In Defense of Sanity

In Defense of Sanity Author Gilbert Keith Chesterton
ISBN-10 9781586174897
Year 2011
Pages 387
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

G.K. Chesterton was a master essayist. But reading his essays is not just an exercise in studying a literary form at its finest, it is an encounter with timeless truths that jump off the page as fresh and powerful as the day they were written. Three of the world's leading authorities on Chesterton have joined together to select the "best" Chesterton essays to compile this volume.

G K Chesterton

G K  Chesterton Author Dale Ahlquist
ISBN-10 9781681490427
Year 2016-11-22
Pages 188
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

G. K. Chesterton was one of the most well-known and beloved writers of his time. Yet he has been strangely neglected today. This book is the perfect introduction to Chesterton. Ahlquist is an able guide who takes the reader through twelve of Chesterton’s most important books as well as the famous Father Brown stories. One of the problems with approaching Chesterton is that he was so prolific that the reader is simply overwhelmed. But Ahlquist makes the literary giant accessible, highlighting Chesterton’s amazing reach, keen insight, and marvelous wit. Each chapter is liberally spiced with Chesterton’s striking quotations. There is something special that runs throughout Chesterton’s books that sets him apart from the confusing philosophies of the modern world. That common thread in Chesterton’s writings is common sense. It is instantly recognizable and utterly refreshing.

Common Sense 101

Common Sense 101 Author Dale Ahlquist
ISBN-10 1586171399
Year 2006
Pages 316
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

Dale Ahlquist, the President of the American Chesterton Society, and author of G. K. Chesterton -The Apostle of Common Sense, presents a book of wonderful insights on how to look at the whole world through the eyes of Chesterton. Since, as he says, Chesterton wrote about everything, there is an ocean of his material to benefit from GKC's insights on a kaleidoscope of many important topics. Chesterton wrote a hundred books on a variety of themes, thousands of essays for London newspapers, penned epic poetry, delighted in detective fiction, drew illustrations, and made everyone laugh by his keen humor. Everyone who knew Chesterton loved him, even those he debated with. His unique writing style that combines philosophy, spirituality, history, humor, and paradox have made him one of the most widely read authors of modern times. As Ahlquist shows in his engaging volume, this most quoted writer of the 20th century has much to share with us on topics covering politics, art, education, wonder, marriage, fads, poetry, faith, charity and much more.

The Complete Thinker

The Complete Thinker Author Dale Ahlquist
ISBN-10 9781586176754
Year 2012
Pages 261
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press

Presents G.K. Chesterton's thoughts on a variety of subjects, including politics, economics, war and peace, life and death, evil, and east and west.

What s Wrong with the World

What s Wrong with the World Author G. K. Chesterton
ISBN-10 9781602068209
Year 2007-10-01
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Cosimo, Inc.

British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. This 1910 book is a unified work about all the broad array of worries that trouble the world, but it can be read in essaylike chunks. Discovering Chesterton's inimitable take on: . Wanted, an Unpractical Man . The Free Family . The Wildness of Domesticity . Oppression by Optimism . Wisdom and the Weather . The Unmilitary Suffragette . The Romance of Thrift . The Higher Anarchy . The Truth About Education . The Need for Narrowness . The Staleness of the New Schools . The Empire of the Insect An excellent introduction to the world of G.K. Chesteton, this is a volume as pertinent today as it was a century ago.

The Soul of Wit

The Soul of Wit Author G. K. Chesterton
ISBN-10 9780486489193
Year 2012
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Courier Corporation

G. K. Chesterton possessed a keen interest in the English literary tradition and wrote numerous essays on England's greatest playwright. Selected and introduced by Chesterton expert Dale Ahlquist.


Manalive Author G. K. Chesterton
Year 2015-11-16
Pages 80
Language en
Publisher 谷月社

Part I Chapter I A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness, and tore eastward across England, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea. In a million holes and corners it refreshed a man like a flagon, and astonished him like a blow. In the inmost chambers of intricate and embowered houses it woke like a domestic explosion, littering the floor with some professor's papers till they seemed as precious as fugitive, or blowing out the candle by which a boy read "Treasure Island" and wrapping him in roaring dark. But everywhere it bore drama into undramatic lives, and carried the trump of crisis across the world. Many a harassed mother in a mean backyard had looked at five dwarfish shirts on the clothes-line as at some small, sick tragedy; it was as if she had hanged her five children. The wind came, and they were full and kicking as if five fat imps had sprung into them; and far down in her oppressed subconscious she half-remembered those coarse comedies of her fathers when the elves still dwelt in the homes of men. Many an unnoticed girl in a dank walled garden had tossed herself into the hammock with the same intolerant gesture with which she might have tossed herself into the Thames; and that wind rent the waving wall of woods and lifted the hammock like a balloon, and showed her shapes of quaint clouds far beyond, and pictures of bright villages far below, as if she rode heaven in a fairy boat. Many a dusty clerk or cleric, plodding a telescopic road of poplars, thought for the hundredth time that they were like the plumes of a hearse; when this invisible energy caught and swung and clashed them round his head like a wreath or salutation of seraphic wings. There was in it something more inspired and authoritative even than the old wind of the proverb; for this was the good wind that blows nobody harm. Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV Chapter V Part II Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV Chapter V

The Everlasting Man

The Everlasting Man Author G. K. Chesterton
ISBN-10 9780486117386
Year 2012-03-06
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Courier Corporation

Chesterton's view of Christianity — as a blend of philosophy and mythology, satisfying intellect and spirit — applies to his brilliant book, which appeals to readers' heads as well as their hearts.


Heretics Author G. K. Chesterton
ISBN-10 9780486121284
Year 2013-05-09
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Courier Corporation

Focusing on "heretics" — those who pride themselves in their superiority to conservative views — Chesterton appraises prominent figures from the literary and art worlds such as Kipling, Shaw, Wells, and Whistler.

The Outline of Sanity

The Outline of Sanity Author G. K. Chesterton
ISBN-10 9781605700182
Year 2002-09-01
Pages 184
Language en
Publisher IHS Press

As an advocate of Distributism, an early 20th-century school of social thought developed by the author and his colleagues, Chesterton addresses the topics of concentration of wealth, poverty, work, agriculture, machinery, and capital in this famous work. He favored distribution of wealth while being antisocialist; he advocated ownership of private property while being anticapitalist. He argues that the economic order is bound by moral law and that man should be served by the economy rather than serving it.

A Short History of England

A Short History of England Author G. K. Chesterton
ISBN-10 9781775451662
Year 2011-02-01
Pages 227
Language en
Publisher The Floating Press

England's rise to prominence on the world stage over the course of thousands of years is a tumultuous tale that includes equal parts triumph and tragedy. This volume grants readers a first-row seat as the drama unfolds, told with inimitable elegance, insight, and wit by world-renowned British thinker and writer G.K. Chesterton.

Eugenics and Other Evils

Eugenics and Other Evils Author Gilbert Keith Chesterton
ISBN-10 1587420023
Year 2000
Pages 179
Language en
Publisher Inkling Books

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, eugenics, the scientific control of human breeding, was a popular cause within enlightened and progressive segments of the English-speaking world. The New York Times eagerly supported it, gushing about the wonderful "new science." Prominent scientists, such as the plant biologist Luther Burbank, were among its most enthusiastic supporters. And the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations generously funded eugenic research intended to distinguish the 'fit' from the 'unfit.'

The Holiness of G K Chesterton

The Holiness of G K  Chesterton Author William Oddie
ISBN-10 0852447256
Year 2010
Pages 140
Language en

G. K. Chesterton was one of the most provocative and well-loved English writers of the twentieth century. Renowned for his journalism and as an essayist, he was the author of around eighty books, some two hundred short stories, four thousand essays and several plays. His writing ranged from fiction and poetry, to history, philosophy, political, social and literary criticism, theology and Catholic apologetics. From his short stories, his best-known character is the priest-detective Father Brown. Through his writing Chesterton was to have a profound effect on generations of Christians. His own discovery of the Christian religion was achieved with an intellectual rigour which we can say is the hallmark of all his great writings, a category which includes much of his journalism. And though Chesterton never flaunted his personal faith, his passionate commitment to it could emerge at any time. His works reflect a life that was filled with wonder and joy, a constancy in fighting for the Christian faith in a world losing belief, a lifelong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his love for all men, especially for the poor. But are there good grounds for considering Gilbert Keith Chesterton for canonisation? On his death, Pope Pius XI described Chesterton as a 'gifted defender of the Catholic Faith', while at his Requiem Mass Monsignor Ronald Knox was to say 'Blessed are they that saw him and were honoured by his friendship. They found in him a living example of charity, of chivalry, of unbelievable humility which will remain with them, perhaps as a more effective document of Catholic verity than any word even he wrote.' The late Cardinal Emmett Carter described G. K. Chesterton, on the fiftieth anniversary of his death, as one of those 'holy lay persons' who have exercised a truly prophetic role within the Church and the world. He did not then, although later he changed his mind, believe that it would be possible to introduce a cause for his ultimate canonisation, since he did 'not think that we are sufficiently emancipated from certain concepts of sanctity' to be able to contemplate such a thing. In this book, a range of distinguished contributors contemplate just that. We all know that he was an enormously good man as well as an enormous one. My point is that he was more than that. There was a special integrity and blamelessness about him, a special devotion to the good and to justice ... Above all, there was that breathtaking, intuitive (almost angelic) possession of the Truth and awareness of the supernatural which only a truly holy person can enjoy. This was the gift of heroic intelligence and understanding - and of heroic prophecy. He was a giant, spiritually as well as physically. Has there ever been anyone quite like him in Catholic history? Professor J J Scarisbrick