Enter into one of the twentieth century’s liveliest and most articulate minds with this long-unavailable book of delights. This jolly medley of drawings, fables, and poetry—all laced with satirical wit—abounds in G.K. Chesterton’s unique combination of whimsy and profundity. Its satirical ballads and original fairy tales include early works and previously unpublished material, all illustrated by the author’s distinctive color and black-and-white illustrations.
Chesterton’s fantasies reflect his overall philosophy of life, proclaiming the need for wonder in the face of the world of fact. His view of reality penetrates to the roots of these fruitful fantasies, which simultaneously hide and reveal truth: “The Disadvantage of Having Two Heads,” a cautionary tale about a young giant-killer; “The Wild Goose Chase,” a search for the elusive goals that make life worth living; and “Half-Hours in Hades,” an amusing handbook of demonology. Colorfully illustrated poems include “Stilton and Milton,” a witty meditation on the relative appeal and durability of cheese and literature. The Coloured Lands is a perfect introduction for readers unacquainted with Chesterton as well as a treat for long-time aficionados, this new edition features an Afterword by Martin Gardner, a leading authority on the author.