Does every English teacher always pass on the myth that Dickens was paid by the word? Rather, more people should know that Dickens' novels targeted injustices, like debtor's prisons and workhouses-- and it worked.
Can Chesterton just write every biography? Before, Browning was just another faceless poet to me, but GKC convinces you by the end that poetry wouldn't be the same without him.
Don't mind me, just trying to read everything GKC every wrote, down to this little pamphlet on divorce. It includes a lively discussion of vows and marriage of interest to the Latter-Day Saint reader.
To continue the Chesterton mood, I picked up another one of his biographies of a lesser-known individual, at least among Americans. Lord Kitchener. Again, to comment on Chesterton's unique approach to biographies, rather than stick tot he chronological narrative of his subject's life, Chesterton tries to capture the "spirit" of Kitchener, or the spirit of... Continue Reading →
Chesterton has done it again. I find so much here that is an antidote for our own day. Here is one I found summarizing well the current level of our political discussion: "As a matter of fact, it is generally the man who is not ready to argue, who is ready to sneer. That is... Continue Reading →
“He discovered the fact that all romantics know—that adventures happen on dull days, and not on sunny ones. When the chord of monotony is stretched most tight, then it breaks with a sound like a song.” I wrote a few weeks ago of my first experience with Romanticism in a German class on fairy... Continue Reading →