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Charles Dickens: The Last of the Great Men (Wiseblood Classics) (Volume 11) by G.K. Chesterton
Publication Date: August 18, 2013 | Series: Wiseblood Classics
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) wrote nearly one hundred books in thirty-five years. His writing is both uncannily lucid and filled with the most provocative paradoxes. Chesterton wrote this literary biography as a defense of, homage to, and hospitable criticism of Charles Dickens. As with almost everything he wrote, CHARLES DICKENS: THE LAST OF THE GREAT MEN bursts with brilliant, tangential musings on all things. From the text: The hour of absinthe is over. We shall not be much further troubled with the little artists who found Dickens too sane for their sorrows and too clean for their delights. But we have a long way to travel before we get back to what Dickens meant: and the passage is along a rambling English road, a twisting road such as Mr. Pickwick travelled. But this at least is part of what he meant; that comradeship and serious joy are not interludes in our travel; but that rather our travels are interludes in comradeship and joy, which through God shall endure for ever. . . And all roads point at last to an ultimate inn, where we shall meet Dickens and all his characters: and when we drink again it shall be from the great flagons in the tavern at the end of the world. WISEBLOOD BOOKS is dedicated to preserving, editing, and publishing fiction, philosophy, and other works fit for the world stage. We believe that many manuscripts should be published widely but remain buried in desk drawers because they cannot meet the New York publishing industry's often dubious demands. We aim to remedy that. Our WISEBLOOD CLASSICS series brings hard-to-find works back into being and introduces great books to a new generation. Visit us at www.wisebloodbooks.com. We are wide-eyed for new epiphanies of truth.