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Magic, A Fantastic Comedy (the play) By G.K. Chesterton
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Magic was G.K. Chesterton's first play. When it appeared, his reputation had already been made: his occasionally ramshackle brilliance could illuminate essays (The Defendant), novels (The Napoleon of... More > Notting Hill, The Man Who Was Thursday), criticism (Robert Browning, Charles Dickens), philosophy (Orthodoxy), detective stories (The Innocence of Father Brown), verse (The Ballad of the White Horse) ... and more. It was Chesterton's literary sparring partner George Bernard Shaw who demanded that he write a play. A 1908 letter threatens: "I shall repeat my public challenge to you; vaunt my superiority; insult your corpulence; torture Belloc; if necessary, call on you and steal your wife's affections by intellectual and athletic displays, until you contribute something to the British drama." Shaw even issued Chesterton with a plot, about the horrified return of St.Augustine to the England he dimly remembered converting. Unfortunately this play was never written. The indirect result was Magic.< Less

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