.”

“There is nothing in fiction quite like these novels.  They may be described as supernatural thrillers, ‘popular’ novels in the best sense, by a man who had something important and quite individual to say.  Their plots are adventurous and breathless, their scenes sometimes entrancing and sometimes entrancing and sometimes horrifying.  There are pages which describe, with a frightful clarity, the deterioration and damnation of a human soul, and pages which describe the triumphant struggle towards salvation.”

“Williams believed intensely in the impingement of the supernatural world, and he excelled in descriptions of experiences such as many people have had only once or twice in their lives.” From the back cover of The Greater Trump

Charles Williams was a member of the Inklings with J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Hugo Dyson, Robert Havard and Nevill Coghill.

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