Author:G. K. Chesterton

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton
(1874–1936)
a prolific English writer of the early 20th century; a popular and an influential writer during this period, inspiring many historic figures with his works. He was notably concerned in what he wrote with religious matters, and was received into the Catholic Church in 1922. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations. For example: "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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Works[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • The Ball and the Cross (1909)
  • Basil Howe (2001) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2048
  • The Club of Queer Trades (1905)
  • Daylight and Nightmare (1986) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2048
  • The Disadvantage of Having Two Heads (1938)) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2033
  • The Flying Inn (1914)
  • For Lovers Only (1929) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2024
  • Four Faultless Felons (1930) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2025
  • How I Found the Superman (Daily News 1909)
  • Manalive (1912)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922)
  • Open book nae 02.svg The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)
  • The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond (1937) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2032
  • The Poet and the Lunatics (1929) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2024
  • The Return of Don Quixote (1927) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2022
  • The Shop of Ghosts (1909)
  • The Sword of Wood (1928) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2023
  • Tales of the Long Bow (1925) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2020
  • Telegraph Poles (1911) from Alarms and Discursions
  • The Trees of Pride (1922)

Plays[edit]

  • Magic: A Fantastic Comedy in a Prelude and Three Acts (1913)
  • The Judgment of Dr. Johnson (1927) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2022
  • The Surprise (1952) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2047
  • The Turkey and the Turk (1930) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2025

Father Brown[edit]

  • The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)
  • The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)
  • The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2021
  • The Secret of Father Brown (1927) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2022
  • Father Brown Omnibus (1929) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2024
  • The Scandal of Father Brown (1935) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2030

Non-fiction[edit]

Biographies[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Anthologized


Selected Poems[edit]

Essays & Other[edit]

Collections of Essays[edit]

  • All I Survey (1933) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2028
  • All is Grist (1931) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2026
  • The Apostle and the Wild Ducks (1975) U.S. public domain selections only
  • As I Was Saying (1936) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2031
  • Avowals and Denials (1934) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2029
  • Chesterton on Shakespeare (1972) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2067
  • Come to Think of It (1930) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2025
  • The Common Man (1950) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2045
  • The End of the Armistice (1940) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2035
  • Fancies Versus Fads (1923) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2018
  • Generally Speaking (1928) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2023
  • The Glass Walking-Stick (1955) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2050
  • A Handful of Authors (1953) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2048
  • On Lying in Bed and Other Essays (2000) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2095
  • Sidelights on New London and Newer York (1932) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2027
  • The Spice of Life and Other Essays (1965) U.S. public domain selections only
  • The Uses of Diversity (1920)
  • Utopia of Usurers and Other Essays (1917)
  • The Well and the Shallows (1935) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2030
  • Where All Roads Lead (1961) — Copyrighted in the United States until (2056)

Speeches & Debates[edit]

  • Culture and the Coming Peril (1927) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2022
  • Do We Agree? (1928) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2023

Other[edit]

  • Preface Love and Freindship and other early works, Austen, J. New York: Stokes. 1922
  • Brave New Family (1990) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2048
  • The Coloured Lands (1938) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2033
  • G.K.C. as M.C. (1929) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2024
  • The Spirit of Christmas (1984) — Copyrighted in the United States until 2048

Works about G. K. Chesterton[edit]

Works available at Wikilivres[edit]

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