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Introduction Prologue Chapter One: From Holloway to Silvania Chapter Two: 'The Most Talkative Uoung Man' Chapter Three: The Silver Stair Chapter Four: 'Marriages are made in Heaven' Chapter Five: The Initiate Chapter Six: 'The Satanist' Chapter Seven: 'Why the Devil does anyone ever get married?' Chapter Eight: Romantic Theology Chapter Nine: Phyllis Chapter Ten: 'I can't do without you - I can't' Chapter Eleven: Substitution Chapter Twelve: Novels and the Poetic Mind Chapter Thirteen: 'They Saved My Life by Three Hours' Chgapter Fourteen: 'I'm Becoming a Myth to Myself' Chapter Fifteen: 'The Staff Work of the Omnipotence' Chapter Sixteen: The Order of the Co-Inherence Chapter Seventeen: 'A Kind of Parody of London' Chapter Eighteen: 'Bitter Is the Brew of Exchange' Chapter Nineteen: A Pioneer for the Young Poets Chapter Twenty: 'It Is Not Yet Too Late' Chapter Twenty-One: 'Into the Province of Death' Epilogue

About the Author

Grevel Lindop was formerly Professor of Romantic and Early Victorian Studies at the University of Manchester. His previous books include The Opium-Eater: A Life of Thomas De Quincey; A Literary Guide to the Lake District; Travels on the Dance Floor, which was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week; and a twenty-one volume edition of The Works of Thomas De Quincey. He has published six collections of poems, and his Selected Poems appeared in 2000. He lives in Manchester, where he now works as a freelance writer


In Charles Williams: The Third Inkling, Grevel Lindop has written a page-turner. He proves himself a master of the biographical narrative. He knows how to end chapters and sections of chapters with cliffhangers. He liberally employs the ironic slant, and he has an eye for visuals. Lindop's preface, a model of balanced prose, sets the volume's tone. * Philip Irving Mitchell, Religion and the Arts *
Charles Williams: The Third Inkling is a must-read for all those interested in this unique writer and thinker. * David Brazier, Temenos Academy Review (19) *
Exemplary, and very thought-provoking * Philip Hensher, Books of the Year 2015, The Spectator *
This solid and scholarly biography explores the byways of literary history with much verve and energy ... Lindop has provided a fascinating account * Philip Hensher, Spectator *
Lindop has added significantly to our knowledge of the Third Man in the Inklings and deftly filled in some major blank areas in our standard map of literary modernism. * Kevin Jackson, Literary Review *
excellent biography * London Review of Books *
[a] fine, thoroughly researched book. * Tablet *
ground-breaking, and must play a central part in future Williams studies. * David Barratt, The Glass *
thorough biography * Journey *
fascinating reading ... meticulous study ... This biography puts Williams back in the picture * Andy Ffrench, Oxford Times *
a fascinating, and even astonishing biography * Theology *
Grevel Lindop's biography of Charles Williams is, in almost every way, all that one would want in such a study: comprehensive, judicious, sympathetic, but also properly surprised by its subject, for good and ill. * Rowan Williams, Journal of Inkling Studies *
His prose style has benefitted from long years of listening to the musicality of language: his sentences are clear and competent, his narrative skill evident, his storytelling ability considerable. It is this last quality, in combination with his meticulous scholarship, that makes The Third Inkling masterful. * Sorina Higgins, Journal of Inkling Studies *
Lindop's exhaustive research and clarity of presentation make this an indispensable volume for anyone who wishes to understand Williams and come to terms with his writing and influence. No future study of Williams will be adequate without drawing on this study; Lindop deserves much praise for bringing to completion such a massive endeavour. * Holly Ordway, Journal of Inkling Studies *
Lindop's narrative, packed with incident and parcelled into satisfying arcs, is exemplary * Oxford Today *
Grevel Lindop has written a ground-breaking life, at once scholarly and readable, which reveals Williams in all his fascination ... Lindop has done a real service in showing not only why his writing had such an appeal for Tolkein, Lewis, and Eliot, but how it can still jolt us into deeper reflection today. * The Rt Revd Lord Harries, Church Times *
the definitive biography ... .a brilliant introduction to a brilliant, yet very troubled and troubling, man * Evangelical Times *
an authoritative, and extremely readable, biography. * Sydney Morning Herald *
The Third Inkling is a very readable book which wears its meticulous research lightly - and that's no mean feat. It raises some important and troubling questions. * A Writer's Life *
a fascinating, and even astonishing biography. * Theology *
well-written biography * Notre Dame magazine *
wonderful biography * Network Review *
As a work of biographical scholarship, then, The Third Inkling leaves nothing to be desired. * The Oddest Inkling *
a thorough, profound, and sympathetic study * A.N Wilson, First Things *
an excellent biography, taking its place as the premier resource on Williams * The Notion Club Papers *
It is obviously a well-researched labor of love ... It is a dense book but reads easily, especially for those who admire the work of Williams and his contemporaries ... Lindop has accomplished a Herculean feat by depicting this controversial man within the context of English history. * Nancy Saultz Radloff, Anglican and Episcopal History *

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