The Oddest Inkling is a blog about Charles Williams. Click HERE to read it. Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945) was a poet, novelist, literary critic, editor, English professor, biographer, Anglican Christian, and occult master. He was a member of the Inklings with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien for the last six years of his life. He was charismatic, saintly, radiant, riveting, loquacious, and inspiring. According to Lewis, everyone who met him fell in love with him—including many young women who became his disciples and on whom he practiced semi-sexual, semi-magical rituals of transference to heighten his creative powers. Yet he also motivated many people to practice their Christianity more seriously and founded the Companions of the Co-inherence in order to carry one another’s burdens. His seven metaphysical thriller novels and his virtuosic Arthurian poetry place him among the greatest literary masterpieces of the early 20th century. Sørina Higgins explores CW’s life, works, and ideas on this blog, generally posting at least once a week on “Charles Williams Wednesdays”! Posts cover CW’s biography, themes, summaries of his books in chronological order, secondary sources, those who influenced him, Arthuriana, Rosicruciana, academic information (paper abstracts, selections, and links), news (calls for Papers, new links, media, etc.), and guest posts about Lewis, Tolkien, and other related topics.
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- Theme 1. Co-Inherence
- Theme 2. Romantic theology
- Theme 3. The Two Ways
- Theme 4. Ritual Objects
- Theme 5. The Crisis of Schism
- Theme 6. Mystical Tranquility
- Theme 7. The City
- Theme 8. Arthuriana and the Holy Grail