C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams
- C.S. Lewis - first reading of Charles Williams.
Source: Carpenter 1978:98.
"It was not until February 1936, when he was calling on
Nevill Coghill in Exeter College and heard his host eloquently
praising 'The place of the Lion', that Lewis borrowed
Coghill's copy, took it home, and read it. Perhaps it was
fortunate that it was this book rather than any other of the
early novels that formed his introduction to Williams's work.
Not only did one of its themes - the necessity of taking
philosophical and religious studies utterly seriously and not
merely using them as 'research' - agree with what Lewis
himself often said, but the book lacked any of the
unpleasantness which sometimes seemed to be beneath the
surface of the black magic and 'sexual energy' in 'War in
Heaven' and 'Shadows of Ecstasy'."
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