G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), referred to as G. K. Chesterton, was an English journalist, essayist, and novelist. He's best known today for his Father Brown mysteries and Christian writings. His books Orthodoxy, Heretics, and Everlasting Man are considered classics as are his biographies of St. Francis, Thomas Aquinas and Charles Dickens. His essays throughout the early 20th century were far-sighted and continue profoundly relevant for our hyper-modern times

His best-known novels are The Man Who Was Thursday and Manalive. Both are whimsical tales of adventure and mystery, with Chesterton's social commentary and moral philosophy uniquely and wonderfully interwoven.

Chesterton was also a prolific poet. Many of his poems are satires and short verse on common day events. His best-known poem is the epic Ballad of the White Horse, which recounts King Alfred's battles with invaders over 1200 years ago.

Many of Chesterton's works are available online. Ignatius Press is in the process of releasing his "Collected Works" - a set of 37 volumes. The list below has several of his best works

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TitleRankPeriodLevelType
Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
Spectacular, profound, wonderful look at the world and people God made, by one of the early 20th century's most influential authors. Life-changing... [More]
Not History
Related
Secondary
& Adult
Philosophy &
Religion
Heretics by G. K. Chesterton
In response to many of his modern contemporaries, Chesterton takes readers back to the fundamentals; describing some of a Christian's core beliefs and capturing the essence of the Christian experience. From EveryGoodBook's all-time Top 10 list. [More]
1800's to
Modern
Secondary
& Adult
Philosophy &
Religion
St. Francis by G. K. Chesterton
Story of St. Francis and medieval Europe in Chesterton's unique, whimsical style. Not so much a biography, as a reflection on human nature and the... [More]
Middle Ages
600-1300
Secondary
& Adult
Biography
The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton
Chesterton's world history survey. A philosophical tour de force centered on Jesus Christ as the center of all human history. [More]
Not History
Related
Secondary
& Adult
Philosophy &
Religion
St. Thomas Aquinas by G. K. Chesterton
Delightful book describing medieval society and one of the West's most important figure - Thomas Aquinas. Not your typical biography, but a... [More]
Middle Ages
600-1300
Secondary
& Adult
Biography
Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to... [More]
Modern
1900-present
Secondary
& Adult
Literature
Manalive by G. K. Chesterton
Manalive pits a group of disillusioned young people against Mr. Innocent Smith, a bubbly, high-spirited gentleman who literally falls into... [More]
Modern
1900-present
Secondary
& Adult
Literature
The Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton
Father Brown, one of the most quirkily genial and lovable characters to emerge from English detective fiction, first made his appearance in... [More]
Modern
1900-present
MiddleLiterature
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to... [More]
Modern
1900-present
MiddleLiterature
Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton
An Epic poem depicting the bravery and wisdom of King Alfred as he and the British warriors fight the dreaded Norsemen. Simply beautiful to read and... [More]
Middle Ages
600-1300
MiddleHistorical
Fiction