G.K.'s weekly, a sampler /
edited with an introduction by Lyle W. Dorsett.
Chicago : Loyola University Press, c1986.
552 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 29 cm.
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Chicago : Loyola University Press, c1986.
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Includes index.
Thirty issues of the journal published by G.K. Chesterton from 1925 to 1936.
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Bibliography: p. 17-18.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-02:
The latest entry in the Chesterton ``revival'' is a collection of 30 columns from G.K.'s Weekly, a paper begun in 1925, kept afloat largely on the strength of its editor's fame, and disappearing shortly after his death in 1936. Some critics and Chestertonians have complained that the journal helped to kill Chesterton in that it forced him to expend his life energies on this vehicle for a doomed cause, namely Distributism (a socioeconomic theory that aimed at a widespread redistribution of property). Editor Dorsett dispels this and other myths in an informative introduction that convincingly argues that GKC thoroughly enjoyed the tasks he had and burdened his subordinates with other duties, on which they spent much time for little pay. Those who love Chesterton's own writing will find some confirmation in this argument: there is relatively little of his work in these pages-a brief weekly column to which he gave the name ``Found Wandering'' at first, then ``Straws in the Wind''; occasional topical columns; serialized chapters of his romance, The Return of Don Quixote; and infrequent bits of verse. Those interested in the historical scene will find other riches, such as reviews of dramas and books, Distributist manifestos every other week, contributions by such people as Shaw, and a record of editorial opinion on the European turmoils. Aimed at very specialized tastes, and only specialized graduate libraries may wish to own it.-L.J. Clipper, Indiana University at South Bend
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