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In 1955, in a used bookstore in San Francisco, Dr. Alfred Kessler, an avid collector of the works of G. K. Chesterton, uncovered a rare treasure - Chesterton's personal copy of a privately published edition of Holbrook Jackson's Platitudes in the Making (1911), with original responses by Chesterton written in green pencil between the lines of Jackson's book. Since 1911, thIn 1955, in a used bookstore in San Francisco, Dr. Alfred Kessler, an avid collector of the works of G. K. Chesterton, uncovered a rare treasure - Chesterton's personal copy of a privately published edition of Holbrook Jackson's Platitudes in the Making (1911), with original responses by Chesterton written in green pencil between the lines of Jackson's book. Since 1911, this hitherto unknown Chesterton "book within a book" has been seen only by a privileged few. Now, Ignatius Press is pleased to present this beautiful facsimile edition in which admirers of Chesterton everywhere will have the opportunity for an extraordinary glimpse of the remarkable wisdom and humor of this literary giant "at play."...

Title : Platitudes Undone: A Facsimile Edition of Holbrook Jackson's "Platitudes in the Making" with Original Handwritten Responses by G.K. Chesterton.
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ISBN : 9780898706284
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Number of Pages : 92 Pages
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Platitudes Undone: A Facsimile Edition of Holbrook Jackson's "Platitudes in the Making" with Original Handwritten Responses by G.K. Chesterton. Reviews

  • Sharon Barrow Wilfong
    2019-05-10 19:29

    "In 1955, in a used bookstore in San Francisco, Dr. Alfred Kessler, an avid collector of the works of G.K. Chesterton, uncovered a rare treasure-Chesterton's personal copy of a privately published edition of Holbrook Jackson's Platitudes in the Making (1911) with original responses by Chesterton written in green pencil between the lines of Jackson's book." -From the inside cover.Those of us who know and love Chesterton for his Father Brown mysteries will enjoy his clever repartee to Jackson's assertions.This brief book is filled with, in my opinion, extremely arrogant platitudes by Holbrook Jackson, a man I had never heard of before and probably with good reason. People like him deserve to be obsolete. Most of his "pearls" are unproveable nonsense that show a contempt for mankind while trying to appear clever.Why read this book? Because G.K. Chesterton has written his personal responses to Jackson's platitudes which show Jackson's wisdom to be farcical while demonstrating Chesterton's authentic humor and insight. Here are a couple of examples:Jackson: As soon as an idea is accepted it is time to reject it.Chesterton: No: it is time to build another idea on it. You are always rejecting: and you build nothing.J: A lie is that which you do not believe.C: This is a lie: so perhaps you don't believe it.J: Familiarity breeds not contempt, but indifference.C: Bu U (sic.) can breed surprise. Try saying "boots' ninety timesJ: The god of theology: a power that creates to destroy.C: No: that is obviously the god of modern science.

  • Michael
    2019-04-28 01:29

    Oh, Chesteron… how I used to devour his writing. This is quite an interesting little tome. Chesterton's personal copy of Platitudes in the Making by Holbrook Johnson was found a few years ago, complete with green-pencilled responses to the socialist, atheistic platitudes invented by Johnson. It's Johnson's book, but G.K. dominates it! Two of my favorites:HJ: "To drink to forget is to abuse drink."GKC: "Thoroughly sound. One should drink to remember."HJ: "Morality is the child of self-consciousness."GKC: "No wonder self-consciousness is a little vain. A fine child."

  • Gregory
    2019-04-25 20:33

    This is a delightful book! It is a facsimile of a book Chesterton read (by a pundit of the time, Holbrook Jackson), and shows Chesterton's extensive comments on the "platitudes" of Jackson. Chesterton turns Jackson's wit against him and displays his own magnificent wit in the process.

  • Emily
    2019-05-21 17:50

    VERY amusing, quick read. Highly recommend.

  • John Doman
    2019-05-02 18:48

    Simply a must-buy. Funny and unique. Don't know why anyone would give it less than five stars. Worth the price!

  • Douglas Wilson
    2019-05-18 19:21

    Great.