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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CXXXVI B. School Latin exercise book, with poems, some fragmentary, essays, stories and sketches; circa 1892. Poems include 'Experience' (ff. 21v-23), 'The iconoclast' (ff. 34v-35v), 'Before a statue of Cromwell' (published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 27-29) (ff. 41v-45), 'The march of the nations' (ff. 46-47), 'The legend of St Brandon' (ff. 47v-50), 'Valour' (ff. 51-54), 'The poet's vision' (ff. 57-59), 'Hymn to the spirit of religion' (published in part in D. Barker, op. cit., p. 49, where this notebook is discussed, and in full in The G. K. Chesterton Quarterly, no. 15 (Summer 2000), pp. 2-3; another version, entitled 'The prayer' appears in Add. 73319 A, see also Add. 73305 A) (ff. 62v-64v); untitled poems beginning "O thou that drawest thy venom there" (f. 11), "Their crown the pale crysanthemum" (ff. 19v, 21, 65), "They may joy to cleave & to shatter the shrines" (f. 39); a list of his favourite poems, etc. (f. 27), a parody of Rudyard Kipling 'The shooting of Blunam Lowne, by R. K.' (published in The Debater, vol. 3, no. 17 (Oct. 1892), p. 78) (ff. 54v-55), part of a story concerning Lord Dalkeith (ff. 61v-62), story in epistolatory form addressed to 'Lawrence', i.e. Lawrence Ormond, the name adopted by Lucian Oldershaw for the series (published in The Debater, vol. 3, no. 17 (Oct. 1892), pp. 70-71) (ff. 65v-66), essay on Dickens and Thackeray (ff. 66v-70v).

ff. iii+73. 203 x 159mm.

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