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2015 | 24/1 | 19-40

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“The Whole Green Theatre of that Swift and Inexplicable Tragedy”: Gardens in G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown Stories



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This paper provides a survey of garden settings in Gilbert Keith Chesterton’s detective stories about Father Brown, followed by more detailed readings of the first four of the stories, which introduce the clerical sleuth and his principal antagonists and establish the rules of Chesterton’s semiotics of the green theatre of crime.


  • University of Warsaw


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