Fantasy as Praise: Charles Williams

  • C. N. Manlove


Charles Williams’s novels offer a striking individual instance of that simple praise of the identities of things which is the spring from which all the other aspects of fantasy considered in this book flow. In the case of Williams the praise and wonder are directed not so much at the creations of fantasy in themselves, as at this world as irradiated by them. His vision of reality is of an ordered dance in which all things, from the most evil to the most good, and from the most magnificent to the most sordid, offer in their own modes delight to the beholder and praise to the Creator. The ground of such delight and praise is for him the incarnational fact of Christ.


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  1. 1.
    Williams, He Came Down from Heaven and The Forgiveness of Sins (Faber, 1950) p. 121.Google Scholar
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    Williams, Collected Plays (Oxford University Press, 1963) p. 31.Google Scholar
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    Williams, Taliessin through Logres (Oxford University Press, 1938) p. 44.Google Scholar
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    Williams, Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1933) pp. 181–2.Google Scholar

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© C. N. Manlove 1983

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