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

Format: Paperback

What I saw in America.

ISBN: 9783849677312.

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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.


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