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This collection of short essays by G.K. Chesterton is as applicable in 2020 as it was when it was written in 1923 during the first "Progressive Era". He saves his most subtle and cutting humor for commentary to skewer his favorite targets: feminists, vegetarians, modernists, journalists, social reformers, psychologists, and "sophisticated" people in general.
Essays included in this collection:
- "The Romance of Rhyme"
- "Hamlet and the Psycho-Analyst"
- "The Meaning of Mock Turkey"
- "Shakespeare and the Legal Lady"
- "On Being an Old Bean"
- "The Fear of the Film"
- "Wings and the Housemaid"
- "The Slavery of Free Verse"
- "Prohibition and the Press"
- "The Mercy of Mr. Arnold Bennett"
- "A Defence of Dramatic Unities"
- "The Boredom of Butterflies"
- "The Terror of a Toy"
- "False Theory and the Theatre"
- "The Secret Society of Mankind"
- "The Sentimentalism of Divorce"
- "Street Cries and Stretching the Law"
- "Why Reforms Go Wrong"
- "The Innocence of the Criminal"
- "The Prudery of the Feminists"
- "How Mad Laws Are Made"
- "The Pagoda of Progress"
- "The Myth of the “Mayflower”
- "Much Too Modern History"
- "The Evolution of Slaves"
- "Is Darwin Dead?"
- "Turning Inside Out"
- "Strikes and the Spirit of Wonder"
- "A Note on Old Nonsense"
- "Milton and Merry England"
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Great prose ruined by a lisp.
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