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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (12 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755116704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755116706
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GK Chesterton was born in London in 1874 and educated at St Paul's School, before studying art at the Slade School. In 1896, he began working for the London publisher, Redway, and also T. Fisher Unwin as a reader where he remained until 1902. During this time he undertook his first freelance journalistic assignments writing art and literary reviews. He also contributed regular columns to two newspapers: the Speaker (along with his friend Hilaire Belloc) and the Daily News. Throughout his life he contibuted further articles to journals, particularly The Bookman and The Illustrated London News. His first two books were published; two poetry collections, in 1900. These were followed by collections of essays and in 1903 by his most substantial work to that point; a study of Robert Browning. Chesterton's first novel, 'The Napoleon of Notting Hill' was published in 1904. In this book he developed his political attitudes in which he attacked socialism, big business and technology and showed how they become the enemies of freedom and justice. These were themes which were to run throughout his other works. 'The Man who was Thursday' was published in 1908 and is perhaps the novel most difficult to understand, although it is also his most popular. 'The Ball and the Cross' followed in 1910 and 'Manalive' in 1912. Chesterton's best-known fictional character appears in the Father Brown stories, the first of the collection, 'The Innocence of Father Brown', being published in 1911. Brown is a modest Catholic priest who uses careful psychology to put himself in the place of the criminal in order to solve the crime. His output was prolific, with a great variety of books from brilliant studies of Dickens, Shaw, and RL Stevenson to literary criticism. He also produced more poetry and many volumes of political, social and religious essays. Tremendous zest and energy, with a mastery of paradox, puns, a robust humour and forthright devotion along with great intelligence characterise his entire output. In the years prior to 1914 his fame was at its height, being something of a celebrity and seen as a latter day Dr Johnson as he frequented the pubs and offices of Fleet Street. His huge figure was encased in a cloak and wide brimmed hat, with pockets full of papers and proofs. Chesterton came from a nominlly Anglican family and had been baptized into the Church of England. However, he had no particular Christian belief and was in fact agnostic for a time. Nevertheless, in his late

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mg Reynolds on 7 July 2011
These biographies will never be bettered in my view.G K Chesterton wrote the most superb two biographies of two very influential and yet misunderstood Saint's.He clears up the myths and paints a picture of awe-inspiring clarity that shows St Thomas & St Francis as well rounded,fulling functioning human-beings.Many biographies of Saints end up stressing their virtues and ignoring the sinful problems that they had to overcome and basically say that holy men & women are all the same.Chesterton avoids that pitfall that many writers fell into before him and have been falling into ever since.What we see in these works is the context in which St Thomas & St Francis had to operate in.We see how they co-operated with the Grace of God to do the great things that are recalled by history.They are shown as different men doing the Lord's will.It is good to show the flaws in the Saint's as it offers encouragement to the believer as we can see that if they could by Grace overcome their failings and gain salvation then so frankly can we.But I also recommend this book for purchase because I have found since reading the books of the great Chesterton that I think & speak far better as a result.So even if I do not remember 100% of what I have read then it makes a deeper impression than one might first think.But I am certain that any forgetting of the text is caused by my weak memory as Chesterton was never dull.The world had not remembered reason and so needed St Thomas and it needed to be reminded of romance and so God sent St Francis.G K Chesterton was blessed as he brings these two towering figures to life in these timeless biographies.I advise believers & non believers alike to buy & read this book as our own era sadly lacks reason & romance.And Amazon are selling this superb book for a very fair price indeed !
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