The Greater Trumps

An old man was sitting alone in a small room.

The Greater Trumps

Author: Charles Charles Williams

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An old man was sitting alone in a small room. He was at a table facing the door; behind him was another door. The walls were bare of pictures: the table was a large one, and it was almost completely covered with a set of Tarot cards. The old man was moving them very carefully from place to place, making little notes on a sheet of paper, and sometimes consulting an old manuscript book that lay by him. He was so absorbed that he did not hear the step outside, and it was not till the door opened that he looked up with a sudden exclamation. Henry Lee came lightly into the room."Why, Henry!" the old man said. Henry looked at the table, let his eyes run over the whole arrangement of the cards, and smiled."Still no nearer, grandfather?" he asked."Nearer? No, no, not nearer yet," his grandfather answered. "Not quite, yet awhile. But I shall do it." He sighed a little. "I keep the account very carefully," he said, "and some day I shall do it. I spend all my time on it."Henry nodded towards the other door. "And-they?" he asked, lowering his voice a trifle."Yes," the old man said. "I watch them too. But, you know-it's too difficult. But I must do it at last. You're not... you're not coming back to help me, are you?""Why, I may even do that," Henry said, taking off his motoring-coat.

The Greater Trumps

Perhaps the most exquisite of these interpretations is the one contained in this extraordinary novel. In the universe evoked by Charles Williams, sorcery can still kill, and the supernatural must be fought with the supernatural.

The Greater Trumps

Author: Charles William

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Charles Williams had a genius for choosing strange and exciting themes for his novels and making them believable and profoundly suggestive of spiritual truths. The Tarot pack, the ancestor of all playing cards, is first mentioned in history in 1393; the origin of the deck is not known. Tradition has it that the gypsies brought the Tarot from Egypt and that the cards were used for fortune telling. This deck was conceived of as having magical properties, and the most powerful of all the cards were the Magic Arcana or Greater Trumps, twenty-two symbolic pictures whose mysteries have been interpreted and reinterpreted not only by occultists, but also by religious thinkers, psychoanalysts and literary anthropologists. Perhaps the most exquisite of these interpretations is the one contained in this extraordinary novel. In the universe evoked by Charles Williams, sorcery can still kill, and the supernatural must be fought with the supernatural. But beneath the brilliant and imaginative surface is concealed a meticulously thought-out Christian message. Charles Williams-novelist, poet, critic, dramatist and biographer-died in his native England in May, 1945. He had a lively and devoted following there and achieved a considerable reputation as a lecturer on the faculty of Oxford University. T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Sayers and C.S. Lewis were among his distinguished friends and literary sponsors.

Charles Williams Omnibus War in Heaven Many Dimensions the Place of the Lion Shadows of Ecstasy the Greater Trumps Descent Into Hell All Hallo

This book is an omnibus edition containing the seven novels that Charles Williams wrote as well as a short story that he wrote for the London Mercury: War in Heaven (1930) - The Holy Grail is discovered in a small country parish and becomes ...

Charles Williams Omnibus   War in Heaven  Many Dimensions  the Place of the Lion  Shadows of Ecstasy  the Greater Trumps  Descent Into Hell  All Hallo

Author: Charles Williams

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This book is an omnibus edition containing the seven novels that Charles Williams wrote as well as a short story that he wrote for the London Mercury: War in Heaven (1930) - The Holy Grail is discovered in a small country parish and becomes both a sacramental object to protect or a cup of power to exploit. Many Dimensions (1931) - The Stone of Suleiman is illegally acquired from its Islamic guardian in Baghdad and taken to England, it is discovered the stone allows its possessor to transcend the barriers of space and time. The Place of the Lion (1931) - Platonic archetypes begin to appear in an English market town, wreaking havoc and unveiling the spiritual strengths and flaws of the townspeople. Shadows of Ecstasy (1931) - A man discovers that by focusing his energies inward he can extend his life almost indefinitely. He undertakes an experiment using to die and resurrect his own body in order to attain immortality. The Greater Trumps (1932) - The original Tarot is used to unlock immense power, allowing those who possess it to see across space and time, create matter, and create powerful natural storms. Descent into Hell (1937) - An academic fetishizes a woman to the extent that his perversion takes the form of a female demon. The cycle of sin brings about the necessity for redemptive acts. All Hallows' Eve (1945) - Explores the meaning of suffering and empathy by removing the barrier between the living and the dead through both black magic and divine love. Et in Sempiternum Pereant (1935) - In this short story a retired Lord Chief Justice is on a walk in the countryside when he enters a burning house and encounters a troubled spirit on its way to Hell. This is the only tale of this kind that Williams wrote - sketchy in detail but terrifying through implication. Williams was admired by his contemporaries including T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden, his especially by C. S. Lewis, whose novel That Hideous Strength is considered to be entirely inspired by Williams's work. When he moved to Oxford he participated regularly in Lewis's literary society known as the Inklings. This enabled Williams to read and improve his final published novel, All Hallows' Eve, as well as to hear J. R. R. Tolkien read some of his early drafts of The Lord of the Rings aloud to the group.

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Trumps : " I am not familiar with the exact constitution of the Tarot pack of cards ,
from which I have obviously departed to suit my own convenience . " Charles Wil
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Charles Williams ' s Christmas Novel : The Greater Trumps The visitor to Charles
Williams ' s grave will see that he identified himself as a poet ; and whether he
happened to be writing verse , fiction , or drama , it was always essentially a poet
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The Encyclopedia of Tarot

... the points which can be scored : SCORED IN HAND Points 5 .10 follow suit if
they can ; if not , they may trump . ... of the Greater Trumps held in hand For any
four of the Greater Trumps held in hand For all five of the Greater Trumps held in
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The Encyclopedia of Tarot

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Provides information on every important theory and interpretation and every recognized deck, illustrating and commenting on the symbolism of the early Tarocchi decks and the major later decks.

Charles Williams

THE GREATER TRUMPS ( 1932 ) Williams ' first five novels , written so close
together and on such similar patterns , can be seen to form a kind of series .
Especially given the marked differences between these five and the final two
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Charles Williams

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The Mind and Art of Charles Williams

The chief strength , it seems to me , of The Greater Trumps is the bold design of
the author in attempting to weave together the symbols of the Greater Trumps of
the Tarot cards and the activities of the principal figures of the novel . Williams
had ...

The Mind and Art of Charles Williams

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The Novels of Charles Williams

The fanciful novels of Charles Williams have long fascinated a rather elite reading public—T.

The Novels of Charles Williams

Author: Howard, Thomas

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The fanciful novels of Charles Williams have long fascinated a rather elite reading public—T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden and C. S. Lewis for example, were among his great admirers. But those books—which include The Place of the Lion, Descent into Hell, and All Hallows' Eve—are also dense and perplexing, and even the writer's fondest devotees have found the meanings of his fiction elusive. Here at last is a clear and informed guide to the complexities and rich rewards of Charles Williams's novels. As Thomas Howard notes, Williams's tales might best be described as "metaphysical thrillers," in which Williams used occult "machinery" in much the same way that Conrad used exotic locales and Joyce used the subconscious: to vivify human experience and awaken readers to its range and possibilities. One tale might feature a chase for the Holy Grail across Hertfordshire fields, while in another "the picture may switch with no apology at all from a policeman at a crossroad to the Byzantine Emperor." As Howard lucidly demonstrates, the controlling factor behind Williams's work is an essentially Christian worldview in which "heaven and hell seem to lurk under every bush" and the constant theme is order versus disintegration. Concentrating on Williams's novels, Howard brilliantly illuminates the major concerns that informed all of Williams's thinking. Howard also considers Williams's work in the context of modern fictional practice and assesses its place in the tradition of the English language novel. "Howard understands the Cloud of Glory through which Williams's works must be seen better than anyone else I know. The wonderful light of paradox and parable is unfolded to us through Thomas Howard's works and he, as he says of Williams, leaves us 'chastened, sobered, even transfigured.' " — Madeleine L'Engle

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THE GREATER TRUMPS In a recent lecture series called “ The Surplus of
Meaning , " Paul Ricoeur spoke of the difference between symbol and metaphor :
" Symbol is rooted in the cosmos , rooted in consciousness , whereas metaphor is
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British Fantasy and Science fiction Writers 1918 1960

British Fantasy and Science fiction Writers  1918 1960

Author: Harris-Fain Darren Gale Cengage

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Essays on British writers of fantasy and science fiction, including dark fantasy and supernatural horror. Includes lesser-known authors who made their own small but significant contributions to this field. Discusses the impact of pulp magazines and other new magazines that focused on subgenres such as romance fiction, adventure fiction, Western fiction, and eventually fantasy and science fiction, and utopian literature, a predecessor and close cousin of science fiction.

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... Wireless Imagination Free Words " 10 : 324 Grammata , Volume 1 5 : 379 El
gran Galeoto ( The Great Galeoto ) 4 : 97 ... 208 - 09 , 212 , 217 , 222 , 225 , 235 -
36 The Greater Trumps 1 : 523 , 525 ; 11 : 487 , 493 , 500 " The Greatest Drama ...

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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers, 1900-1960.

Charles Williams

Nancy rouses Henry to try , leading him instead of being led , and together , using
the Greater Trumps , they still the storm . Nancy is thereby brought to new life . “
There had come into her life with the mystery of the Tarots a new sense of ...

Charles Williams

Author: Alice Mary Hadfield

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A biography of the British editor, critic, poet, novelist, dramatist, and theologian describes his influence on Auden, Lewis, Sayers, Eliot, and Tolkien

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The Greater Trumps . Charles Williams . Pellegrini Cudahy . $ 3.00 . The Spiritual
Legacy of Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity A Edited by The Rev. Silvere Van Den
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