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Chesterton, G. K. English journalist and author, who came of a family of estate-agents, was born in London on the 29th of May 1874. He was educated at St Paul’s school, which he left in 1891 with the idea of studying art. But his natural bent was literary, and he devoted himself mainly to cultivating that means of expression, both in prose and verse; he did occasional reviewing, and had some experience in a publisher’s office. In 1900, having already produced a volume of clever poems, The Wild Knight, he definitely took to journalism as a career, and became a regular contributor of signed articles to the Liberal journals, the Speaker and Daily News. He established himself from the first as a writer with a distinct personality, combative to a swashbuckling degree, unconventional and dogmatic; and the republication of much of his work in a series of volumes (e.g. Twelve Types, Heretics, Orthodoxy), characterized by much acuteness of criticism, a pungent style, and the capacity of laying down the law with unflagging impetuosity and humour, enhanced his reputation. His powers as a writer are best shown in his studies of Browning (in the „English Men of Letters “ series) and of Dickens; but these were only rather more ambitious essays among a medley of characteristic utterances, ranging from fiction (including The Napoleon of Notting Hill) to fugitive verse, and from artistic criticism to discussions of ethics and religion.

What I saw in America

What I saw in America – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Americans like to read the opinions of other people from other lands about them, and particularly will they delight in this volume by G. K. Chesterton. There is a rich vein of humor in all of Chesterton’s work, and its warmth runs through this book. There is also a power of keen observation and an intuitive perception of realities in his make-up that comes strongly to the fore in such a collection of articles as are here gathered together. There are chapters on „Some American Cities,“ „The American Business Man,“ „Prohibition in Fact and Fancy,“ „The Extraordinary American,“ „Presidents and Problems,“ and others, including a „Meditation on Broadway,“ which is full of surprises. The whole book is full of them, for that matter, and it is delectable reading.

What I saw in America

What I saw in America

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What I saw in America.

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Eugenics and other Evils

Eugenics and other Evils – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Zionists have often spoken about the hoped-for Jewish homeland in Palestine becoming a center whence would emanate, as of old, great ideas and ideals. Such a radiation has already begun, but it is interesting, indeed curious, that among the firstlings of the New Jerusalem is a product from the very un-Hebraic pen of Mr. G. K. Chesterton. „The New Jerusalem“ is an uneven book; at times a rather confusing book; but it is always thoughtful, always thought-provoking. And when the reader is once thoroughly oriented; when he realizes that he is not perusing a birth-rate, total-population, gross-tonnage-of-export sort of thing, but rather a poetic-philosophic mosaic woven, of reflections inspired by the Holy City—then he is ready to appreciate the matter in hand. „A man cannot,“ says the writer, „eat the Pyramids; he cannot buy or sell the Holy City; there can be no practical aspect either of his coming or going. If he has not come for a poetic mood he has come for nothing.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Zionists have often spoken about the hoped-for Jewish homeland in Palestine becoming a center whence would emanate, as of old, great ideas and ideals. Such a radiation has already begun, but it is interesting, indeed curious, that among the firstlings of the New Jerusalem is a product from the very un-Hebraic pen of Mr. G. K. Chesterton. „The New Jerusalem“ is an uneven book; at times a rather confusing book; but it is always thoughtful, always thought-provoking. And when the reader is once thoroughly oriented; when he realizes that he is not perusing a birth-rate, total-population, gross-tonnage-of-export sort of thing, but rather a poetic-philosophic mosaic woven, of reflections inspired by the Holy City—then he is ready to appreciate the matter in hand. „A man cannot,“ says the writer, „eat the Pyramids; he cannot buy or sell the Holy City; there can be no practical aspect either of his coming or going. If he has not come for a poetic mood he has come for nothing.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The New Jerusalem

The New Jerusalem – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Zionists have often spoken about the hoped-for Jewish homeland in Palestine becoming a center whence would emanate, as of old, great ideas and ideals. Such a radiation has already begun, but it is interesting, indeed curious, that among the firstlings of the New Jerusalem is a product from the very un-Hebraic pen of Mr. G. K. Chesterton. „The New Jerusalem“ is an uneven book; at times a rather confusing book; but it is always thoughtful, always thought-provoking. And when the reader is once thoroughly oriented; when he realizes that he is not perusing a birth-rate, total-population, gross-tonnage-of-export sort of thing, but rather a poetic-philosophic mosaic woven, of reflections inspired by the Holy City—then he is ready to appreciate the matter in hand. „A man cannot,“ says the writer, „eat the Pyramids; he cannot buy or sell the Holy City; there can be no practical aspect either of his coming or going. If he has not come for a poetic mood he has come for nothing.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Uses of Diversity

The Uses of Diversity – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In this collection of papers the author, in his characteristically discursive fashion, gives his impressions of the Irish character as an almost paradoxical combination of visionary dreamer and practical peasant. He emphasizes the fundamental differences between the English and the Irish out of which arise many if not all the tragic mistakes made on both sides.

The Uses of Diversity

The Uses of Diversity

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The Uses of Diversity.

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Biography of Gilbert Keith Chesterton (from Wikipedia):

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the „prince of paradox“. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: „Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Superstition of Divorce

The Superstition of Divorce – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In this collection of papers the author, in his characteristically discursive fashion, gives his impressions of the Irish character as an almost paradoxical combination of visionary dreamer and practical peasant. He emphasizes the fundamental differences between the English and the Irish out of which arise many if not all the tragic mistakes made on both sides.

The Superstition of Divorce

The Superstition of Divorce

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The Superstition of Divorce.

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Biography of Gilbert Keith Chesterton (from Wikipedia):

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the „prince of paradox“. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: „Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Irish Impressions

Irish Impressions – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In this collection of papers the author, in his characteristically discursive fashion, gives his impressions of the Irish character as an almost paradoxical combination of visionary dreamer and practical peasant. He emphasizes the fundamental differences between the English and the Irish out of which arise many if not all the tragic mistakes made on both sides.

Irish Impressions

Irish Impressions

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Irish Impressions.

ISBN: 9783849677527.

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Biography of Gilbert Keith Chesterton (from Wikipedia):

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the „prince of paradox“. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: „Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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A Short History of England

A Short History of England – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Chesterton, in his unimitable way, remarks that “the only way to write a popular history is to write it backwards.” This is somewhat the method he employs in his book, “A Short History of England,“ in which he aims to show the importance of the populace in history, an importance that is wholly neglected by historians. England, he asserts, was created, not so much by the death of the ancient Roman civilization, as “by its escape from death, or by its refusal to die.“ For four hundred years Britain was wholly Roman in its civilization. Medizeval civilization arose out of the “resistance to the naked barbarians from the North, and the more subtle barbarians from the East.“ The crisis in English history, he argues, was not the period of the Stuarts, but the fall of Richard II. following “his failure to use medimval despotism in the interests of medieval democracy.“ Mr. Chesterton portrays the democracy of the Middle Ages, this civilization being the creation, really, of the people through their guilds and through monasticism which was a democratic institution which the Reformation destroyed. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Utopia of Usurers

Utopia of Usurers – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Characteristically brilliant and daring essays on sociological subjects in which is depicted the Utopia of the hard-headed business man, capitalists, and the millionaires who will arrange their own paradise and deal with art, religion, science, etc.

Utopia of Usurers

Utopia of Usurers

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Utopia of Usurers.

ISBN: 9783849677503.

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Biography of Gilbert Keith Chesterton (from Wikipedia):

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the „prince of paradox“. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: „Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.“

Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned 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. George Bernard Shaw, his „friendly enemy“, said of him, „He was a man of colossal genius.“ Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Book of Job

The Book of Job – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Book of Job is among the other Old Testament Books both a philosophical riddle and a historical riddle. Controversy has long raged about which parts of this epic belong to its original scheme and which are interpolations of considerably later date. The doctors disagree, as it is the business of doctors to do; but upon the whole the trend of investigation has always been in the direction of maintaining that the parts interpolated, if any, were the prose prologue and epilogue and possibly the speech of the young man who comes in with an apology at the end. This work contains Chesterton’s assumptions and thoughts on this mysterious scripture.

The Book of Job

The Book of Job

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The Book of Job.

ISBN: 9783849677497.

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Biography of Gilbert Keith Chesterton (from Wikipedia):

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the „prince of paradox“. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: „Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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