G.K. Chesterton: Daylight and Nightmare: Uncollected Stories and Fables
Chesterton, G. K
. Dodd Mead & Company, . NY ,
PR4453.C4 D3 1986 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I have struggled in reading this book to find what Chesterton might have to offer the fable researcher. Perhaps Ms. Smith and even Chesterton himself are not too clear on what a fable is. Consider these two sentences from Smith's Foreword: The shorter fables from this last period are, however, interspersed throughout. All the stories are fantasies of one sort of another (5). Can a fable be a fantasy? I can report that I find many excellent and thought-provoking stories here, particularly The Two Taverns (32); The Three Dogs (48); The Curious Englishman (50); The Tree of Pride (58); Chivalry Begins at Home (76); The Second Miracle (99); Concerning Grocers as Gods (108); On Secular Education (122); and A Fish Story (124). In the end, they are fantasies, and I do not think that they are fables in anything like the traditional sense associated with Aesop. But anything from Chesterton's imagination is lively!