On Love in War: CW’s life 1939-1945

July 15, 2013

Third and final installment of Sorina Higgins’ bio on Charles Williams.

The Oddest Inkling

Two weeks ago we looked at CW’s childhood and early life, 1886-1908. Last week we examined the first phase of his career, 1908-1939. Today we discuss his final, most prolific years, 1939-1945. Please send me any questions you have about his life, and I will attempt to answer them in comments or subsequent posts.

In 1939, Britain went to war against Germany, andblitz Hitler began bombing London. The London branch of the Oxford University Press was evacuated to Oxford, and another season of CW’s life began with C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, the Inklings, and Oxford University. This was his most fruitful phase.

Williams and Lewis had already met through letters. The story is delightful. CW, as editor at OUP, was seeing CSL’s book The Allegory of Love through publication. He was reading it in proofs and glorying in its similarity (as he thought) to his Outlines of…

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