G. K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian KerG. K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker

G. K. Chesterton: A Biography

byIan Ker

Paperback | October 15, 2012

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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 arguesthat 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, especiallyDickens. 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 formidableapologist 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 It draws on many unpublished letters and papers to evoke Chesterton's joyful humour, his humility and affinity to the common man, and his love of the ordinary things of life.
Dr. Ian Ker is in the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford.
Title:G. K. Chesterton: A BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Early Years2. Publishing and Engagement3. Marriage and Fame4. Controversy5. Dickens6. Orthodoxy7. Shaw and Beaconsfield8. Father Brown and the Marconi Scandal9. The Victorian Compromise and Illness10. War and Travel11. America and Conversation12. The Everlasting Man13. Distributism and Apologetics14. Rome and America Again15. The Last Years

Editorial Reviews

"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 13/05/2011