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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1903)
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Douglas
One thing this prescient book achieves--and possibly the reason Chesterton wrote it--is to show just how varied such types can be. Our own time (and he must have foreseen it) for all it's electronic wizardry and lightening communication, is devoid of much true diversity of personality, talent and perspective. The infantile nature of modern political debate is a perfect example. Really, there is no debate at all, just cartoonish demonizing of one's opponent. Nor is there any particular yearning f...more
Ronald Wise

This book was a rewarding jump back in time. A collection of twenty essays, ten of which had been previously published in the 1890s as Ten Types, republished in this edition with a few more essays written by Chesterton while he was an opinion columnist at London's Daily News� in 1903. They all focus on famous individuals as critiques of one sort or another - either discussing their works and legacy in the case of creative set, or their contribution to the evolution of humanity for those known fo

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Ellen
First Chesterton in a while. Loved it.

"We look at the rise of Christianity, and conceive it as a rise of self-abnegation and almost of pessimism. It does not occur to us that the mere assertion that this raging and counfounding universe is governed by justice and mercy is a piece of staggering optimism fit to set all men capering."
Todd
This is Chesterton's review of (mostly near-contemporary) notables: authors, artists, monarchs, and so on. There are a few nuggets worth reading contained in it, but mostly it's composed of Chesterton's usual upside-down observations on people and events, providing his usual unusual perspective.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) cannot be summed up in one sentence. Nor in one paragraph. In fact, in spite of the fine biographies that have been written of him (and his Autobiography), he has never been captured between the covers of one book. But rather than waiting to separate the goats from the sheep, let’s just come right out and say it: G.K. Chesterton was the best writer of the twent...more
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