Twelve Types – Gilbert Keith Chesterton
As far as sheer cleverness goes, Mr. Chesterton Has attracted considerable attention in England. He was a thinker of some power, he had the gift of clear expression, and what he says was not merely readable but stimulating. In ‘Twelve Types’ he passes judgment successively upon the likes as Savonarola and Scott, St. Francis and Tolstoy, all with the same air of infallibility. Boldness, however, is so rare among the writers of today, that Mr. Chesterton’s very recklessness has won him favor among English critics.
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Summary 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.
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