Charles Williams—A BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

POETRY

The Silver Stair, Herbert & Daniel, 1912.
Poems of Conformity, Oxford, 1917.
Divorce, Oxford, 1920.
Windows of Night, Oxford, 1924.
Heroes and Kings, (limited edition) Sylvan Press, 1930.
Taliessin Through Logres, Oxford, 1938.
The Region of the Summer Stars, Poetry (London) Editions, 1944. (Now published with Taliessin, Oxford.)

Minor works include An Urbanity, written for the actors in the Amen House Masques (see below), and privately printed, c. 1927; also verse composed for the Oxford Press Music Department in the nineteen-twenties, as follows: The Moon, a cantata written for music taken from Purcell's operas; a translation of the 'Stabat Mater', set by George Oldroyd; and words for several songs by Handel. Some of these are still in print.

Early poems were printed in two anthologies published by the Press—Poems of Home and Overseas, 1921, and A Miscellany of Poetry, 1922; and in the London Mercury and the New Witness. Much of the verse written after 1924 (Windows of Night) remained unpublished; a handful of poems appeared in obscure periodicals, for which I have not the dates, such as: Glasgow University Magazine, Elmfield Review, Monthly Paper of St. Silas, Kentish Town, St. Pancras People's Theatre Magazine (Apr. 1937); others, apart from the Taliessin versions listed below, in Theology (Sept. 1941) and Time and Tide (Dec. 1940 and Nov. 1941). Also in house periodicals of the Oxford Press, namely: the Lantern (June and Sept. 1928, Sept. 1930,june 1931); the Dominant (June 1928); the Periodical (July 1939).

Some of the earlier cycle of Taliessin poems appeared in New Poems, ed. Lascelles Abercrombie, Gollancz, 1931, and in Williams's own Heroes and Kings and Three Plays. Poems from the final cycle, in some cases differing from the versions published in book form, appeared in Christendom (Mar. 1938), Theology (Dec. 1939), the Dublin Review (Jan. 1941), the Wind and the Rain (Spring 1942), and Poetry, London (1943).

 

DRAMA

Two Masques, privately printed by Henderson & Spalding: Of The Manuscript, 1927; Of Perusal, 1929. (The third, 1930, was not performed or printed.)

A Myth of Shakespeare, Oxford, 1929. (A Myth of Bacon, 1932, was never
published, and the manuscript was lost.)

Three Plays, Oxford, 1931.

Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury, Oxford, 1936. (Acting Edition of the same
year, printed for the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral, H. J. Goulden.)

Judgement at Chelmsford, Oxford, 1939.

The House of the Octopus, Edinburgh House Press, 1945.

Seed of Adam and other plays, Oxford, 1948. (A version of the title play
appeared in Christendom, Sept. 1937.)

 

FICTION

War in Heaven, Gollancz, 1930.

Many Dimensions, Gollancz, 1931. (See also under Periodicals.)

The Place of the Lion, Gollancz, 1931.

The Greater Trumps, Gollancz, 1932.

Shadows of Ecstasy, Gollancz, 1933. (This was drafted in the late nineteen-
twenties, with the title of 'The Black Bastard'.)

Descent into Hell, Faber, 1937.

All Hallows' Eve, Faber, 1945. (Faber now publishes all the novels.)

 

CRITICISM

Poetry at Present, Clarendon Press, 1930.

The English Poetic Mind, Clarendon Press, 1932. (An extract from this was reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism 1919-35, World's Classics, together with an essay on Henry V written for that book.)

Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind, Clarendon Press, 1933.

The Figure of Beatrice, Faber, 1943. (See also a pamphlet on Dante, under Theology.)

Arthurian Torso, Oxford, 1948. (The unfinished 'Figure of Arthur', with a commentary on the Taliessin poems by C. S. Lewis. Williams had planned a 'Figure of Power', about Wordsworth, and had drafted some pages of it.)

 

THEOLOGY

Passages in Christian Symbolism by Michal Williams, (C. W.'s wife), Talbot & Co., 1919.

He Came Down from Heaven, Heinemann, 1938.

The Descent of the Dove, Longmans, 1939. (This and the above are now published by Faber.)

The Way of Exchange (pamphlet), James Clarke, 1941.

Religion and Love in Dante (pamphlet), Dacre Press, 1941.

The Forgiveness of Sins, Geoffrey Bles, 1942. (Now included with He Came Down, Faber.)

Essay contributed to the symposium What the Cross Means to Me, ed.
J. Brierley, James Clarke, 1943.

 

BIOGRAPHY AND HISTORY

Bacon, Arthur Barker, 1933.

'Lord Macaulay' in Six Short Biographies, ed. Goffin, Oxford, 1933.

James I, Barker, 1934.

Rochester, Barker, 1935.

Queen Elizabeth, Duckworth, 1936.

Stories of Great Names, Oxford, 1937. (Short biographical studies. Two editions issued, with slightly different contents.)

Henry VII, Barker, 1937.

'Queen Victoria' in More Short Biographies, ed. Goffin, Oxford, 1938.

Witchcraft, Faber, 1941.

Flecker of Dean Close, Canterbury Press, 1946.

 

EDITORIAL WORK

Poems of Home and Overseas, selected, with V. H. Collins, Clarendon Press, 1921.

A Note on possible endings to Edwin Drood, in the World's Classics, Oxford, 1924.

Notes to A Book of Longer Modern Verse, ed. Parker, Clarendon Press, 1926.

A Book of Victorian Narrative Verse, selected with an introduction, Clarendon Press, 1927.

Regency Verse, Clarendon Press, 1928. (Chosen and introduced by H. S. Milford. On the reverse of the title-page appear these words: 'the selection is at least equally the work of the editor's two friends and collaborators, Mr. Frederick Page and Mr. Charles Williams . . .', and I was given to understand by C. W. that he had in fact drafted the Preface-as the style implies.)

The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Oxford, 1930. (Second edition, with an appendix of additional poems and a critical introduction.)

A Short Life of Shakespeare, Clarendon Press, 1933. (Abridged by C. W. from Sir Edmund Chambers's book.)

The Ring and the Book, Oxford, 1934. (Retold by C. W., with brief introduction.)

Landor's Imaginary Conversations, Oxford, I934. (Selected by T. Earle Welby, with an introduction by C. W.)

The New Book of English Verse, Gollancz, I935. (Edited with a long introduction by C. W.)

The Story of the Aeneid, Oxford, 1936, (The story retold by C. W., with an introduction.)

The Passion of Christ, Oxford, 1939. (A selection of passages illustrative of the Passion.)

The English Poems of John Milton, Oxford, 1940. (Introduction to the World's Classics edition.)

The Present Age, &c., by Soren Kierkegaard, Oxford, 1940. (Short introduction by C. W.)

The New Christian Year, Oxford, 1941. (Another religious prose anthology.)

The Letters of Evelyn Underhill, Longmans, 1943. (Edited with a long introduction.)

The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster, Sylvan Press, 1945. (Introductions by George Rylands and C. W.)

Solway Ford, by Wilfrid Gibson, Faber, 1945. (Selected by C. W.)

 

PROSE IN PERIODICALS

Two articles in the Contemporary Review:

'The Hero in English Verse', Dec. 1920.
'The Commonwealth in English Verse', Aug. 1973.

Two articles in the Dominant (O.U.P.):

'The One-eared Man', Dec. 1927.
'The History of Critical Music', Apr. 1928-supplement.

An unsigned article on H. M. Peacock ('Personalities of the Press) in the Lantern (O.U.P.), Jan. 1939.

'Autocriticism' (on his Reason and Beauty) in the Week-end Review, Nov. 1933, with a caricature by 'Coia'.

In the London Mercury:

'Et in Sempiternum Pereant': short story about a character from Many Dimensions, Dec. 1935.
'The New Milton', July 1937.

In G. K.'s Weekly: six 'Letters to Peter', 5 Mar.-23 July 1936.

'Notes on Religious Drama' in the Chelmsford Diocesan Chronicle, May 1937.

'Religious Drama' in Good Speech (Quarterly Review of the Speech Fellowship), Apr. 1938.

'On Byron and 13yronism' (extracts from Sorbonne lecture) in the Bulletin of the British Institute of Paris, Apr. 1938. (The Bulletin is only to be found in Paris.)

'Mr. Tillyard on Milton', a review in the Criterion, July 1938.

Two articles in Theology:

'Sensuality and Substance', May 1939.
'Natural Goodness', Oct. 1941.
Also several reviews: 1940-2.

Two reviews in Life and Letters Today, on books by Dylan Thomas and Edith Sitwell, Nov. 1939 and May 1940.

Six articles in the Dublin Review:

'The Image of the City in English Verse', July ig4o. 'Blake and Wordsworth', Apr. 1941.
'The Redeemed City', Oct. 1941.
'The Index of the Body', July 1942.
'A Dialogue on Mr. Eliot's Poem', Apr. 1943.
'Mallory and the Grail Legend', Apr. I944.
Also a number of reviews: 1940-3.

'The Church Looks Forward', St. Martin's Review, July 1940.

'The Recovery of Spiritual Initiative', Christendom, Dec. 194o.

'Charles Williams on Taliessin through Logres', Poetry Review, Apr. 1941.
Also a letter defending his comparison of Hopkins with Milton, July/Aug. 1939.

'The War for Compassion', the Sword, May 1941.

Two reviews in the Spectator, on books by Edward Hutton and Denis Saurat, 2o Nov. 1942 and 18 Aug. 1944.

Two reviews in the New English Weekly, on books by J. C. Powys and Owen Barfield, 10 Sept. 1942 and 10 May 1945.

Five reviews in Britain Today, 1942-5, including one on Binyon's Paradiso, Mar. 1944.

Many reviews and articles in Time and Tide, from 1937 (one review and a letter only) to May 1945.

Williams also reviewed detective stories for the Daily Mail, the Daily News and its successor the News Chronicle, and in the thirties he occasionally reviewed for the Sunday Times. (All of C. W.'s reviews of detective stories were collected by Jared Lobdell and published in 2003 under the title: The Detective Fiction Reviews of Charles Williams, 1930-1935, McFarland & Company (February 4, 2003.)