A Bibliography of the Works of

    Charles Williams (1886-1945)

In most cases first editions are given with the exception that collections (especially of plays) are listed in place of individual earlier printings.  Dates following the titles of individual plays denote the year of composition.  Many titles (especially the novels) remain in print today.  More information about Charles Williams can be obtained through the Charles Williams Society's website.  A list for those interested in discussing the life and work of Charles Williams is also available at Yahoo.  Many of Williams's papers are housed at the Marion E. Wade Center.


  • War in Heaven. London: Victor Gollancz, 1930.
  • Many  Dimensions. London: Victor Gollancz, 1930.
  • The Place of the Lion. London: Mundanus, 1931.
  • The Greater Trumps. London: Victor Gollancz, 1932.
  • Shadows of Ecstasy. London: Victor Gollancz, 1933.
  • Descent into Hell. London: Faber & Faber, 1937.
  • All Hallows' Eve. London: Faber & Faber, 1945.
  • The Noises That Weren't There. Unfinished. First three chapters published in Mythlore 6 (Autumn 1970), 7 (Winter 1971) and 8 (Winter 1972).


  • A Myth of Shakespeare. Oxford UP, 1928.
  • Three Plays. Oxford UP, 1931. Contains The Witch (1931), The Chaste Wanton (1930), and The Rite of the Passion (1929).
  • Collected Plays by Charles Williams, edited by John Heath-Stubbs. Oxford UP, 1963. Contains Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury (1935), Judgement at Chelmsford (1939), Seed of Adam (1936), The Death of Good Fortune (1939), The House by the Stable (1939), Grab and Grace (1941), House of the Octopus (1945), Terror of Light (1940), and The Three Temptations (1942).
  • The Masques of Amen House, edited by David Bratman. Mythopoeic Press, 2000.  Contains The Masque of the Manuscript (1927), The Masque of Perusal (1929), The Masque of the Termination of Copyright (1930).  Also contains selections from the music written by Hubert Foss for the stage productions and other related poems including, among others, An Urbanity and a small selection from A Century of Poems for Celia.  .


  • The Silver Stair. London: Herbert and Daniel, 1912.
  • Poems of Conformity. Oxford UP, 1917.
  • Divorce. Oxford UP, 1920.
  • Windows of Night. Oxford UP, 1924.
  • Heroes and Kings. London: Sylvan Press, 1930.
  • Taliessin through Logres (1938) and The Region of the Summer Stars (1944). Oxford UP, 1954.  These were also published in 1991 together with Williams's earlier Arthurian poetry in a collection titled Charles Williams edited by David Llewellyn Dodds as part of the Arthurian Poets series published by Boydell & Brewer.    


  • He Came Down from Heaven.  London:  Heinemann, 1938.
  • The Descent of the Dove:  A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church. London: Longmans, Green, 1939. A 1956 edition published by Meridian Books in New York includes an introduction by W.H. Auden.
  • Witchcraft. London: Faber & Faber, 1941.
  • The Forgiveness of Sins. London: G. Bles, 1942.  This title was published together with He Came Down from Heaven in a single volume in 1950 and 1956 by Faber & Faber.

Literary Criticism

  • Poetry at Present. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930.
  • The English Poetic Mind. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932.
  • Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1933.
  • The Figure of Beatrice. London: Faber & Faber, 1943.
  • The Figure of Arthur. Unfinished. Published posthumously in Arthurian Torso (along with C.S. Lewis's commentary on Williams's Arthurian poetry), Oxford UP, 1948.
  • The Image of the City and Other Essays, edited by Anne Ridler. Oxford UP, 1958.
  • The Detective Fiction Reviews of Charles Williams, edited by Jared C. Lobdell. McFarland, 2003.


  • Bacon. London: Arthur Barker, 1933.
  • James I. London: Arthur Barker, 1934.
  • Rochester. London: Arthur Barker, 1935.
  • Queen Elizabeth. London: Duckworth, 1936.
  • Henry VII. London: Arthur Barker, 1937.
  • Stories of Great Names. Oxford UP, 1937.
  • Flecker of Dean Close. London: Canterbury Press, 1946.


  • Letters to Lalage:  The Letters of Charles Williams to Lois Lang-Sims. Kent State UP, 1989.
  • To Michal from Serge:  Letters from Charles Williams to His Wife Florence, 1939-1945, edited by Roma King Jr.  Kent State UP, 2002.

Dr Scott McLaren
Humanities & Religious Studies Librarian
York University, Toronto, CANADA.