G. K. Chesterton: A Biography
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G. K. Chesterton: A Biography

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G. K. Chesterton 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 It draws on many unpublished letters and papers to evoke Chesterton's joyful humour, his humility and affinity to the common man, and his love of the ordinary things of life. Full description
Hardcover, 784 pages
Published April 21st 2011 by OUP Oxford
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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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Phil
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...more
Michael
A biography of the English writer, G.K. Chesterton with the focus on Chesterton the writer. A wonderful work which highlights the themes and foundations of his enormous body of work. I admit that I took a break from it a couple of times as I needed to simply sit with what had been read. A really great book.
Steve
This is truly excellent. 700 pages of GKC biography. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole ride.
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