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Twelve Types: A Collection of Mini-Biographies

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G. K. Chesterton's biographical essays provide unique portraits of 12 of Europe's most defining figures. Written by one of the world's master essayists, this collection richly expresses Chesterton's thoughts on Charlotte Brontë, William Morris, Byron, Pope, St. Francis of Assisi, Rostand, Charles II, Stevenson, Thomas Carlyle, Tolstoy, Savonarola, and Sir Walter Scott. The ...more
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Published December 1st 2002 by Ihs Press (first published 1902)
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Jim
Feb 19, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing
Whenever I feel that the shadows are gathering around me, and all my efforts are coming to naught, I pick up a volume of G.K. Chesterton and find that I've just been looking at things through the wrong end of the telescope.

Twelve Types: A Collection of Mini-Biographies is ostensibly a collection of essays on literary subjects. I don't know why the subtitle refers to "Mini-Biographies," because GKC is not interested in biographies. Instead he concentrates on how we see the world around us, as su
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John
There's no one I'd rather read literary criticism from than G.K. Chesterton. True, he doesn't usually deal in hard facts or provide much in the way of evidential support for his arguments, but what he does do is give you tons of interesting ideas to mull over, and he presents them in some of the most eloquent, sophisticated prose I've ever seen.
The title for this book is wrong. In no way could these essays be construed as "mini-biographies." They are simply Chesterton's thoughts on a dozen diffe
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Erunion
Mar 21, 2012 Erunion rated it really liked it
Chesterton is not the sort of writer you read for logical argument. You will find no brilliantly set forth syllogisms. You will find no premises that support their conclusions. Nor will you find a brilliant explanation of a fallacy that will completely devastate the other side. Chesterton is not that sort of writer.

Rather, in him you find a writer with brilliant, and witty, insights. Chesterton is the sort of author that does not change your conclusions, but instead he changes the very way you t
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Kenneth
Nov 28, 2014 Kenneth rated it it was amazing
This little volume, originally published in 1902, is a collection of short pieces Chesterton wrote originally for publication in contemporary periodicals of his day. They are a mix of historical, cultural and literary criticism in content, and left me with an urge to read more of the works of the novelists included - Charlotte Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Leo Tolstoy and Sir Walter Scott. Perhaps I will, although I own a zillion books I have yet to read, so they will have competition for my a ...more
Steve
Aug 16, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
A fine set of cameos - in GKC's inimitable style. Makes me want to read Scott, Bronte and Pope.
Bettie☯
1. CHARLOTTE BRONTË: The Brontë is in the position of the mad lady in a country village; her eccentricities form an endless source of innocent conversation to that exceedingly mild and bucolic circle, the literary world.

2. WILLIAM MORRIS AND HIS SCHOOL: It is proper enough that the unveiling of the bust of William Morris should approximate to a public festival, for while there have been many men of genius in the Victorian era more despotic than he, there have been none so representative.



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Jo
Jul 21, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
I read the chapters on Bronte, Stevenson and Scott. It was very good. I love Chesterton, he always makes me think in ways I've yet to discover. Bronte is my personal favorite, Stevenson is my favorite for children's works, and Scott is a new discovery to me. I would describe him as the male form of an Austin/Bronte mix. Not bad for a good read.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more
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