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G. K. Chesterton: A Biography

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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 argues that Chesterton should be seen as the successor of the great Victorian prose writer ...more
Hardcover, 747 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 21st 2011)
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Alex Stroshine
Ian Ker's "G.K. Chesterton: A Biography", is an exhaustive exploration of the life and legacy of one of the greatest Christian thinkers and writers of the last 20th century. Many Christians today know C.S. Lewis as a brilliant apologist and storyteller but Chesterton (whose book "The Everlasting Man" helped lead Lewis back to faith) was just as good. With this scholarly biography of Chesterton now available, hopefully there will be a resurgence of interest in Chesterton.

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At almost 700 pages, this tome is almost as large as Chesterton (six footer and three hundred pounder).

Ker, who has written extensively on presence of Catholics and Catholicism from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, also wrote a monumental biography of John Henry Newman. Each alone is a monumental achievement, and taken together, they are breath-taking. (I perused the Newman in a book store and I intend to read it as well one day.)

If one looks at the critical reception of this biography, o

I love GKC. I only wish he could have seen the beautiful paradox of God's sovereign will over the wills of free men. That is to say, Calvinism.

Nevertheless, it's clear GKC's reaction was a visceral one, and a reaction born in, I think, a misunderstanding.

Ha.... he would not like me right now! :) No, he'd probably laugh me off or make an astute pun or something of the kind. Oh GK! How I love you!
This is truly excellent. 700 pages of GKC biography. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole ride.
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Reverend Ian Ker is the leading authority on the thought and writings of John Henry Newman. As the author and editor of more than twenty books on Newman, Rev. Ker is renowned for his expertise on Newman’s life, career in education, philosophy, theology, and writing.

Father Ian Ker teaches theology at Oxford University, where he is a Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford, and a member of the
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“After one of the lectures in Philadelphia, a woman asked Chesterton what made women talk so much, to which he replied, briefly, 'God, Madam'.” 2 likes
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