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...more


Average rating: 3.82 · 1,319 ratings · 148 reviews · 35 distinct works · Similar authors
The Hot Spot
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 437 ratings — published 1953 — 12 editions
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A Touch of Death (Hard Case...
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 341 ratings — published 1953 — 12 editions
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Dead Calm
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 1963 — 11 editions
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River Girl
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1951 — 8 editions
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The Long Saturday Night
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1962 — 7 editions
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The Sailcloth Shroud
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1960 — 4 editions
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All the Way
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1958 — 4 editions
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Man on a Leash
3.16 of 5 stars 3.16 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1973 — 5 editions
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Hill Girl
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1951 — 3 editions
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Diamond Bikini
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1956 — 14 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

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

“The girl was in fact so patient with the old lady that she had not yet noticed that she was never given an opportunity to be patient. She endured her own nature and supposed it to be the burden of another's.”
Charles Williams

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