Charles   Williams





Charles Williams

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born
in San Angelo, TX, The United States
August 13, 1909

died
April 07, 1975

gender
male

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Charles Williams (1909–1975) was one of the preeminent authors of American crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of high school to enlist in the US Merchant Marine, serving for ten years before leaving to work in the electronics industry. At the end of World War II, Williams began writing fiction while living in San Francisco. The success of his backwoods noir Hill Girl (1951) allowed him to quit his job and write fulltime.

Williams’s clean and somewhat casual narrative style distinguishes his novels—which range from hard-boiled, small-town noir to suspense thrillers set at sea and in the Deep South. Although originally published by pulp fiction houses, his work won great critical acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) becoming the fi
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Average rating: 3.83 · 1,841 ratings · 197 reviews · 68 distinct works · Similar authors
The Hot Spot
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 600 ratings — published 1953 — 13 editions
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A Touch of Death (Hard Case...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 443 ratings — published 1953 — 13 editions
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Dead Calm
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 1963 — 13 editions
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River Girl
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1951 — 9 editions
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The Last Great Frenchman: A...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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The Long Saturday Night
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1962 — 9 editions
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The Sailcloth Shroud
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1960 — 4 editions
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Hill Girl
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1951 — 3 editions
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Diamond Bikini
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1956 — 17 editions
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All the Way
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1958 — 8 editions
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More books by Charles Williams…
“The famous saying 'God is love', it is generally assumed, means that God is like our immediate emotional indulgence, not that the meaning of love ought to have something of the 'otherness' and terror of God.”
Charles Williams

“Our crucifixes exhibit the pain, but they veil, perhaps necessarily, the obscenity: but the death of the God-Man was both.”
Charles Williams

“Let us have all the delights of which we are capable.”
Charles Williams

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