Under the Cathedral: CW’s early life 1886-1908

June 22, 2013

The Oddest Inkling

Today we look at CW’s childhood and early life. Next week we examine the first phase of his career, 1908-1939. The following week we discuss his final—and most prolific—years, 1939-1945. Please send me any questions you have about his life, and I will attempt to answer them in these posts.

A note on sources: At the moment, the primary source of biographical information about Charles Williams comes from the two books his colleague Alice Mary Hadfield wrote about him: An Introduction to Charles Williams (1953) and Charles Williams: An Exploration of His Life and Work (1983). I have posted an evaluation of the latter book here, and will write about it again on this blog in future, when I come to a survey of secondary sources. Another valuable book is The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter (1978). I am also drawing on CW’s own writings and the introductions to…

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