RE: RARA-AVIS: williams, brewer, and rabe...and Willeford: Blumen thal corrects

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 23 Jan 2002

I know that Charles Williams is practically forgotten in his own country, but I have to contradict. If the sea is important in Williams' work it's not the central theme of it. Far from it.. Only a few have the sea and sailing ships as background. His works go from riotously funny novels as: THE DIAMOND BIKINI(and its sequel: Uncle Sagamore's Girls), through capers,naturalist novels (early in his career), to quite a few books which are really noir … but all of his production is most of the time of very good quality! Like: NOTHING IN HER WAY A TOUCH OF DEATH MAN ON THE RUN AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Quite a number of his novels were adapted for films.

As far as I know he published 23 novels; he committed suicide in 1975.

I think Williams is unjustly forgotten these days in the USA.

==== As for religious themes (or using religious backgrounds) in HB/Noir novels, there are quite a few as well, such as: SWEET CHEAT by Peter Duncan (small gem of cynic humor), SALOMON'S VINEYARD by Jonathan Latimer, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER by Davis Grubb. And more.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

--- Todd Mason <> wrote:
> Should've known better! TM
> -----Original Message-----
> From: M Blumenthal
> [mailto:]
> > I think Bill meant Charles Willeford. Charles
> Williams, the one I know,
> and
> > whom you probably found, was an Inkling, a
> fellow-traveler with JRR
> Tolkien
> > and C. S. Lewis in dealing in
> religiously-significant fantasy fiction.
> >
> I think Bill meant the Charles Williams who wrote
> Gold Medals such as The
> Hot Spot and The Sailcloth Shroud. Most of his books
> have something to do
> with the sea.
> Mark

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