Ireland’s books: All Hallows’ Eve

 

In 1946 Father Kenneth Thompson sent a book to Ireland with his recommendation. This was Charles Williams’s 1945  All Hallows’ Eve. The novel, which opens with a discussion between the ghosts of two dead women wandering the streets of London, might have appealed to Ireland for its mixing of earthly and supernatural, a theme that preoccupied him over many years. Williams was a member of the Inklings, alongside Tolkien and C.S Lewis. Both Auden and Eliot admired his work, the latter penning the introduction to All Hallows’ Eve. This blog entry gives a good summary of the book and its preoccupations. The novel can be read in its entirety HERE.

 

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