Descent Into Hell (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1973 - Fiction - 222 pages
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The key to Williams' mystically oriented theological thought, Descent into Hell (arguably Williams' greatest novel) is a multidimensional story about human beings who shut themselves up in their own narcissistic projections, so that they are no longer able to love, to 'co-inhere.' The result is a veritable hell.
  

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User Review  - Tintinrulz - Goodreads

Charles Williams. I first heard about this mysterious and lesser known member of The Inklings in my high school days. I tried to hunt down some of his works but to no avail, they were either out of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

I think it's time for me to give up on Williams. This is the fourth novel of his that I've read, and it seems to have the least plot and most theology going on so far. Williams' theology is ... Read full review

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Contents

THE MAGUS ZOROASTER
9
VIA MORTIS
24
QUEST OF HELL
35
VISION OF DEATH
52
RETURN TO EDEN
76
THE DOCTRINE OF SUBSTITUTED LOVE
91
JUNCTION OF TRAVELLERS
113
DRESS REHEARSAL
126
THE TRYST OF THE WORLDS
152
THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET
176
THE OPENING OF GRAVES
188
BEYOND GOMORRAH
211
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About the author (1973)

Charles Walter Stansby Williams was born In London on September 20, 1886. The author and scholar was educated at St. Alban's School and at University College, London. In 1917 Williams married Florence Conway and had one son. In 1908 Williams joined the Oxford University Press and remained a member of the staff until his death. In 1912 he published his first book of verse, The Silver Stair, and, for the next thirty-three years wrote and lectured tirelessly. In that time he produced over thirty volumes of poetry, plays, literary criticism, fiction, biography, and theological argument. Among the many titles he produced are The English Poetic Mind (1932), Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind (1933), The Figure of Beatrice (1943). Taliessin through Logres (1938), The Region of the Summer Stars (1944), He Came Down from Heaven (1938), The Descent of the Dove (1939). Among his biographical works are Bacon (1933), James I (1934), Rochester (1935) and Queen Elizabeth (1936); and among his novels War in Heaven (1930), The Place of the Lion (1931), Many Dimensions (1931), Descent into Hell (1937) and All Hallows' Eve (1945). Charles Williams was an active member of the Inklings, an informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, England, for nearly two decades between the early 1930s and late 1949. The Inklings were literary enthusiasts who praised the value of narrative in fiction and encouraged the writing of fantasy. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and/or Charles Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. Charles Williams died May 15, 1945 at Oxford. He is buried aside his wife and son in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford, next to St. Cross Church.

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