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John E. Coombes

The immediate impression is of a figure outrageously Quixotic, albeit

bereft of the elaborate structure of chivalric belief which sustained

that earlier hero; of a figure of catholic fideistic absurdity which

approaches the ‘endearing’. Later, post-war photos of Campbell show

a figure bearing an uncanny resemblance to W.C. Fields though – it

has to be said – without the charm. The Campbell of the anecdote –

simultaneously, as we are told, author of the longest fascist poem in

English (apart from Ezra Pound’s) – would moreover seem to have

stepped out of one of Chesterton’s Father Brown stories. Their author

had, it will be remembered, moved, under the influence of his friend

Belloc, from a position of amiable if ineffectual liberalism to increasingly

pronounced anti-Semitism. Yet the play of paradox in the earlier

Father Brown stories shows little of this: its function is in general to

demonstrate the resolvability of paradox through the operations of grace and the intimations of the enquiring subject, a kind of functional

accommodation of deism and liberal individualism.