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Glen Cavaliero

1927 - 2019



Glen Cavaliero was born in 1927 and educated at Tonbridge School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1953. In 1965 he moved to Cambridge where he read for a degree in English, obtaining his doctorate in 1972. He now lives and teaches there as a member of the Faculty of English and a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine's College.


A former adviser to the Cambridge Poetry Festival, Glen Cavaliero is the author of six collections of poems. He has also published critical studies of John Cowper Powys (1973), E. M. Forster (1979) and Charles Williams (1983) in addition to The Rural Tradition in the English Novel 1900-1939 (1977), The Supernatural and English Fiction (1995), and The Alchemy of Laughter (2000).


A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has contributed to numerous journals and periodicals, including The Cambridge Review, Encounter, The New Yorker, PN Review, Stand, Poetry Salzburg Review and The Times Literary Supplement.



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'The Way of Affirmation: A Study of the Writings of Charles Williams', Church Quarterly Review No 32 CLVII, 1959


'Christology and Creation', Theology Vol LXII No, 466, 1959


'His Son John', Prism Vo1 IV No. 3, 1960


'Chastity', Traditional Virtues Reassessed, ed. A.R. Vidler, SPCK, 1964


'Creation and the Christian Hope', Theology Vol LXVLIII, No 546, 1965


'Prayer and Radical Theology', Prism No, 94, 1965


'John Cowper Powys: Landscape and Personality in the Early Novels', Essays on John Cowper Powys, edited by Belinda Humfrey, University of Wales Press (Cardiff), 1972


'Ford Madox Ford: A Centenary Tribute', Cambridge Review Vol 95 No. 2217, 1973


'Phoenix and Serpent: D.H. Lawrence and John Cowper Powys', The Powys Review, Nos. 2 & 3, 1977


'Sylvia Townsend Warner: An Appreciation', The Powys Review No. 5, 1979


'The Powys Family and Dorset', The Powys Review No. 7, 1980

'Recollections of John Cowper Powys, Recollections of the Powys Brothers, edited by Belinda Humfrey, Peter Owen (London), 1980

Introduction to Witchcraft by Charles Williams, The Aquarian Press (Wellingborough), 1980


'Sylvia Townsend Warner: The Short Stories', PN Review No. 23, 1981


'The Wicked Mrs Berryman' (story), Encounter, Vol LVIII, 1982


Introduction to The Happy-Go-Lucky Morgans by Edward Thomas, The Boydell Press (Woodbridge), 1983


Introduction to The Dew on the Grass, by Eilune Lewis, The Boydell Press (Woodbridge), 1984

Introduction to The Collected Poems of Gamel Woolsey, Warren House Press (North Walsham), 1984

    'The Novels of Phyllis Paul', The Powys Review, No. 14, 1984


Afterword to Three Fantasies by John Cowper Powys, Carcanet (Manchester), 1985

'John Cowper Powys: Space Traveller', The Powys Review, No.16, 1985


Introduction to Beatrix Potter's Journal, Abridged by Glen Cavaliero, Frederick Warne (London), 1986

'Autobiography and Fiction', Modern Selves, edited by Philip Dodd, Frank Cass, 1986

'Charles Williams and the Arthuriad', Moderne Artus-Rezeption 1760-1985, edited by Kurt Gamerschlag, Bonn, 1986

'The Comic Spirit in the Novels Of John Cowper Powys', The Powys Review No. 18, 1986


    Introduction to Out of Season by Ian David Baker, Olive Press, 1987


    Introduction to Letters to Lalage: The Letters of Charles Williams to Lois Lang-Sims, Kent State University Press (Ohio), 1989


    'Samuel Butler: A Master of Obliquity', Review 15, 1993


    'John Cowper Powys and the Aether', The Powys Journal Vol IV, 1994


'Charles Williams and Twentieth Century Verse Drama', Charles Williams: A Celebration, edited by Brian Horne, Gracewing, 1995


Introduction to A Companionable Talent, by Eilune Lewis, Finchcocks Press, 1996

'The Woman Who Looked Like Mrs Simpson' (story), Avatar, Cambridge, 1996

'A Metaphysical Epiphany: Charles Williams and the Art of the Ghost Story', The Rhetoric of Vision: Essays on Charles Williams, edited by Charles A. Huttar and Peter J. Schakel, 1996


'Two Versions of Merlin', The Charles Williams Society Newsletter, No 84


'The Mysterious Charity of Geoffrey Hill', PN Review 128, 1999

'Maiden Castle Revisited', The Powys Journal Vol IX, 1999


'Charles Williams: The Nature of the Poet', The Charles Williams Society Newsletter No. 96, 2000

Introduction to The Crisis and the Quest by Stephen Dunning, Paternoster Press, 2000


'The Novels of Charles Williams', The Lost Club Journal No. 2, 2001

'Death of an Author' (story), Weirdly Supernatural No 1, 2001

'An Interpretation of T.F. Powys', The Powys Journal, Vo1 XI, 2001


Introduction to Three Miles Up by Elizabeth Jane Howard, Tartarus Press, 2003


'A World of Shadows: The Novels of Phyllis Paul', Weirdly Supernatural No. 2, 2004

Introduction to Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker, Tartarus Press, 2004

'Daylight Ghosts: The Novels and Stories of Oliver Onions', Wormwood 2, Tartarus Press, 2004


Introduction to The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler by Reggie Oliver, The Haunted River, 2005

Afterword to 'The Fully Conducted Tour' by Robert Aickman, Wormwood 5, Tartarus Press, 2005


Introduction to The Sense of the Past by Henry James, Tartarus Press, 2006


Introduction to The Blackthorn Winter by Philippa Powys, The Sundial Press, 2007

'Mysteries of the Thirteenth Hour: The Enigmatic World of Phyllis Paul' Wormwood 9, Tartarus Press, 2007

'A Foreword to The Image of the City', The Charles Williams Quarterly, No 124, Autumn 2007


Foreword to The Bible as Literature by T.R.Henn, The Lutterworth Press, 2008

Introduction to Kindness in a Corner by T.F.Powys, The Sundial Press, 2008


'The Discernment of Glory: the Theology of Arthur Machen', The Christian Parapsychologist, September 2009


'A Jest in Heaven: the Comedic Element in the Theology A Charles Williams', The Charles Williams Society Newsletter No 155, 2010

Introduction to The Old Knowledge by Rosalie Parker, The Swan River Press, 2010.


Foreword to Sylvia Townsend Warner: A Bibliography, by R.B. Russell and J. Lawrence Mitchell, Tartarus Press, 2020.




John Cowper Powys, Novelist,

Oxford University Press, 1973

The Rural Tradition in the English Novel, 1900-1939,

Macmillan, 1977

A Reading of E. M. Forster,

Macmillan, 1979

Charles Williams: Poet of Theology, Macmillan, 1983

The Supernatural and English Fiction, Oxford University

Press, 1995

The Alchemy of Laughter,

Palgrave Macmillan, 2000

The Ancient People,

Carcanet, 1973

Paradise Stairway,

Carcanet, 1977

Elegy for St Anne's,

Warren House Press, 1982

Steeple on a Hill,

Tartarus Press, 1997

Ancestral Haunt,

Poetry Salzburg, 2002

The Christmas Robins

and Other Poems,

privately printed 2005

The Justice of the Night,

Tartarus Press, 2007

Towards the Waiting Sun,

Poetry Salzburg, 2011

The Flash of Weathercocks, Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2016

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