Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Caryll Houselander (1901-1954) was a British mystic and  writer who wore a pair of big round tortoiseshell glasses, lived in London during the Blitz, and until l she died at 53 from breast cancer, apparently barely slept or ate. A friend observed: “She used to cover her face with some abominable chalky-white substance which gave it quite often the tragic look one associates with clowns and great comedians.”

That Divine Eccentric, Maisie Ward’s fine biography, charts Houselander’s difficult childhood, her reversion to the Church in 1925, and her unrequited love for a British spy who would be the model for Ian Fleming’s “James Bond.” She had an eclectic circle of friends and was utterly devoted to Christ.  She never married.

She called “ego-neurosis” the greatest illness of our day.



  1. anita hatch-miller says: Reply

    I was not able to read the article. I tried all day and got an error message

  2. Mary Jane Macneil says: Reply

    I could not access the article as well.
    I’m dying to read it as I love Caryll Houselander and Heather’s

  3. Anonymous says: Reply

    I was not able to read this article wither

  4. ANN APPLEGARTH says: Reply

    Heather, I couldn’t read the second page. It said there was some error.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks so much, Eric!

  5. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    I’m so sorry for the inconvenience, everyone–my site had gone wonky and was being worked on Fri and Sat and I’m just getting to the comments today. The link should be fixed now. Also sometimes things get wonky on the Angelus end and the link weirdly morphs or changes after I’ve posted it.

    In the future, you can always google Heather king angelus and a couple of keywords from the piece, in this case, say, caryll houselander guilt and get to the full piece that way.

  6. moereenie says: Reply

    I think some letters are left out of the link.

  7. moereenie says: Reply

    Type an a in front of the link that says ngelus. I thought it should say angelus and sure enough I got to
    the page by typing the a in.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Right you are! I noticed that, too, when I went to correct, that the “a” was left out of angelus…since angelus is after the https, not sure how that could have happened on my end–but it could have! Anyway, thanks and good eye!

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