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G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)

Author of The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

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About the Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He began his education at St Paul's School, and later went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. show more Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics. Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in "The Innocence of Father Brown." Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by G.K. Chesterton

Orthodoxy (1908) 6,582 copies
The Everlasting Man (1925) 2,886 copies
The Innocence of Father Brown (1911) 1,924 copies
St. Francis of Assisi (1923) 1,681 copies
The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904) 1,124 copies
Heretics (1905) 1,080 copies
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922) 1,011 copies
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Manalive (1912) 839 copies
The Wisdom of Father Brown (1913) 805 copies
The Ball and the Cross (1906) 797 copies
The Secret of Father Brown (1927) 455 copies
Father Brown: Selected Stories (1955) — Author — 387 copies
The Flying Inn (1914) 375 copies
Charles Dickens (1906) 346 copies
The Scandal of Father Brown (1935) 330 copies
Tremendous Trifles (1909) 322 copies
All Things Considered (1908) 248 copies
Four Faultless Felons (1930) 244 copies
The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond (1937) 241 copies
A Short History of England (1917) 212 copies
Father Brown Stories (1959) 154 copies
Lepanto (1911) 152 copies
The Poet and the Lunatics (1929) 140 copies
A Miscellany of Men (1912) 138 copies
What I Saw in America (1922) 138 copies
The Well and the Shallows (1935) 138 copies
George Bernard Shaw (1909) 129 copies
The Defendant (1901) 129 copies
The Outline of Sanity (1900) 121 copies
Robert Browning (1903) 117 copies
The New Jerusalem (1920) 113 copies
Thirteen Detectives (1987) 107 copies
Chaucer (1932) 98 copies
The Thing (1929) 95 copies
The Return of Don Quixote (1927) 93 copies
Stories, essays, & poems (1935) 87 copies
Tales of the Long Bow (1925) 86 copies
Utopia of Usurers (1917) 84 copies
Twelve Types (1902) 83 copies
Alarms and Discursions (1910) 75 copies
Poems (1915) 73 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 2 (2020) — Contributor — 71 copies
Magic A Fantastic Comedy (1913) 67 copies
The man who was Chesterton (1937) 63 copies
Robert Louis Stevenson (1906) 59 copies
The Trees of Pride (1922) 59 copies
The Crimes of England (1915) 58 copies
Selected Essays (1939) 58 copies
The spirit of Christmas (1984) 56 copies
The Common Man (1950) 56 copies
Wine, Water and Song (1916) 50 copies
Varied Types (1903) 46 copies
L'Oeil d'Apollon (1901) 46 copies
Essays and Poems (1958) 45 copies
William Blake (1909) 45 copies
Lunacy and Letters (1900) 42 copies
The Appetite of Tyranny (2004) 41 copies
Irish Impressions (1919) 38 copies
On Running After One's Hat (2005) 36 copies
The Superstition of Divorce (1920) 34 copies
Father Brown Short Stories (2018) 32 copies
On Tremendous Trifles (1909) 31 copies
G.F. Watts (1909) 29 copies
The Barbarism of Berlin (1914) 28 copies
The Uses of Diversity (1920) 26 copies
Seven Suspects (1990) 25 copies
William Cobbett (1925) 25 copies
Fancies Versus Fads (1923) 25 copies
The Resurrection of Rome (1930) 24 copies
Handful of Authors (1953) 23 copies
Lord Kitchener (1917) 23 copies
Generally Speaking (1928) 22 copies
Christendom in Dublin (1933) 19 copies
Greybeards at Play (1900) 19 copies
Father Brown: A Selection (1995) 19 copies
The Secret Garden (1910) 17 copies
The Surprise (1953) 16 copies
Essays (1939) 16 copies
Divorce versus Democracy (2009) 15 copies
Prophet of Orthodoxy (1997) 15 copies
Come to think of it (1930) 15 copies
El fin del armisticio (1940) 15 copies
El arte del asesinato (1999) 14 copies
All is Grist (1931) 14 copies
Selected Stories (1972) 13 copies
The queen of seven swords (1926) 13 copies
Avowals and Denials (1934) 12 copies
Three Works on Distributism (2009) 12 copies
The Oracle of the Dog (1926) 11 copies
The Shop of Ghosts (1994) 11 copies
Chesterton on Shakespeare (1971) 11 copies
Poems Of G.K. Chesterton (2006) 11 copies
A Chesterton Calendar (1911) 10 copies
The Book of Job (1916) 10 copies
The Donnington Affair (1914) 9 copies
The Best of Father Brown (1987) 8 copies
Isa Browni lood (2013) 7 copies
Basic Chesterton (1984) 7 copies
Obras Selectas (1900) 7 copies
Gloria in Profundis (1927) 6 copies
The Sword Of Wood (1928) 6 copies
Opere scelte (1956) 6 copies
Thomas Carlyle (1902) 6 copies
G.K.C. as M.C. (1929) 6 copies
Five Types (1910) 6 copies
Come si scrive un giallo (2002) 5 copies
Fábulas y cuentos (1901) 5 copies
Obras Completas Tomo I (1952) 5 copies
L'assassin modéré (1993) 5 copies
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Supervivant (1981) 4 copies
The mask of Midas (1991) 4 copies
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Pater Brown Geschichten (1995) 4 copies
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Contos do Padre Brown (2021) 2 copies
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Pozo y los Charcos, el (2014) 2 copies
Thackeray (1974) 2 copies
Priester und Detektiv (2011) 2 copies
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Canonical name
Chesterton, G. K.
Legal name
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith
Other names
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
Birthdate
1874-05-29
Date of death
1936-06-14
Burial location
Roman Catholic Cemetery, Shepherd's Lane, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Kensington, London, England, UK
Place of death
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Cause of death
congestive heart failure
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Education
Slade School of Art
St. Paul's School, London, England, UK
Occupations
journalist
short-story writer
lay theologian
poet
philosopher
orator (show all 9)
critic
biographer
Christian apologist
Relationships
Chesterton, Cecil (brother)
Jones, Ada Elizabeth (sister-in-law)
Chesterton, A. K. (cousin)
Chesterton, Frances (wife)
Organizations
The Detection Club
Roman Catholic Church
Awards and honors
Order of St Gregory the Great
Episcopal Church USA observes June 13 as a provisional feast day
Short biography
G K Chesterton has been described as one of the most unjustly neglected writers of our time. Born in 1874 -when Kensington still formed part of Middlesex-, he became a journalist and later began writing books and pamphlets. His work includes novels, literary and social criticism, political papers and spiritual essays in a style characterised by enormous wit, paradox, humility and wonder. He converted to Catholicism in 1922 and he explores the nature of spirituality in many of his books and essays, including the mighty Orthodoxy.

Chesterton created the fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and wrote on apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin. On his contributions, T. S. Eliot wrote,

He was importantly and consistently on the side of the angels. Behind the Johnsonian fancy-dress, so reassuring to the British public, he concealed the most serious and revolutionary designs—concealing them by exposure ... Chesterton's social and economic ideas...were fundamentally Christian and Catholic. He did more, I think, than any man of his time—and was able to do more than anyone else, because of his particular background, development and abilities as a public performer—to maintain the existence of the important minority in the modern world. He leaves behind a permanent claim upon our loyalty, to see that the work that he did in his time is continued in ours.

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Nickdemore | 44 other reviews | Apr 13, 2024 |
A grind, but the better stories are quite good:

"You always forget," observed his companion, "**that the reliable machine always has to be worked by an unreliable machine."**

"Why, what do you mean?" asked the detective.

"I mean Man," said Father Brown, "the most unreliable machine I know of. I don't want to be rude; and I don't think you will consider Man to be an offensive or inaccurate description of yourself. You say you observed his manner; but how do you know you observed it right? You say the words have to come in a natural way; but how do you know that you did it naturally? How do you know, if you come to that, that he did not observe your manner? Who is to prove that you were not tremendously agitated? There was no machine tied on to your pulse."… (more)
 
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Kavinay | 17 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |
This volume is a collection of four books which I shall review separately.
Book One: The Innocence of Fr. Brown. The little priest is a whiz-bang analyzer and reaches conclusions far in advance of those with him. The curious, and disconcerting, aspect of these stories is the ubiquitousness of Fr. Brown. He turns up in the most unusual places in a most timely manner. It is entertaining but can become boring.
 
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DeaconBernie | 32 other reviews | Mar 18, 2024 |
Christian apologetics is not my thing. On the other hand, Chesterton could be insightfully witty about ignorant anti-Christians. Like Oscar Wilde, Chesterton seems to write very insubstantially, and his work is best consumed in quotations, rather than in whole-book chunks. I don't think he's quite so precious as Wilde, though.

https://www.chesterton.org advertises a new, thoroughly annotated version of the book. Chesterton was an exceptionally erudite person so some of his allusions, being both erudite and dated, would be incomprehensible to many contemporary readers.… (more)
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