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G. K. Chesterton was born in 1874. He attended the Slade School of Art, where he appears to have suffered a nervous breakdown, before turning his hand to journalism. A prolific writer throughout his life, his best- known books include The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922), The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) and the Father Brown stories. Chesterton converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922 and died in 1938.
You can count the priests who have also been sleuths in the history of mystery writing on the fingers of two hands but none have proved as endearing as Father Brown, who has recently graced our TV screens portrayed by Mark Williams (and Kenneth More in an earlier incarnation). Plump, shambolic and badly-dressed, the mild-mannered Catholic priest solved his often puzzling cases by putting himself in the minds of murderers minds and understanding their humanity and is now considered an all-time classic. The whole series is now reissued and also includes The Wisdom of Father Brown, The Incredulity of Father Brown, The Secret of Father Brown and The Scandal of Father Brown. If you haven't somehow come across the character of Father Brown before, I envy you the exhilarating discovery you are about to make.
Dieses eBook wurde mit einem funktionalen Layout erstellt und sorgfaltig formatiert. Die Ausgabe ist mit interaktiven Inhalt und Begleitinformationen versehen, einfach zu navigieren und gut gegliedert. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Journalist. In seinen Romanen, Essays und Kurzgeschichten setzte sich Chesterton intensiv mit modernen Philosophien und Denkrichtungen auseinander. Bekannt sind seine oft gewagten Gedankensprnge und sein Zusammenbringen scheinbar unvereinbarer Ideen, oft mit berraschenden Ergebnissen. Inhalt:Verteidigung des SchundromansVerteidigung des UnsinnsVerteidigung der PlanetenVerteidigung der PosseVerteidigung der DemutVerteidigung unberlegter GelbdeVerteidigung von GerippenVerteidigung der ffentlichkeitVerteidigung von Porzellan-SchferinnenVerteidigung ntzlicher InformationVerteidigung der HeraldikVerteidigung hlicher DingeVerteidigung des SlangVerteidigung der KinderanbetungVerteidigung von DetektivgeschichtenVerteidigung des PatriotismusAus dem Buch:"e;Wenn wir dieser phantastischen Laune nachgeben wollten, wrde es schwerer halten, sich vorzustellen, durch welche entsetzliche Deutung oder welch wildes Bild des Weltalls diese erste Verfolgung heraufbeschworen ward, was fr eines berraschenden Gedankens Geheimnis unter den grausamen Steinen begraben liegt."e;
Dieses eBook wurde mit einem funktionalen Layout erstellt und sorgfaltig formatiert. Die Ausgabe ist mit interaktiven Inhalt und Begleitinformationen versehen, einfach zu navigieren und gut gegliedert. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Journalist. In seinen Romanen, Essays und Kurzgeschichten setzte sich Chesterton intensiv mit modernen Philosophien und Denkrichtungen auseinander. Bekannt sind seine oft gewagten Gedankensprnge und sein Zusammenbringen scheinbar unvereinbarer Ideen, oft mit berraschenden Ergebnissen. Inhalt:Romane:Der Mann, der Donnerstag warMenschenskindErzhlungen:Das blaue KreuzDas HundeorakelDer geheime GartenIsrael Gows EhreDer UnsichtbareMigestaltetDie verdchtigen TritteDie SternschnuppenDie Snden des Prinzen SaradinDer Hammer GottesDas Zeichen des zerbrochenen SchwertesDie drei TodeswerkzeugeEin Pfeil vom HimmelDer geflgelte DolchDas Verhngnis der DarnawaysDas Wunder in der MondstraeDas goldene KreuzEssay:Verteidigung des Unsinns, der Demut, des Schundromans und anderer miachteter Dinge
The Complete Father Brown Mysteries includes 24 stories featuring G. K. Chesterton's eponymous Roman Catholic sleuth. These mysteries are the original source material for the current hit BBC TV show Father Brown starring Mark Williams. Chesterton's priest-sleuth was loosely based on Father John O'Connor, a parish priest in Bradford, who was involved in Chesterton's conversion to Catholicism in 1922. By bringing murder and mayhem into the genteel setting of a village parish, Chesterton pioneered the 'cozy' mystery genre which Agatha Christie and others would further develop in subsequent decades.
This is the second of five books of short stories about G. K. Chesterton's fictional detective, first published in 1914. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality, despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and civilized clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John OConnor (1870 - 1952), a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Father Brown is a fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur sleuth created in the early 20th century by English novelist G. K. Chesterton. Father Brown is featured in a series of 53 short stories where he solves mysteries and crimes using his intuition and keen understanding of human nature. The character was loosely based by Chesterton on The Rt Rev. John Monsignor O'Connor (1870-1952), a parish priest in Bradford, who was involved in Chesterton's conversion to Catholicism in 1922. Chesterton portrays Father Brown as a short, stumpy Roman Catholic priest, with shapeless clothes, a large umbrella, and an uncanny insight into human evil. In "e;The Head of Caesar"e; he is "e;formerly priest of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in London"e;. He makes his first appearance in the story "e;The Blue Cross"e; and continues to appear throughout forty-eight short stories in five volumes, with two more stories discovered and published posthumously, often assisted in his crime-solving by the reformed criminal M. Hercule Flambeau. Father Brown also appears in a third story - making a total of fifty-one - that did not appear in the five volumes published in Chesterton's lifetime, "e;The Donnington Affair"e;, which has a curious history. In the October 1914 issue of an obscure magazine, The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of the story, then invited a number of detective story writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the mystery of the murder described. Chesterton and Father Brown's solution followed in the November issue. The story was first reprinted in the Chesterton Review (Winter), 1981, pp. 1-35 in the book Thirteen Detectives. Unlike the better-known fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown's methods tend to be intuitive rather than deductive. He explains his method in "e;The Secret of Father Brown"e;: "e;You see, I had murdered them all myself.... I had planned out each of the crimes very carefully.
The Man Who Knew Too Much is a book of detective stories by English writer G. K. Chesterton, published in 1922 by Cassell and Company in the United Kingdom, and Harper Brothers in the United States. The book contains eight connected short stories about "e;The Man Who Knew Too Much"e;, and additional unconnected stories featuring separate heroes/detectives. The United States edition contained one of these additional stories: "e;The Trees of Pride"e;, while the United Kingdom edition contained "e;Trees of Pride"e; and three more, shorter stories: "e;The Garden of Smoke"e;, "e;The Five of Swords"e; and "e;The Tower of Treason"e;. Horne Fisher, "e;The Man Who Knew Too Much"e;, is the main protagonist of the first eight stories. In the final story, "e;The Vengeance of the Statue"e;, Fisher notes: "e;The Prime Minister is my father's friend. The Foreign Minister married my sister. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is my first cousin."e; Because of these intimate relationships with the leading political figures in the land, Fisher knows too much about the private politics behind the public politics of the day. This knowledge is a burden to him in the eight stories, because he is able to uncover the injustices and corruptions of the murders in each story, but in most cases the real killer gets away with the killing because to bring him openly to justice would create a greater chaos: starting a war, reinciting Irish rebellions or removing public faith in the government.
The Man Who Was Thursday is a novel by G. K. Chesterton, first published in 1908. The book is sometimes referred to as a metaphysical thriller. In Edwardian era London, Gabriel Syme is recruited at Scotland Yard to a secret anti-anarchist police corps. Lucian Gregory, an anarchistic poet, lives in the suburb of Saffron Park. Syme meets him at a party and they debate the meaning of poetry. Gregory argues that revolt is the basis of poetry. Syme demurs, insisting the essence of poetry is not revolution but law. He antagonises Gregory by asserting that the most poetical of human creations is the timetable for the London Underground. He suggests Gregory isn't really serious about anarchism, which so irritates Gregory that he takes Syme to an underground anarchist meeting place, revealing his public endorsement of anarchy is a ruse to make him seem harmless, when in fact he is an influential member of the local chapter of the European anarchist council. The central council consists of seven men, each using the name of a day of the week as a cover; the position of Thursday is about to be elected by Gregory's local chapter. Gregory expects to win the election but just before, Syme reveals to Gregory after an oath of secrecy, that he is a secret policeman. Fearful Syme may use his speech in evidence of a prosecution, Gregory's weakened words fail to convince the local chapter that he is sufficiently dangerous for the job. Syme makes a rousing anarchist speech and wins the vote. He is sent immediately as the chapter's delegate to the central council. In his efforts to thwart the council, Syme eventually discovers that the other five members are also undercover detectives; each was employed just as mysteriously and assigned to defeat the Council. They soon find out they were fighting each other and not real anarchists; such was the mastermind plan of their president, Sunday. In a surreal conclusion, Sunday is unmasked as only seeming to be terrible;
This book, contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work. Here you will find the complete Father Brown stories in the chronological order of their original publication. - The Innocence of Father Brown- The Wisdom of Father Brown- The Donnington Affair- The Incredulity of Father Brown- The Secret of Father Brown- The Scandal of Father Brown- The Mask of Midas
The Club of Queer Trades is a collection of stories by G. K. Chesterton first published in 1905. Each story in the collection is centered on a person who is making his living by some novel and extraordinary means (a "e;queer trade"e;, using the word "e;queer"e; in the sense of "e;peculiar"e;). To gain admittance one must have invented a unique means of earning a living and the subsequent trade being the main source of income. The framing narrative by "e;Cherub"e; Swinburne describes his quest for The Club of Queer Trades with his friend Basil Grant, a retired judge, and Rupert Grant, a private detective who is Basil's younger brother. Each of the stories describes their encounter with one of the trades. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown: While investigating a case of assault brought by Major Brown, Rupert Grant, the private detective, and his brother Basil stumble upon the Adventure and Romance Agency, Limited, an agency that creates adventures for its clients. The story is notable for prefiguring the concept of the alternate reality game. The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation: Basil Grant investigates Wimpole, the great raconteur. The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit: "e;Cherub"e; Swinburne is asked to investigate the mysterious assault on the Vicar of Chuntsey. The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent: Basil Grant investigates the mystery of Lieutenant Keith, whose house, "e;The Elms"e;, Buxton Common, cannot be found. The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd: Basil Grant finds out why Professor Chadd insists on dancing. The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady: Rupert Grant rescues a lady from her kidnappers but cannot understand why she refuses to be rescued. The answer leads to the final unveiling of the mystery of The Club of Queer Trades.
G.K. Chesterton was a prolific writer on many topics. His views of history were always from the standpoint of men and their interactions, and it may fairly be said he saw all of history as a battle between civilization and barbarism. So it has always been, and that remains true even today. "e;But it is especially in the matter of the Middle Ages that the popular histories trample upon the popular traditions. In this respect there is an almost comic contrast between the general information provided about England in the last two or three centuries, in which its present industrial system was being built up, and the general information given about the preceding centuries, which we call broadly medieval."e;As this quotation taken from the Introduction clearly shows, he is no mere pedant reciting dry dates and locations, but a profound thinker flooding new light onto those modern "e;myths"e; that have filled our histories. He is a master of paradox, and the technique of reducing his opponents' arguments to the logical absurdity they have inherent in them. He often turns them upside down. All of which makes his work both a sound subject for reflection and highly entertaining all the while it remains permanently timely.
Five full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of short stories by GK Chesterton, starring Leslie French as Father Brown and Willie Rushton as Chesterton. Short, shabby and unassuming, Roman Catholic priest Father Brown is an unlikely investigator. But his keen mind and understanding of human nature enable him to solve cases featuring a master criminal and a precious silver relic; a theft at an exclusive hotel; a strange tower and an even stranger story; black magic - and white magic; and a murdered judge. Created in 1910, Father Brown inhabited the pages of over fifty short stories before appearing in adaptations for film, radio, theatre and television, including his recent incarnation in the hit BBC TV series starring Mark Williams in the title role. The stories in this collection are The Blue Cross (08/05/1974); The Queer Feet (05/06/1974); The Perishing of the Pendragons (26/06/1974); The Dagger with Wings (10/07/1974) and The Mirror of the Magistrate (31/07/1974). Leslie French stars as Father Brown, with Willie Rushton as GK Chesterton and Francis de Wolff as Flambeau. Classic Radio Crime: presenting vintage detectives for your investigation! Duration: 3 hours 45 mins approx.
El conjunto de los relatos del padre Brown, escrito a lo largo de mas de veinte anos, constituye quiza la obra mas popular de Chesterton. El simpatico cura-detective que los protagoniza resuelve en ellos, armado unicamente con su paraguas, su inocencia y su sabiduria, intrincados casos gracias a un conocimiento sencillo a la par que profundo de la naturaleza humana. Frente a la destruccin sistemtica de la razn, propia del escepticismo y el relativismo de la Europa de inicios del siglo XX, Chesterton crea este singular personaje --basado en su amigo el sacerdote irlands John O'Connor y que es ya parte del imaginario de la cultura inglesa junto a otras figuras detectivescas como Sherlock Holmes o Hercules Poirot-- para mostrar que slo una mirada sincera y que reconozca el misterio que la realidad encierra es capaz de salvaguardar la razn. Adems de los cinco relatos ampliamente conocidos, el presente volumen incluye otros tres que no aparecieron en las ediciones originales: El caso Donnington, publicado en The Premier Magazine, La vampiresa del pueblo, aparecido en Strand Magazine y probablemente el primer relato de una nueva coleccin, y La mscara de Midas, texto en el que Chesterton estaba trabajando cuando le sobrevino su enfermedad final en 1936.
In 1904, Great Britain was at the height of its prosperity; but G. K. Chesterton saw the drudgery of capitalism and bureaucracy eating away at the eccentricity and spontaneity of the human spirit. In The Napoleon of Notting Hill, his first novel, Chesterton creates a witty satire of staid government, set in a London of the future. Auberon Quinn, a common clerk who looks like a cross between a baby and an owl and is often seen standing on his head, is one day told that he has been randomly selected to be His Majesty the King. He decides to turn London into a medieval carnival for his own amusement-with delightful results.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul's, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. This short writing deals with the European national and political dynamics before WWI. (Excerpt from Goodreads)