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Charles Williams (1886–1945) was a British poet and novelist. He was close friend of CS Lewis, and with Lewis and JRR Tolkien was a member of The Inklings. Most of his novels were supernatural thrillers that explored the intersection of the natural, human world with the spiritual world. A number of authors have claimed him as an influence, most notably Tim Powers. Williams was also a highly acclaimed literary scholar; and his study of Dante, The Figure of Beatrice, is still popular among scholars of Dante's work. Williams also authored a number of biographies, essays on theology and literary criticism, and plays.

Notable examples of Charles Williams' fictional work:


Works by Charles Williams provide examples of:

  • Ancient Conspiracy: Williams was briefly a member of the Rosicrucians, and conspiracies feature in many of his works.
  • Drunk with Power: The corrupting influence of power is common theme of his fiction.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Greater Trumps
  • Urban Fantasy: All of Williams' novels are set in the modern world.
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