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Tremendous Trifles is a classic collection of English essays by G.K. Chesterton. Contents: Preface -- Tremendous trifles -- A piece of chalk -- The secret of a train -- The perfect game -- The extraordinary cabman -- An accident -- The advantages of having one leg -- The end of the world -- In the Place de La Bastille -- On lying in bed -- The twelve men -- The wind and the trees -- The Dickensian -- In topsy-turvy land -- What I found in my pocket -- The dragon's grandmother -- The red angel -- The tower -- How I met the president -- The giant -- A great man -- The orthodox barber -- The toy theatre -- A tragedy of twopence -- A cab ride across country -- The two noises -- Some policemen and a moral -- The lion -- Humanity: an interlude -- The little birds who won't sing -- The riddle of the ivy -- The travellers in state -- The prehistoric railway station -- The diabolist -- A glimpse of my country -- A somewhat improbable story -- The shop of ghosts -- The ballade of a strange town -- The mystery of a pageantGilbert Keith Chesterton, (29 May 1874 - 14 June 1936), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox".Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories-first carefully turning them inside out. Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, 5] and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. 4] 6] Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, his "friendly enemy", said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." 4] Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin. Chesterton was born in Campden Hill in Kensington, London, the son of Marie Louise, n e Grosjean, and Edward Chesterton. 8] 9] He was baptised at the age of one month into the Church of England, 10] though his family themselves were irregularly practising Unitarians. 11]According to his autobiography, as a young man Chesterton became fascinated with the occultand, along with his brother Cecil, experimented with Ouija boards. Chesterton was educated at St Paul's School, then attended the Slade School of Art to become an illustrator. The Slade is a department of University College London, where Chesterton also took classes in literature, but did not complete a degree in either subject.In September 1895 Chesterton began working for the London publisher Redway, where he remained for just over a year. 14] In October 1896 he moved to the publishing house T. Fisher Unwin, 14] where he remained until 1902. During this period he also undertook his first journalistic work, as a freelance art and literary critic. In 1902 the Daily News gave him a weekly opinion column, followed in 1905 by a weekly column in The Illustrated London News, for which he continued to write for the next thirty years.Early on Chesterton showed a great interest in and talent for art. He had planned to become an artist, and his writing shows a vision that clothed abstract ideas in concrete and memorable images. Even his fiction contained carefully concealed parables. Father Brown is perpetually correcting the incorrect vision of the bewildered folks at the scene of the crime and wandering off at the end with the criminal to exercise his priestly role of recognition and repentance.

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (29 May 1874 - 14 June 1936) was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox". Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories-first carefully turning them inside out." Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, his "friendly enemy", said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781505542158
ISBN-10: 1505542154
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 15th, 2014
Pages: 132
Language: English