The Club Of Queer Trades

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British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, humorous style earned him the title of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and nearly 4,000 essays-remain among the most beloved in the English language

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Overview

British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, humorous style earned him the title of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and nearly 4,000 essays-remain among the most beloved in the English language

This 1905 collection of short stories is a splendid example of Chesterton's wicked style and devastating intellect. Revolving around the members of a London club who must invent their own wacky professions-and make a living from them-these tales send up the British class system, the state of London in the Victoria era, the ironies of the law, and more. Complete with the author's original illustrations, the stories include:

. "The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown"
. "The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation"
. "The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit"
. "The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent"
. "The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd"
. "The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady"

Prolific author of essays, verse, literary and social criticism, novels and short stories, Chesterton's exuberant personality shows through in this loosely knit collection of short stories written in 1905.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781602068377
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) made his name in journalism, but his work also included literary criticism, essays, poetry, and detective fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Time well spent!

    After a reference to Mr. Chesterton in Good Omens (Terry Pratchett-Neil Gaimen) I thought I'd give it a try. If you like mystery combined with a bit of humor, you'll like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Couldn't Finish It

    I tried to work my way through this. I really wanted to. But like alot of "classic" literature, i couldn't understand it & couldn't get into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Different & fun higly recommend

    This collection of short stories is so interesting & enjoyable

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