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Charles Williams

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(1886–1945), poet, novelist, and theological writer. His novels, which have been described as supernatural thrillers, include War in Heaven (1930), Descent into Hell (1937), and ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., Charles ( 1886–1945 ) Poet , novelist , and theological writer . He is best known for his novels, which have been described as supernatural thrillers, and include War in Heaven ( 1930 ), Descent into Hell ( 1937 ), and All Hallows Eve ( 1944 ). His most original poetic achievement is his cycle on the Arthurian legend, Taliessin through Logres ( 1938 ) and The Region of the Summer Stars ( 1944 ), afterwards reissued in one volume ( 1974 ) together with Arthurian Torso , a study of Williams's poetry by his friend C. S. Lewis . He was a...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Charles ( Charles Walter Stansby Williams ) ( 1886–1945 ), British novelist , poet , and man of letters, born in London. With C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien , with whom he formed the Inklings group, he was the major author of fantasy in the twentieth century. His novels, which often reflected a Christian ideology, have been described as supernatural thrillers. Each of the seven tales— War in Heaven ( 1930 ), Many Dimensions ( 1931 ), The Place of the Lion ( 1931 ), The Greater Trumps ( 1932 ), Shadows of Ecstacy ( 1933 ), Descent...

Williams, Charles

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Martin Seymour-Smith

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

..., Charles ( 1886–1945 ) Born in London and for most of his life worked for the Oxford University Press. Williams' personal influence exceeded his general literary reputation, even though his novels, effective supernatural thrillers, were popular. T. S. * Eliot believed him to be a ‘man who was always able to live in the material and spiritual world at once’, and W. H. * Auden , when he first met him in 1936 , said that in his presence he felt ‘for the first time in my life in the presence of personal sanctity … I felt transformed into a person who...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Charles ( 1886–1945 ) Poet , novelist , and theological writer , born in Holloway, London, and educated at St Albans School and London University. The first of over 40 books was The Silver Stair ( 1912 ), but he is best known for his novels, which have been described as supernatural thrillers, and include War in Heaven ( 1930 ), Descent into Hell ( 1937 ), and All Hallows Eve ( 1944 ). Of his theological works the most important is The Descent of the Dove ( 1939 ). In verse he wrote a number of plays on religious themes, including Thomas...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Charles [ Walter Stansby ] ( 1886–1945 ) British novelist , poet , and dramatist The Silver Stair ( 1912 ) Poetry Poems of Conformity ( 1917 ) Poetry Heroes and Kings ( 1930 ) Poetry War in Heaven ( 1930 ) Fiction Many Dimensions ( 1931 ) Fiction The Place of the Lion ( 1931 ) Fiction The Greater Trumps ( 1932 ) Fiction Shadows of Ecstasy ( 1933 ) Fiction Descent into Hell ( 1937 ) Fiction Taliessen Through Logres ( 1938 ) Poetry The Descent of the Dove ( 1939 ) Non-Fiction Witchcraft ( 1941 ) Non-Fiction...

Williams, Charles Walter Stansby

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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..., Charles Walter Stansby ( 1886–1945 ), poet , novelist , and critic : lives and is buried in Oxford . War in Heaven 1930 , The Place of the Lion 1931 , Taliessin in Logres 1938 , The Arthurian Torso 1948...

Williams, Charles Walter Stansby

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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2022
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...ed., with biog. and crit. introd., by A. Ridler (London, 1958). Essays Presented to Charles Williams , by D. [L.] Sayers and others, with preface by C. S. Lewis (London, 1947). G. [T.] Cavaliero , Charles Williams: Poet of Theology (London, 1983). A. M. Hadfield , Charles Williams: An Exploration of his Life and Work (New York and Oxford, 1983). B. Horne (ed.), Charles Williams: A Celebration (Leominster, 1995). G. Lindop , Charles Williams: The Third Inkling (Oxford, 2015). W. Hooper in ODNB (2006): <...

Williams, Charles Walter Stansby

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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..., Charles Walter Stansby ( 1886–1945 ), poet and theological writer . As well as poems, he wrote novels largely devoted to supernatural themes, a play for the Canterbury festival of 1936 , and The Descent of the Dove ( 1939 ), an unconventional and penetrating study of the Church as governed by the activity of the Holy Spirit in history. He had a concept of romantic love in which the image of the beloved is revealed to the lover, and a literal understanding of substitution, of which the Atonement was the culminating example. He did much to...

Williams Charles

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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Music
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478 words

... Charles b. Isaac Cozerbreit, 8 May 1893, London, England, d. 7 September 1978, Findon Valley, Worthing, England. Williams was one of Britain’s most prolific composers of light music, and he was also responsible for numerous film scores, often uncredited on screen. During his early career as a violinist he led for Sir Landon Ronald, Sir Thomas Beecham and Sir Edward Elgar. Like many of his contemporaries, he accompanied silent films, and became conductor of the New Gallery Cinema in London’s Regent Street. He worked on the first British all-sound film,...

Charles Williams

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(1886–1945),poet, novelist, and theological writer. His novels, which have been described as supernatural thrillers, include War in Heaven (1930), Descent into Hell (1937), and All Hallows Eve ...
isagogic literature

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Charles Favez, Gordon Willis Williams, Don P. Fowler, and Peta G. Fowler

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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...und die hellenist.-röm. Poetik ( Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz 1953. 3); C. O. Brink , Horace on Poetry 1 (1983); M. Fuhrmann , Das systematische Lehrbuch (1960); E. Rawson , Roman Culture and Society (1991), 324–51. Charles Favez / Gordon Willis Williams / Don P. Fowler / Peta G....

Kirkman

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Donald Howard Boalch, Peter Williams, Charles Mould, and Lance Whitehead

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...and square pianos. Bibliography D.H. Boalch : Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440–1840 (London, 1956, rev. 3/1995 by Charles Mould) [with details of surviving Kirkman instruments] J. Barnes : ‘Two Rival Harpsichord Specifications’, GSJ , vol.19 (1966), 49–57 C. Mould : ‘The Tabel Harpsichord’, Keyboard Instruments , ed. E.M. Ripin (Edinburgh, 1971, 2/1977), 57–63 P. Williams : ‘The Earl of Wemyss’ Claviorgan and its Context in Eighteenth-Century England’, Keyboard Instruments , ed. E.M. Ripin (Edinburgh, 1971, 2/1977),...

Shudi [Tshudi], Burkat [Burkhardt]

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Donald Howard Boalch, Peter Williams, Charles Mould, and Jenny Nex

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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Music
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1,294 words

...Wainwright : Broadwood by Appointment: a History (London, 1982) J. Nex : ‘Women in the Music Trade in Georgian London’, Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution , ed. R. Illiano and L. Sala (Bologna, 2010), 329–59 Donald Howard Boalch , Peter Williams , Charles Mould / Jenny Nex ...

Henry V

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,163 words
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Oxford University Press

...dead. Harry speaks with Williams, who does not recognize him; he then gives Fluellen the glove he had from Williams the previous night, telling him whoever challenges it is a traitor and should be arrested, but he sends Warwick and Gloucester to follow and prevent any mischief. 4.8 Williams challenges Fluellen’s glove and Fluellen tries to have him arrested: the King arrives with Warwick, Gloucester, and Exeter, however, explains his trick, reveals the identity of the man Williams challenged the previous night, and rewards Williams by returning his glove...

Welsh Local and Family History

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D. Huw Owen

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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History, Local and Family History
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6,425 words
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Oxford University Press

...Valley ( 2002 ), Ralph Maud , Guide to Welsh Wales ( 1994 ), Michael Senior , Portrait of North Wales ( 2001 ), J. B. Sinclair and R. W. D. Fenn , Marching to Zion: Radnorshire Chapels ( 1990 ), Caroline Charles‐Jones (ed.), The Francis Jones Treasury of Historic Pembrokeshire ( 1990 ), Carol White and Sian Rhiannon Williams , Struggle or Starve: Women's Lives in the South Wales Valleys between the Two World Wars ( 2002 ), and Gwynedd O. Pierce , Place Names in Glamorgan ( 2002 ). There is also an important tradition of Welsh‐language...

As You Like It

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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...to his rank, and on Oliver’s arrival Orlando confronts him to demand his patrimony. Dismissing him, Oliver summons Charles the wrestler, and after Charles has recounted the (stale) news that the Duke has been driven into exile in the forest of Ardenne (spelt ‘Arden’ in the Folio text) by his younger brother Frederick, who retains the Duke’s daughter Rosalind at court to keep his own daughter company, Oliver maligns Orlando, instructing Charles to be sure to kill him in the following day’s wrestling tournament. Alone, Oliver reflects briefly on his rancorous...

Novels

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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...and influential novels of the period, Things as they are: or The Adventures of Caleb Williams , in 1794 , the year after his controversial Enquiry Concerning Political Justice . The tale of Falkland and his servant Williams exposes the flaws in Burkean chivalry and the inequity of the judicial system while developing, through Caleb's internalization of the systems which oppress him, a powerful critique of institutionalized authority. The impact of Caleb Williams can be felt everywhere in the literature of our period, and not only among those writers...

Enlightenment

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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Oxford University Press

...Enlightenment as a whole: Richard Price, David *Williams , and Sir William Jones. The two former men were very much cosmopolitan figures, whereas William Jones , a supreme linguist, was more conscious of Welshness. Besides them a host of figures contributed in different ways to the Welsh cultural and intellectual revival. These included Thomas *Pennant , traveller, antiquarian, aesthetic theorist, and botanist; David *Samwell ( Dafydd Ddu Feddyg ), poet, surgeon, and traveller; Edward *Williams ( Iolo Morganwg ), Rational Dissenter, poet, and...

Local and Regional History: Modern Approaches

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David Hey

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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History, Local and Family History
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4,365 words
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Oxford University Press

...local study which caused a rethinking of the problem of continuity after the collapse of the Roman empire. The study of local communities was the major academic concern of local historians during the second half of the 20th century. The works of rural sociologists such as W. M. Williams , The Sociology of an English Village ( 1957 ), which studied Gosforth (Cumberland), and David Jenkins, The Agricultural Community in South‐West Wales at the Turn of the Century ( 1971 ), which analysed Troedyraur (Cardiganshire), together with a new interest in social...

Publishing

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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...society. Welsh *Deist preacher and educator David *Williams become so concerned at the dependence and vulnerability of writers that he managed, after decades of lobbying, to launch a public subscription in 1790 for the purpose of founding a Literary Fund to support deserving authors fallen on hard times. Future beneficiaries were to included S. T. *Coleridge and hosts of lesser-known scribblers who found themselves patronless. Yet, ironically, even the fund itself remained shaky until Williams managed to persuade the Prince of Wales to provide it...

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