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The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton: Illustrated London News, 1929-1931 (Collected Works of Gk Chesterton) [Paperback]

The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton: Illustrated London News, 1929-1931 (Collected Works of Gk Chesterton) [Paperback]

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Pages   650
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.32" Height: 1.48"
Weight:   1.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1992
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  0898703670  
EAN  9780898703672  

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Volumes 27 through 37 are collected columns from The Illustrated London NewsMost of the weekly articles Chesterton wrote for The Illustrated London News have never been printed in book form until Ignatius Press undertook to do the collected works. These volumes contain all of Chesterton's columns in The Illustrated London News, beginning in 1905. The great majority have never appeared in book form. Chesterton lovers will be delighted to find this treasure filled with jewels quite the match of his best writing.

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More About G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton P. D. James is the bestselling author of many celebrated literary mystery novels. She served in the Police and Criminal Justice departments of Great Britain's Home Office, and in 1991 she was made a life peer as Baroness James of Holland Park. She lives in London and Oxford.

G. K. Chesterton lived in London. G. K. Chesterton was born in 1874 and died in 1936.

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Too Bad It Had to End!  Mar 1, 2006
This is the last volume in the Ignatius Chesterton Collected Works series. The material here differs a bit from earlier volumes of his ILN essays, in that he jests a bit less often, and more noticeably, he hammers and hammers on one theme: the sloppy, superficial, lazy and irrational thinking that he sees underlying every popular trend in Western culture. Regardless of his subject--feminism, American culture (too materialistic, but as truly a democratic nation as ever there was), education, communism--Chesterton is relentless in pointing out the absurd arguments and conclusions of his opponents. I thought the two most striking trends he observes throughout these years were--

1. A world that is devolving from Puritanism to paganism, and seeing a resurgence in religion at the same time. This is interesting because the cultural clash between secular and religious elements in the West today developed out of this period.

2. An American culture that is overwhelming European culture because of its size, energy, and commercial success. GKC is concerned that America's "commercial optimism" will devalue more important aspects of Western thinking and values.

But GKC has so much to say about everything, it's hard to summarize his observations. On September 27, 1930, he reflected on his 25th anniversary with the ILN. He concludes that essay with a great expression of his most fundamental beliefs--

"For I have always believed, in a sense not understood by either Puritan or Pagan, in the Simple Life. Only it is a simplicity of the heart and not of the dress or diet, and the essence of it is thanks. The new Puritan will not give thanks for wine or drink it, and the new Pagan will drink it without giving thanks..."
Classic Chesterton  Apr 21, 2000
In my opinion, the essay is the literary form where Chesterton's brilliance shines the brightest, and so these Illustrated News collections make for great reading. This volume, containing the columns from 1929-1931, is one of my favorites because he deals with a greater diversity of topics than, say, during the WWI years.

Chesterton was never afraid to poke fun at his own self or reputation, and in one of the first and funniest essays in the collection, titled " If I Was a Preacher," he remarks that a Utopia would be a place where he would be gagged and rendered speechless. He moves on in subsequent columns to confront the ideas of the era: the rise of Darwinism and scientism, the emergence of psychology and sociology as serious science, gender politics, prohibition, etc. Among the personalities he remarks on are H.L. Mencken, Clarence Darrow, Abraham Lincoln, T.S. Eliot, and Albert Einstein. Chesterton is especially entertaining when writing about modernism, and the myopia of a society which considered itself superior just because it was modern. There are a dozen or so essays on that alone. They make interesting reading because they are so applicable to the 21st century world, too.

For example: in a column here from August 1931, GKC satirizes the "modern" logic that says that marriage vows went out with Victorian dresses; he reasons that Socratic ideals must have gone out with long tunics, or that Spinoza's mathematics no longer made sense when he took off his shirt. Even those long familiar with Chesterton will find provocative and surprising reading here.


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