G. K. Chesterton was a consummately witty man. In this new collection, Bevis Hillier draws on his most humorous epigrams and more serious extracts not only from his most popular works, the Father Brown stories, but also his contributions to the Illustrated London News and GK's Weekly, as well as his numerous novels, poems, essays and tracts on a vast array of subjects. These pieces shine a light into the margins of Chesterton's work and give a sense of the distinctive flavour of his mind. Hillier, the acclaimed biographer of John Betjeman, considers what it was that made Chesterton such a complex and fascinating character. Some of Chesterton's remarkable drawings (he trained as an artist at the Slade) are included, among them a hitherto unpublished caricature of Winston Churchill, c. 1919. This is a book for Chesterton fans everywhere.
Among advocates of the Catholic Faith, none is more respected or more beloved today than Father George Rutler, whose wise and witty books command a worldwide audience of loyal readers delighted by his clear, compelling catechesis. These carefully chosen extracts from Father Rutler’s writings highlight the range and brilliance of the enlightened thinking that has made Father such a treasured icon. Here, in what amounts to a distillation of a lifetime’s work, are all of the qualities that admirers of Father Rutler have come to prize: his deep and consistent faith, his incisive sense of history, his sharp wit, his pastoral solicitude for the spiritual well-being of his readers, and his ebullient dedication to the salvation of souls. In our day, many Catholic apologists have dwelt on the essential joy of Our Lord and Savior and His care for our eternal happiness, but none have done so with anything like the wit and wisdom of Father Rutler. For readers looking for a book that will not only instruct and inspire but also charm and delight, The Wit and Wisdom of Father George Rutler will become an indispensable, classic companion.
‘John Gielgud was not just a great actor: he was also a formidable wit, a brilliant raconteur – and a very naughty boy.’ – Simon Callow from the prologue. This delicious feast of ‘Gielgoodies’, compiled by Gielgud’s biographer, reveals a less well‐known side to this celebrated man of the theatre: his lightning wit, his love of scandal and gossip, his wicked delight in putting down his fellow‐artists, his relish of bawdy humour. Full of startling new material, drawn from many unpublished letters and Jonathan Croall’s extensive interviews, the book also celebrates the man who dropped a thousand bricks. Gielgud’s excruciating gaffes were legendary, and here are both the famous and the unknown, collected in all their glory. Whether committed backstage, in the wings or in rehearsals, on film sets or in television studios, they bring this merry and much‐loved man vividly to life.
"His career has been a long one," Arthur Conan Doyle notes of his immortal creation, Sherlock Holmes. Doyle made his observation in the 1920s, when the detective had already been thrilling readers for 40 years, and he modestly attributed his hero's success to "the patience and loyalty of the British public." Nearly a century later, the fictional sleuth continues to captivate imaginations around the world and to inspire modern-day reinterpretations. By the twentieth century Doyle had moved on to other literary endeavors but the public demand for further adventures of the Baker Street sleuth proved irresistible. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is the last such work to be regarded as canon, a collection of stories written before other writers claimed the character and his associates as their own. Here are a dozen tales of passion, revenge, greed, and murder—the final adventures of the great detective, as recounted by the master storyteller himself.
Presents an introduction to the mystery genre, discussing why children and young adults might or might not enjoy mysteries, looking at series mysteries, offering suggestions for educators on how to integrate mysteries into other areas of the curriculum, and including outlines for mystery-related programs, as well as lists of mystery books.
Sometimes hilarious and frequently profound, this collection of aphorisms includes observations and remarks from statesmen, writers, artists, philosophers, jurists, musicians, and celebrities — from the prophets of the Old Testament to Woody Allen.