By Gavin Ashenden

ISBN-10: 0873387813

ISBN-13: 9780873387811

An exam of the tumultuous internal lifetime of this poet and writerHe used to be a detailed pal of T. S. Eliot, deeply famous through C. S. Lewis, inspirational for W. H. Auden in his trip to religion, and a literary sparring companion for J. R. R. Tolkien. but part a century after his loss of life, a lot of Charles Williams’s lifestyles and paintings is still an enigma. The questions that arose from his immersion in Rosicrucian and airtight tradition and ideology—central to knowing Williams’s proposal and paintings stay provocatively unexplored.For a decade of his early maturity, Williams was once a member of the Fellowship of the Rosy move, a kind of neo-Rosicrucianism. there's frequent confusion approximately its nature, that is to be anticipated provided that this was once a semisecret society. although Williams left his formal organization with it at the back of, it enriched and knowledgeable his creative global with a airtight delusion that expressed itself in an underlying ideology and metaphysics.In Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration, Gavin Ashenden explores either the historical past in the back of the myths and metaphysics Williams used to be to make his personal and the airtight tradition that stimulated him. He examines and translates its expressions in Williams’s novels, poetry, and the advance of his principles and relates those components to Williams’s unpublished letters to his platonic lover, Celia, written towards the top of his existence. in view that one of many most effective principles in Williams’s paintings is the interdependence or co-inherence of either our humanity and the construction, knowing the level to which he lived and completed this in his personal existence is critical. Williams’s inner most correspondence with Celia is of specific curiosity either for its personal sake, because it used to be formerly unknown, and for the perception it bargains into his character and muse.

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