Cover of: Descent into hell | Charles Williams

About the Book

In Charles Williams's novel Descent into Hell, Hell turns out to be nothing other than a refusal to see things as they really are. Arguably his finest novel, the "descent" in the title happens to an ordinary (if extraordinarily selfish) historian named Wentworth, whose daily choices to cheat on the truth slowly but surely lead him into a terrifying state of isolation and egotism. Heaven, by contrast, is increasingly inhabited by the novel's heroine, Pauline Anstruther, who as the book proceeds learns to face her fears (and her ancestors!) and to love the truth exactly as it is. The plot turns around the latest production of fictional playwright Peter Stanhope, but for Williams Pauline's realization of the divine glory incarnate in all of life is the deeper truth that sustains this and every other drama. --Doug Thorpe

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR6045.I5 D46 1980

The Physical Object

Pagination
222 p. ;
Number of pages
222

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24205025M
Internet Archive
descentintohell00will
ISBN 10
0802812201
ISBN 13
9780802812209
OCLC/WorldCat
15346699

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