The annotated Innocence of Father Brown : The innocence of Father Brown /
by G. K. Chesterton ; with an introduction and notes by Martin Gardner.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
v, 274 p. ; 23 cm.
0192177486 :
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Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
0192177486 :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 255-268.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-07:
Martin Gardner, well known for his Annotated ``Alice'' (1960), Annotated ``Ancient Mariner'' (1965), and other books, here provides the first Father Brown book (1911) with textual and informational footnotes and critical endnotes. In general, it is well done, explaining Edwardian allusions and British geography, comparing the first edition's text with that of the original magazines, gently lamenting Chesterton's racial prejudices, and discussing the plot weaknesses or the meanings of individual stories. The book has some weaknesses, however. There are passages based on the popular pretense that Sherlock Holmes lived; these may help sales to public libraries but are not scholarship. There is a surprising lack of interest in genres; for example, ``The Wrong Shape'' is not discussed as a locked room puzzle. There is a lack of comparison to detective fiction other than Doyle's-e.g., Ellery Queen's ``The Telltale Bottle,'' with its reference to ``The Invisible Man.'' William White's 1983 primary and secondary Father Brown bibliography is reprinted and updated; Gardner adds a checklist of nine Chesterton essays on detective fiction, although two essays on the Detection Club are omitted. A good index to the annotations concludes the volume. Recommended for general undergraduate (or public library) reading, popular literature collections, and extensive British or religious literature collections.-J.R. Christopher, Tarleton State University
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