Kenner, Hugh. Paradox in Chesterton; Introduction by Herbet Marshall McLuhan. London: Sheed & Ward, 1948. First Edition.
Red publisher's cloth with bright gitl titles to spine, 5 x 7 1/2 inches, pencil inscription inside front, xxii., 156, (1) clean pp. Original dust jacket with light edge-wear and stains. Very good in good dust-jacket. Hardcover. 
"Chesterton has been called a 'mystic' and a 'maker of paradox'. He is, strictly speaking, neither, says Hugh Kenner, and on such good evidence that his study of paradox in Chesterton presents a new and important evaluation. At the core of Chesterton's literary production he finds a vision which is not supra-rational but is metaphysical, a direct intuition of being. And that paradox in which this vision is expressed is no literary invention, nor an ingredient of Chesterton's mind, but is intrinsic to the reality he contemplates. The Fathers, philosophers and doctors of the Church explored the cosmos by the light of this same vision and expressed what they saw in paradox; and Chesterton is in their main-stream." - publisher's blurb.