The Napoleon of Notting Hill

By: Chesterton, G. K.

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A comical futurist fantasy, first published in 1904, about a tradition-loving suburban London community of the 1980s at war with its modernizing neighbors. Chesterton's splendid storytelling gifts and his sympathies for the plight of small nations trying to remain independent are strongly in evidence. 7 illustrations by W. Graham Robertson. New Introduction by Martin Gardner.

Title: The Napoleon of Notting Hill

Author Name: Chesterton, G. K.

Illustrator: W. Graham Robertson

Categories: Historical Fiction,

Publisher: Mineola, New York, Dover Publications: 1991

ISBN Number: 048626551X

ISBN Number 13: 9780486265513

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Type: Book

Size: 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall

Seller ID: 009079

Description: 163 pp. Spine uncreased, thumbed, several pages have lower corner creases. Text has no markings. Introduction by Marin Gardner. 7 full page b&w illustrations by Robertson. Chesterton s first novel. Published in 1904, it presents London in a future time (1984). London is still a city of gas lamps and horse-drawn vehicles, but democratic government has withered away, and a representative ordinary citizen is simply chosen from a list to be king. Auberon Quin, a government clerk, something of an aesthete and even more of a joker, becomes king. Purely for his own entertainment he transforms the boroughs of London into medieval city states, with heraldic coats of arms and colourfully uniformed guards, governed by provosts in splendid robes. Then he encounters Adam Wayne, the dedicated young Provost of Notting Hill, who takes Quin s ideas more seriously than the king himself. When the other boroughs try to force a new road through Notting Hill, Wayne, convinced that small is beautiful, fights to defend his territory. Chesterton glorifies everyman, while attacking big business and the monolithic state. 8vo -- 8.5 In Tall