> His is a mysticism, not of curiosity, or of the lust for
> power, but of Love; and Love, in the meaning which it had
> for Williams-as readers of his study of Dante, called
> The Figure of Beatrice, will know-is a deity of whom
> most human beings seldom see more than the shadow.
> Intro to ALL HALLOWS EVE, 1948.
Two passages from Wikipedia:
Williamsís study of Dante entitled The Figure of Beatrice (1944)
was very highly regarded at its time of publication and continues
to be consulted by Dante scholars today.
When World War II broke out in 1939, Oxford University Press moved
its offices from London to Oxford. Although Williams was reluctant
to leave his beloved city, this move did allow him to participate
regularly in Lewisís literary society known as the Inklings. In this
setting Williams was able to read (and improve) his final published
novel, All Hallows' Eve, ...