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The Strange Secret Life of Charles Williams: Littérateur and Magician of Inter-War London

Editor by day, by night he wrote fiction and practiced ceremonial magic.

Williams was a close friend of Tolkien and was one of the “Inklings”. His best known novels are War in Heaven (1930), Descent into Hell (1937) and All Hallows’ Eve (1945). T.S. Eliot called his works “supernatural thrillers” because they explore the sacramental intersection of the physical with the spiritual whilst also examining the ways in which power, even spiritual power, can corrupt as well as sanctify. Editor by day, by night he wrote fiction and practiced ceremonial magic, belonging to an offshoot of the famed Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Tonight’s speaker is the editor of the Charles Williams Society, and has written several articles on the subject.


Edward Gauntlett | talks


Date and Time:

15 May 2007 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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