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Greybeards at Play

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

1. A Dedication to E.C.B.
2. The Oneness of the Philosopher with Nature
3. Of the Dangers Attending Altruism on the High Seas
4. On the Disastrous Spread of Æstheticism in All Classes
5. Envoy

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G.K. Chesterton's first publication, "Greybeards at Play" is a collection of poetry and accompanying illustrations. The work is marked by the irreverent whimsy and ancient delight that would eventually be recognized as Chesterton's signature style. Short (only four poems long and a dedication), playful, and with a touch of awe, Chesterton's first piece (written at 26) is appropriately titled: it is the work of an amateur, mature in his spirit, young in his play. -