r37 – Charles Williams
September 28, 2012
This Inklings member had a very profound impact on C.S. Lewis, even though he died less than ten years after they became friends.
As noted in a previous post (See #24) Lewis often met with a group of friends where they frequently discussed their writings. After reading Charles Williams’ The Place of the Lion Lewis developed a friendship with him. Williams was working at the Oxford University Press at the time.
While with the Inklings Williams heard Tolkien read early drafts of The Lord of the Rings and himself read at least parts of his final novel All Hallows’ Eve. His impact on Lewis was obvious to the point that with the release of That Hideous Strength many noted how it was influenced by Williams’ style of writing.
Have you read any works by Charles Williams? Let me know, or leave other questions or comments below.
- What About Charles Williams? (Article from Touchstone Magazine)
- Malcolm Guite’s Podcast: Charles Williams on the Pattern and Glory of Love
- Purchase That Hideous Strength
- Purchase The Lord of the Rings