What I Saw in America

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The Floating Press, Mar 1, 2011 - Travel - 263 pages
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Like many writers and thinkers of his era, British author G.K. Chesterton toured the United States to get a clearer sense of the country's culture and zeitgeist. The collection What I Saw in America offers Chesterton's impressions of the U.S. in the early twentieth century. Part travelogue, part cultural critique, and part historical analysis, this unique volume is a must-read for Chesterton fans or those with an interest in American history.
 

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Contents

What is America?
4
A Meditation in a New York Hotel
19
A Meditation in Broadway
31
Irish and Other Interviewers
43
Some American Cities
57
In the American Country
71
The American Business Man
85
Presidents and Problems
105
The Republican in the Ruins
167
Is the Atlantic Narrowing?
178
Lincoln and Lost Causes
189
Wells and the World State
200
A New Martin Chuzzlewit
215
The Spirit of America
227
The Spirit of England
238
The Future of Democracy
250

Prohibition in Fact and Fancy
125
Fads and Public Opinion
140
The Extraordinary American
156
Endnotes
262
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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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