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G. K. Chesterton 1874—1936

G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an English writer with a prolific and diverse output which included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the “prince of paradox”. Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories–first carefully turning them inside out.” (source: Wikipedia)

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All Things Considered (1908)

All Things Considered features more than thirty columns that G. K. Chesterton wrote for the London Daily News in the years before World War I. Covering... read more »


Eugenics and Other Evils (1917)

G. K. Chesterton was an early critic of the philosophy of eugenics, expressing this opinion in his book, Eugenics and Other Evils. Its advocates... read more »


Heretics (1905)

G. K. Chesterton, the "Prince of Paradox", is at his witty best in this collection of twenty essays and articles from the turn of the twentieth century... read more »


The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)

The first book of G.K. Chesterton’s ingenious, thoughtful, and lyrically written mystery stories featuring the unassuming little priest who solves... read more »


Manalive (1912)

Perhaps the most light-hearted of all Chesterton’s "serious" works, in Manalive we follow the madcap adventure of Innocent Smith. Innocent Smith is a... read more »


The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922)

Horne Fisher is the man who 'knows too much...and all the wrong things'. He and his trusty companion Harold March take on the world of crime among... read more »


The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)

G. K. Chesterton's classic novella tackles anarchy, social order, God, peace, war, religion, human nature, and a few dozen other weighty concepts. And... read more »


The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)

In a London of the future, the drudgery of capitalism and bureaucracy have worn the human spirit down to the point where it can barely stand. When a... read more »


Orthodoxy (1908)

This book is meant to be a companion to "Heretics," and to put the positive side in addition to the negative. Many critics complained of the book called... read more »


Robert Browning (1903)

Chesterton declares that it is fashionable to boast that one cannot understand Browning but he reveals in this fascinating literary biography how... read more »


The Ballad of the White Horse (1911)

The Ballad of the White Horse is one of the last great epic poems in the English language. On the one hand it describes King Alfred’s battle against... read more »


The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926)

In The Incredulity of Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton treats us to another set of bizarre crimes that only his 'stumpy' Roman Catholic prelate has the... read more »


The Scandal of Father Brown (1935)

Another collection of G.K. Chesterton's ingenious, thoughtful, and lyrically written mystery stories featuring the unassuming little priest who solves... read more »


The Secret of Father Brown (1927)

Easily the darkest of Chesterton's Father Brown collections, it is nonetheless a masterwork of perception of the human condition, explored through the... read more »


The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)

Father Brown is a fictional character created by English novelist G. K. Chesterton, who appears in 50 short stories. Father Brown's powers of detection... read more »