The Celian Moment by Charles Williams edited by Stephen Barber

The first collection of Williams’s literary essays for over fifty yearsTCM front cover

Charles Williams was the ‘third Inkling’, friend of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. His work was also admired by T. S. Eliot, Dorothy L. Sayers and W. H Auden among others. These essays have been gathered from books, pamphlets and periodicals all long out of print and none of them has previously been collected. They cover nearly all his literary interests and the final one shows his sympathy for left-wing political ideas arising from his own poverty-ridden childhood. The title essay develops Williams’s theory of poetry but is also a covert homage to the woman who was his second and unacknowledged love.

‘As interest in Charles Williams as critic and poet continues to grow, the publication of these essays is a landmark.  They will contribute very significantly to the current positive reassessment of so much of his writing on literary questions, and should be enthusiastically welcomed.’ Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and President of the Charles Williams Society.

ISBN: 9781911122111; ebook: 9781911122128. Buy on Hive.