G. K. Chesterton | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David J. Dooley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of G. K. Chesterton.
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Critical Essay by David J. Dooley

SOURCE: “Chesterton as Satirist,” in The Chesterton Review, Vol. VI, No. Fall-Winter, 1979-80, pp. 233-53.

In the following essay, Dooley demonstrates how Chesterton used satire in his poetry and prose not simply as a gently humorous device, but also as a persuasive tool backed by moral substance.

In his book The Amiable Humorist, Stuart M. Tave describes a change in sensibility which took place in the eighteenth century and whose effects we still occasionally observe; it involved a turning away from the unsympathetic, reductive method of wit and ridicule used by Pope and Swift, and the adoption of a species of humour which drew forth tears and sympathy. How strong this emphasis became in the nineteenth century can be illustrated by the tribute Carlyle paid to Jean Paul Richter:

in his smile itself a touching...

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