Perhaps the most exquisite of these interpretations is the one contained in this extraordinary novel. In the universe evoked by Charles Williams, sorcery can still kill, and the supernatural must be fought with the supernatural.
Author: Charles William
Charles Williams had a genius for choosing strange and exciting themes for his novels and making them believable and profoundly suggestive of spiritual truths. The Tarot pack, the ancestor of all playing cards, is first mentioned in history in 1393; the origin of the deck is not known. Tradition has it that the gypsies brought the Tarot from Egypt and that the cards were used for fortune telling. This deck was conceived of as having magical properties, and the most powerful of all the cards were the Magic Arcana or Greater Trumps, twenty-two symbolic pictures whose mysteries have been interpreted and reinterpreted not only by occultists, but also by religious thinkers, psychoanalysts and literary anthropologists. Perhaps the most exquisite of these interpretations is the one contained in this extraordinary novel. In the universe evoked by Charles Williams, sorcery can still kill, and the supernatural must be fought with the supernatural. But beneath the brilliant and imaginative surface is concealed a meticulously thought-out Christian message. Charles Williams-novelist, poet, critic, dramatist and biographer-died in his native England in May, 1945. He had a lively and devoted following there and achieved a considerable reputation as a lecturer on the faculty of Oxford University. T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Sayers and C.S. Lewis were among his distinguished friends and literary sponsors.
This book is an omnibus edition containing the seven novels that Charles Williams wrote as well as a short story that he wrote for the London Mercury: War in Heaven (1930) - The Holy Grail is discovered in a small country parish and becomes ...
Author: Charles Williams
This book is an omnibus edition containing the seven novels that Charles Williams wrote as well as a short story that he wrote for the London Mercury: War in Heaven (1930) - The Holy Grail is discovered in a small country parish and becomes both a sacramental object to protect or a cup of power to exploit. Many Dimensions (1931) - The Stone of Suleiman is illegally acquired from its Islamic guardian in Baghdad and taken to England, it is discovered the stone allows its possessor to transcend the barriers of space and time. The Place of the Lion (1931) - Platonic archetypes begin to appear in an English market town, wreaking havoc and unveiling the spiritual strengths and flaws of the townspeople. Shadows of Ecstasy (1931) - A man discovers that by focusing his energies inward he can extend his life almost indefinitely. He undertakes an experiment using to die and resurrect his own body in order to attain immortality. The Greater Trumps (1932) - The original Tarot is used to unlock immense power, allowing those who possess it to see across space and time, create matter, and create powerful natural storms. Descent into Hell (1937) - An academic fetishizes a woman to the extent that his perversion takes the form of a female demon. The cycle of sin brings about the necessity for redemptive acts. All Hallows' Eve (1945) - Explores the meaning of suffering and empathy by removing the barrier between the living and the dead through both black magic and divine love. Et in Sempiternum Pereant (1935) - In this short story a retired Lord Chief Justice is on a walk in the countryside when he enters a burning house and encounters a troubled spirit on its way to Hell. This is the only tale of this kind that Williams wrote - sketchy in detail but terrifying through implication. Williams was admired by his contemporaries including T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden, his especially by C. S. Lewis, whose novel That Hideous Strength is considered to be entirely inspired by Williams's work. When he moved to Oxford he participated regularly in Lewis's literary society known as the Inklings. This enabled Williams to read and improve his final published novel, All Hallows' Eve, as well as to hear J. R. R. Tolkien read some of his early drafts of The Lord of the Rings aloud to the group.
Trumps : " I am not familiar with the exact constitution of the Tarot pack of cards ,
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Author: Christopher Edward FullmanPublish On: 1954
The chief strength , it seems to me , of The Greater Trumps is the bold design of
the author in attempting to weave together the symbols of the Greater Trumps of
the Tarot cards and the activities of the principal figures of the novel . Williams
... his next novel , The Greater Trumps , he works out some of the structural
matters which are still only difficulties in Many Dimensions . CHAPTER IV THE GREATER TRUMPS In The Greater Trumps , 96 THE GREATER TRUMPS.
Author: Harris-Fain Darren Gale CengagePublish On: 2002
Author: Harris-Fain Darren Gale Cengage
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Essays on British writers of fantasy and science fiction, including dark fantasy and supernatural horror. Includes lesser-known authors who made their own small but significant contributions to this field. Discusses the impact of pulp magazines and other new magazines that focused on subgenres such as romance fiction, adventure fiction, Western fiction, and eventually fantasy and science fiction, and utopian literature, a predecessor and close cousin of science fiction.
Nancy rouses Henry to try , leading him instead of being led , and together , using the Greater Trumps , they still the storm . Nancy is thereby brought to new life . “
There had come into her life with the mystery of the Tarots a new sense of ...
Author: Alice Mary Hadfield
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press
Category: Authors, English
A biography of the British editor, critic, poet, novelist, dramatist, and theologian describes his influence on Auden, Lewis, Sayers, Eliot, and Tolkien
The fanciful novels of Charles Williams have long fascinated a rather elite reading public—T.
Author: Howard, Thomas
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The fanciful novels of Charles Williams have long fascinated a rather elite reading public—T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden and C. S. Lewis for example, were among his great admirers. But those books—which include The Place of the Lion, Descent into Hell, and All Hallows' Eve—are also dense and perplexing, and even the writer's fondest devotees have found the meanings of his fiction elusive. Here at last is a clear and informed guide to the complexities and rich rewards of Charles Williams's novels. As Thomas Howard notes, Williams's tales might best be described as "metaphysical thrillers," in which Williams used occult "machinery" in much the same way that Conrad used exotic locales and Joyce used the subconscious: to vivify human experience and awaken readers to its range and possibilities. One tale might feature a chase for the Holy Grail across Hertfordshire fields, while in another "the picture may switch with no apology at all from a policeman at a crossroad to the Byzantine Emperor." As Howard lucidly demonstrates, the controlling factor behind Williams's work is an essentially Christian worldview in which "heaven and hell seem to lurk under every bush" and the constant theme is order versus disintegration. Concentrating on Williams's novels, Howard brilliantly illuminates the major concerns that informed all of Williams's thinking. Howard also considers Williams's work in the context of modern fictional practice and assesses its place in the tradition of the English language novel. "Howard understands the Cloud of Glory through which Williams's works must be seen better than anyone else I know. The wonderful light of paradox and parable is unfolded to us through Thomas Howard's works and he, as he says of Williams, leaves us 'chastened, sobered, even transfigured.' " — Madeleine L'Engle
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The early novels from War in Heaven ( 1930 ) through The Greater Trumps (
1932 ) make great use of frankly mythological and supernatural personages ,
events , and properties . The Holy Grail in War in Heaven , a stone from
-SATURDAY REVIEW THE GREATER TRUMPS by Charles Williams People
who enjoy fantasy writers like Tolkein and C. S. Lewis will love The Greater Trumps - now back in print . A spinetingling novel of cataclysmic forces
unleashed when ...
The Tarot cards in The Greater Trumps , together with the moving golden figures
which match them , are in correspondence with the universe . The four suits
control the four elements and the humours , and the ' Greater Trumps ' hold the ...
Author: Elise Brooke
Category: Christianity and literature
There is a long tradition of allegorical writing in the Christian Church. Many parts of the Old Testament are written in this form, and in the New Testament Christ himself taught in parables. Several modern writers have used allegory or one of its allied forms -- myth, parable or fantasy -- as a means of conveying religious truths. This book examines the work of four authors: George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien, who each made a valuable contribution to this tradition. Each of the books mentioned here is well worth reading, and if this introduction only serves to send the reader back to the originals it will have fulfilled a most useful purpose.
Author: Sebastian David Guy KnowlesPublish On: 1990
Rossell Robbins has discussed Descent into Hell as “ A Possible Analogue for
The Cocktail Party , ” and Lois Thrash has unearthed traces of The Greater Trumps in that play as well . The " dove descending " in Little Gidding may
originate in ...