Varied Types – Gilbert Keith Chesterton
In this volume Mr. Chesterton reprints nearly twenty of the ingenious and brilliant papers which have delighted and puzzled the readers of the London Daily News and Speaker. The subjects are all biographical, ranging from Alfred the Great to Bret Harte, but those who have already learnt to admire Mr. Chesterton’s paradoxes will not need to be assured that his method of treatment is not that of Mr. Sidney Lee’s Dictionary.
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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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