CHESTERTON: The Man And The Mask by Garry Wills

CHESTERTON: The Man And The Mask

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Duggling questions have persisted about G. K. Chesterton despite numerous published biographies and critical studies of his works. Garry Wills sets out to answer some of the more parping ones while analyzing ""The Giant-Upside-Down"" in a style which is an inversion of the approach to whatever Chesterton wrote. The search for the answers to the questions posed is through the investigation of Chesterton's tenets. The titles of the thirteen chapters suggest the coverage -- ""Paradox and Nightmare"", ""The Signature of Style"", A Grammar of nacy"", ""The Defense of Notting Hill"", ""Pattern in Pantomime"", ""Rhyme and Reason"", ""The Fair Loyalties"", ""The Two Friars"", ""Property and Person"", ""The Critical Focus"", and ""The Play of Reality"". Seeing Chesterton as a jester-critic, Wills explains Chesterton's efforts in ""symbolic narrative, over-toppling rhetoric, political comment and journalism"". Here is an admiring but balanced view of a complex man of letters which friend and detractor alike should find stimulating.

Pub Date: March 30th, 1961
Publisher: Sheed & Ward