The Club of Queer Trades (Paperback)

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Chesterton's brilliant wit here satirizes the popular conception and methods of a master sleuth--such as Sherlock Holmes--giving the reader a series of entertaining and unforgettable stories. "Funmaking of the most fantastic kind".--New York Times

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Publisher Dover Pubns
Mfg Part# 9780486255347
SKU 30081673
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0486255344
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Author Info
G. K. Chesterton
Despite the fact that he authored over 100 books, Chesterton considered himself to be primarily a journalist, and he wrote thousands of articles for London newspapers and magazines. With an enormous body of non-fiction writing in his oeuvre, Chesterton wrote fearlessly and with great passion on matters of religion, philosophy, politics, and modern social issues. He was considered by many of his peers, including George Bernard Shaw, to be a man of great genius. But Chesterton is most popularly known as an author of mysteries--the Father Brown series, "The Man Who Was Thursday", "The Man Who Knew Too Much", among others. An admirer of Poe and Dickens, Chesterton in turn influenced such authors as John Dickson Carr, Jorge Luis Borges, Kingsley Amis, and Dorothy H. Sayers.
Praise
"A reading of Chesterton reinforces the truth that the best detective stories are written by artists and not artisans."
"Funmaking of the most fantastic kind characterizes the six short stories."
"Although virtually unknown today, 'The Club of Queer Trades' (1904), which predated the first Father Brown story by six years, was Chesterton's first attempt to put his theories of the detective story into practice....The policeman or detective is a modern knight-errant, protecting society from chaos, inferring from the 'hieroglyphs' of every stone, brick and signpost the revelation of some great secret that will astonish the reader. At the same time, warned Chesterton, the mere accumulation of clues can become a sterile, self-defeating process, which, bereft of psychological insight and philosophical acumen, too often leads the investigator astray."
From the Publisher
Annotation A whimsical story cycle originally published in 1905. Each tale concerns a man who has developed a completely new and different way to make a living, such as the head of the Adventure and Romance Agency, who provides adventure and romance to everyday people; and a Professional Detainer, who is hired to make people late.
Editors Note Six hilarious short stories about bizarre activities of a club devoted to completely original professions. Thirty two original Chesterton drawings.
Editors Note 2 Chesterton's brilliant wit here satirizes the popular conception and methods of a master sleuth--such as Sherlock Holmes--giving the reader a series of entertaining and unforgettable stories. "Funmaking of the most fantastic kind".--New York Times
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Number of Pages 0128
Publisher Dover Publications
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