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G.K. Chesterton

A Biography

Author(s): Ian Ker

ISBN13: 9780199655762

ISBN10: 0199655766

Publisher: Oxford University Press (11 Oct 2012)

Extent: 784 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 23.2 x 15.2 x 4.4 cm

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  •  - A major new biography offering the first comprehensive intellectual and literary life of G. K. Chesterton, drawing on many unpublished letters and papers
     - Emphasises Chesterton's philosophy of humour that he habitually used as a medium for comprehending and interpreting life
     - Contains new analysis of Chesterton's oft-overlooked role as a literary critic
     - Examines Chesterton's religious development and his later role as apologist for Roman Catholicism

    G. K. Chesterton is remembered as a brilliant creator of nonsense and satirical verse, author of the Father Brown stories and the innovative novel, The Man who was Thursday, and yet today he is not counted among the major English novelists and poets. However, this major new biography argues that Chesterton should be seen as the successor of the great Victorian prose writers, Carlyle, Arnold, Ruskin, and above all Newman. 

     

    Chesterton's achievement as one of the great English literary critics has not hitherto been fully recognized, perhaps because his best literary criticism is of prose rather than poetry. Ian Ker remedies this neglect, paying particular attention to Chesterton's writings on the Victorians, especially Dickens. As a social and political thinker, Chesterton is contrasted here with contemporary intellectuals like Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells in his championing of democracy and the masses. Pre-eminently a controversialist, as revealed in his prolific journalistic output, he became a formidable apologist for Christianity and Catholicism, as well as a powerful satirist of anti-Catholicism. 

     

    This full-length life of G. K. Chesterton is the first comprehensive biography of both the man and the writer. It draws on many unpublished letters and papers to evoke Chesterton's joyful humour, his humility and affinity to the common man, and his love of the ordinary things of life.

     

    Readership: All with an interest in the life and writings of G. K. Chesterton, students and scholars of English Literature; of nineteenth century history; of religious studies.

     

     

    1: The Early Years

    2: Publishing and Engagement

    3: Marriage and Fame

    4: Controversy

    5: Dickens

    6: Orthodoxy

    7: Shaw and Beaconsfield

    8: Father Brown and the Marconi Scandal

    9: The Victorian Compromise and Illness

    10: War and Travel

    11: America and Conversation

    12: The Everlasting Man

    13: Distributism and Apologetics

    14: Rome and America Again

    15: The Last Years

  • Ian Ker



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    "This is a brilliant biography for a brilliant man."

    Times Higher Education


    "full of colossal wit, wisdom, and common sense...that is this magnificent book"

    Catholic Times


    "superb...absorbing"

    Piers Paul Read, Standpoint


    "this is a full-length scholarly biography that will be indispensable for decades"

    Church Times


    "rewarding biography" - Tribune


    "Ian Ker provides an account of the thought of Chesterton that surpasses, in its comprehensiveness, anything that has been previously written about him

    " - Bernard Manzo, Times Literary Supplement


    "Heroically researched...an impressive...book...that conveys a powerful sense of [Chesterton's] personality"

    DJ Taylor, The Independent


    "handles a complex subject with admirable lucidity. Mastering Chesterton's output is a heroic feat in itself"

    Peter Washington, Literary Review


    "reveals valuable new information"

    The Times


    "Ian Ker's magisterial new biography of Chesterton ... wil now do for Chesterton what his definitive biography of Newman did for him .. a major literary achievement ... Nobody who has any interest in Chesterton can afford to be without Ian Ker's book"

    Catholic Herald


    "Ian Ker's tremendous biography is an incitement to read Chesterton afresh ... [it] confirms him as a great thinker"

    -The Tablet


    "This masterly biography...has the potential to help establish Chesterton in what Ker regards as his rightful place as a major English author."

    Independent on Sunday


    "magisterial"

    Matthew D'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph


    "a brilliant ... towering biography"

    Gary Day, Times Higher Educational Supplement


    "Chesterton finally gets the big book he deserves ... a monumental study"

    National Catholic Register


    "[a] masterful biography"

    America


    "[this] terrific new biography of Chesterton ... gives us a portrait of the man in full"

    National Review Online


    "a discriminating portrait that does welcome justice to the full richness of [Chesterton's] hitherto undervalued work ... the need for a proper critical biography has long been acknowledged and Ker has supplied it ... for any true understanding of the scope of ... Chesterton's achievement ... Ker's biography will be indispensible" - Weekly Standard


    "[this] biography ... will help make the case that Chesterton is bigger than the keepers of culture have allowed"

    -National Review


    "spirited and ... enjoyable" - The Atlantic


    "magisterial ... a splendid book" - Touchstone


    "detailed and compelling" - Chronicle of Higher Education


    "... comprehensive biolography ..." - The Lutheran


    "magnificent" - Irish Catholic



  • A major new biography offering the first comprehensive intellectual and literary life of G. K. Chesterton, drawing on many unpublished letters and papers Emphasises Chesterton's philosophy of humour that he habitually used as a medium for comprehending and interpreting life Contains new analysis of Chesterton's oft-overlooked role as a literary critic Examines Chesterton's religious development and his later role as apologist for Roman Catholicism G. K. Chesterton is remembered as a brilliant creator of nonsense and satirical verse, author of the Father Brown stories and the innovative novel, The Man who was Thursday, and yet today he is not counted among the major English novelists and poets. However, this major new biography argues that Chesterton should be seen as the successor of the great Victorian prose writers, Carlyle, Arnold, Ruskin, and above all Newman. Chesterton's achievement as one of the great English literary critics has not hitherto been fully recognized, perhaps because his best literary criticism is of prose rather than poetry. Ian Ker remedies this neglect, paying particular attention to Chesterton's writings on the Victorians, especially Dickens. As a social and political thinker, Chesterton is contrasted here with contemporary intellectuals like Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells in his championing of democracy and the masses. Pre-eminently a controversialist, as revealed in his prolific journalistic output, he became a formidable apologist for Christianity and Catholicism, as well as a powerful satirist of anti-Catholicism. This full-length life of G. K. Chesterton is the first comprehensive biography of both the man and the writer. It draws on many unpublished letters and papers to evoke Chesterton's joyful humour, his humility and affinity to the common man, and his love of the ordinary things of life. Readership: All with an interest in the life and writings of G. K. Chesterton, students and scholars of English Literature; of nineteenth century history; of religious studies.
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