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Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908

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On the publication of Orthodoxy in 1908, Wilfrid Ward hailed G. K. Chesterton as a prophetic figure whose thought was to be classed with that Burke, Butler, Coleridge, and John Henry Newman. When Chesterton died in 1936, T. S. Eliot pronounced that 'Chesterton's social and economic ideas were the ideas for his time that were fundamentally Christian and Catholic'. But how d ...more
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published January 15th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 6th 2008)
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William
Aug 27, 2013 William rated it liked it
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This is part of a summer reading project on Chesterton.

Oddie provides something of a hagiography for GK Chesterton as Catholic convert. He pores over the details of GKC's earliest days up to the publication of Orthodoxy, paying special attention to those elements that foreshadow his eventual move to Rome. His concern is to show the development of Chesterton's thought as shown in his writings. Sadly, what is missing is a broader consideration of how Chesterton fits in with his time. Thus, one mee
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The American Conservative
'Oddie, a natural communicator with an impressive mastery of the sources, relates Chesterton’s religious odyssey with fluency. Sometimes, perhaps, there is too much ease in the writing: the text contains repetitions that suggest inadequate revision. A Protestant, moreover, might be inclined to think that the story is told from too Roman a perspective. After all, Chesterton was still an Anglican when he published Orthodoxy in 1908 and remained one until 1922. Even after his conversion, while tota ...more
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Mar 01, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
This covers GKCs early life and conversion - detailed and full and a little slow in places.
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