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G.K. Chesterton as controversialist, essayist, novelist, and critic /
John D. Coates.
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Lewiston, N.Y. ; Queenston, Ont. : Edwin Mellen Press, c2002.
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v, 200 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0773470964
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Lewiston, N.Y. ; Queenston, Ont. : Edwin Mellen Press, c2002.
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0773470964
catalogue key
4694593
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-197) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
As he did in Chesterton and the Edwardian Cultural Crisis (CH, mar'85), Coates looks at Chesterton within his historical context, arguing that many of the Edwardian problems are still present. In the first chapter he sets up the times, especially the influence of Nietzsche and the beliefs of modernism. He goes on to consider Chesterton's contributions to The Speaker, a Liberal periodical during the Boer War, and to look at Chesterton's The Ball and the Cross (1910) as an Edwardian novel-of-ideas more subtle than the works of H. G. Wells. In chapter 4, Coates distinguishes between the types of essays Chesterton wrote and puts those of Tremendous Trifles (1909) in the tradition of the Romantic essayists. As literary criticism this chapter is Coates's best, handling well the tone and structure of five essays. In the last chapter the author discusses Chesterton's literary criticism, especially Robert Browning (1902), Charles Dickens (1906), and The Victorian Age in Literature (1913). Obviously, Coates' concern is the early Chesterton, not the later, more religious author. Though the book is marred by many typos, it is a valuable study of Chesterton's role in the Edwardian milieu. Recommended for large libraries supporting study at the upper-division undergraduates level and above. J. R. Christopher emeritus, Tarleton State University
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. i
Prefacep. iii
Introductionp. 1
Chesterton and the Modernist Cultural Contextp. 3
Chesterton and The Speaker: The Political Formation of a stylep. 35
Chesterton and the Edwardian Novel of Ideasp. 75
Chesterton and the Essay Formp. 117
Chesterton as a Literary Criticp. 157
Conclusionp. 179
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 199
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