'The Figure of Beatrice' is an analytical discussion of the character by the same name who features heavily in the writings of Dante. Originally published in 1943, Williams' essay is a thought-provoking interpretation of Dante and both the human and divine aspects associated with love. Charles Williams (1886-1945) was a British theologian, playwright, novelist and poet. As a member of the 'Inklings' literary group at Oxford, his work supported a strong sense of narrative. Williams acknowledged the spiritual undercurrents present in life and his literary explorations into Christian fantasy writing, such as 'Descent into Hell' (1937), earned him many followers. This classic work is now being republished in a new modern edition with a specially commissioned introductory biography.