Re: [mythsoc] Which Williams?
- View SourceAt 12:58 PM 3/17/2008 -0500, David Emerson wrote:
>I find that (at least for me) the major stumbling block to enjoying CharlesOne of Tolkien's concerns in his later years was to separate his works from Williams's. He really disliked being thrown in a thematic heap with that very different writer, whose style and attitudes in literature he did not at all endorse. That only happened after critics started potting the Inklings as a unified group.
>Williams is the very fact of his association with Lewis and Tolkien. This
>originally led me to expect that his fiction would be somewhat like theirs.
>When I found it more to be like Raymond Chandler meets Aleister Crowley, it
>threw me for a loop.
We can thank a famous article by John Rateliff for clarifying that this was Tolkien's concern, and not any (non-existent) festering personal jealousy against Williams or any such rot, though belief in such still exists - there was an impervious nimnul spouting such nonsense on the Coinherence list just a few weeks ago.
At 09:15 PM 3/17/2008 +0000, Marc Drayer wrote:
>One book byTaliessin. And its followup, The Region of the Summer Stars. Not a work one can comment on briefly. Our local group got years of discussion out of those two books by taking one poem at a time and examining it line-by-line. It's really unreadable in any other way than slowly and carefully.
>Williams I've always wanted to read is his Arthurian poem cycle
>called "Taleissen Through Logres." Any here read that and can
>comment on it?