Overview Provides a close-up look at the life and times of the British novelist, social and literary critic, and theologian.
Publishers Description The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg "and "Papal Sin" captures the many dimensions of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers. Part of a literary circle that included H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Hillaire Belloc, and Max Beerbohm, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) wrote essays of social criticism for contemporary journals, literary criticism (including notable books on Browning, Dickens, and Shaw), and works of theology and religious argument, but may have been best known for his Father Brown mysteries. Chesterton's interest in Catholic Christianity, first expressed in "Orthodoxy," led to his conversion from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1922. His classic "Saint Francis of Assisi" and the equally acclaimed "Saint Thomas Aquinas" confirmed his reputation as a writer with the rare ability to simultaneously entertain, inform, and enlighten readers. This revised edition of Garry Wills's finely crafted biography includes updates to the text and a new Introduction by the author.
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Commonweal - 01/25/2002 page 23
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Release Date Sep 4, 2001
ISBN 0385502907 ISBN13 9780385502900
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More About Garry Wills
Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Garry Wills was born in 1934 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Northwestern University.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Chesterton?
biased Mar 4, 2007
This work is written by a radical who opposes Church teachings. Wills allows his own opinions to influence his scholarship. See much better accounts by Chesterton himself, Ahlquist, or many other reliable biographers.
read instead the �Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton� Jan 21, 2004
There's no new ground covered here, which is a major flaw for a work by an "historian; moreover, the author's writing style is hackneyed, and that's in its most readable passages. Also, Chesterton was an Orthodox Catholic, where the author of this work is not - their perspectives are at polar ends. Chesterton probably would have been appalled to have such an adversary of the Church to be so bold as to write about his life.
If you want to know Chesterton read his "Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton".
Wills on Chesterton May 14, 2002
Chesterton is one of the most towering intellectual writers of the 20th century. Garry Wills does an amazing feat in exploring the literary development of Chesterton (instead of a normal biography as the events of one's life.) Reading Wills' book really illuminates the genius of Chesterton through his works and is a must read for all Chesterton fans.
Wills on Chesterton May 12, 2002
G.K. Chesterton has to be one of the most towering figures of the 20th Century. He has a paradoxical quote for almost every subject. This, however, is not a typical biography of events tempered with anecdotes to keep the reader's interest. Rather, Garry Wills ventures to chart Chesterton's intellectual development through his works. After reading Wills' [literary] biography, you have to wonder how society has forgotten perhaps the greatest writer of prose, not to mention greatest mind, the past century has seen. Read this book and marvel...