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Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration by Gavin Ashenden (LLB 1976)

1 December 2006

He was a close friend of TS Eliot, deeply admired by CS Lewis, inspirational for WH Auden in his journey to faith, and a literary sparring partner for JRR Tolkien. Yet half a century after his death, much of Charles Williams’ life and work remains an enigma. The questions that arose from his immersion in Rosicrucian and hermetic culture and ideology - central to understanding Williams’ thought and art - remain provocatively unexplored. In this book Gavin Ashenden explores both the history behind the myths and metaphysics Williams was to make his own and the hermetic culture that influenced him.