The Essential Gilbert K. Chesterton: Fiction, Volume 2

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Wilder Publications, 2008 - Fiction - 364 pages
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Collected here, in one volume are Gilbert K. Chesterton s most influential works of fiction. Harold March, the rising reviewer and social critic, was walking vigorously across a great tableland of moors and commons, the horizon of which was fringed with the far-off woods of the famous estate of Torwood Park. He was a good-looking young man in tweeds, with very pale curly hair and pale clear eyes. Harold March was the sort of man who knows everything about politics, and nothing about politicians. He also knew a great deal about art, letters, philosophy, and general culture; about almost everything, indeed, except the world he was living in. In The Man Who Was Thursday we are transported to a surreal turn-of-the-century London, Gabriel Syme, is recruited to a secret anti-anarchist taskforce at Scotland Yard. Syme manages to infiltrate the anarchists and becomes a local representative to the worldwide Central Council of Anarchists. The Council consists of seven men, each using the name of a day of the week as a code name; Syme is given the name of Thursday. In his efforts to thwart the council's intentions, however, he discovers that five of the other six members are also undercover detectives; and they must chase down the disturbing and whimsical man who calls himself The Peace of God. In Manalive we follow the madcap adventure of Innocent Smith. Innocent Smith is a man who keeps the commandments but breaks all the conventions, and while doing so he shows us just how absurd those conventions are. Follow him as he breaks into his own house, and then carries on a torrid affair with his own wife. Enjoy a picnic on the roof and then leave home just for the sake of returning home. A joyous and uplifting book.
  

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Contents

The Face in the Target
4
The Vanishing Prince
19
The Soul of the Schoolboy
34
The Fad of the Fisherman
58
The Hole in the Wall
72
The Temple of Silence
89
The Vengeance of the Statue
107
Introduction
124
The Unaccountable Conduct of Professor De Worms
166
The Professor Explains
173
The Man in Spectacles
182
The Duel
193
The Criminals Chase the Police
204
The Earth in Anarchy
210
The Pursuit of the President
222
The Six Philosophers
230

The Secret of Gabriel Syme
133
The Man Who Was Thursday
139
The Tale of a Detective
147
The Feast of Fear
154
The Exposure
160
The Accuser
238
The Enigmas of Innocent Smith
246
The Explanations of Innocent Smith
297
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He began his education at St Paul's School, and later went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics. Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in "The Innocence of Father Brown." Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62.

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