Chesterton, G. K. Charles Dickens: A Critical Study. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1951.
Maroon publisher's cloth, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, binding near fine. Green original printed dust jacket, spine panel darkened with some thin chipping to the ends of that panel. Former owner's signature on ffep, (vi.), 300 clean pp., tight. Very good in good dust-jacket. Hardcover. 
First published in 1906.
"Contrasting Dickens's popularity during his lifetime with that of 'popular authors' of to-day, Mr. Chesterton says that men read a Dickens story six times because they knew it so well, whereas, if a man can read one of _______'s novels six times (a name is unkindly given), it is only because he can forget it as often. If we are spared, we shall probably read Mr. Chesterton's 'Dickens' quite three times, for mixed reasons: it is worth it, and no memory could retain a tithe of the brilliant Chestertoniana of these 297 pages after fewer readings. As a critic, Mr. Chesterton has never sparkled better, or to more purpose." - Unsigned review, Pall Mall Gazette, 30 August 1906.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), English journalist whose works include nearly all forms of written expression, including essays, novels, short stories, poems, plays, biography, and literary criticism. A Christian thinker, he sounded some of the earliest warnings against the tyranny of the modern state, and lamented the loss of wonder & beauty in modern life.