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  • Enthralled by the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian readers around the world developed a fascination with eccentric detectives and bizarre crimes. Featuring an international array of authors and characters, this compilation of 16 short stories...


  • In the October 1914 issue of the British magazine The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of this story, inviting a number of writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the mystery of the murder described. Chesterton...


  • In his first essay, Chesterton describes his understanding of the words Orthodox and Heretic as they apply to, and have changed in, the modern period. Chesterton argues that in modernity, "The word 'orthodoxy' not only no longer means being right; it...


  • Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, Latin: Sanctus Franciscus Assisiensis), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226),was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. ...


  • Early 20th century English author Gilbert Keith Chesterton may be best remembered for his stories which feature the character of an English priest and detective named Father Brown. While the character was based on a real life priest who was involved ...



  • " ...]you how to treat a tiger reasonably-that is, to admire his stripes while avoiding his claws. If you want to treat a tiger reasonably, you must go back to the garden of Eden. 'Orthodoxy.' JANUARY 23rd Some priggish little clerk will say, 'I have...


  • When Flambeau took his month's holiday from his office in Westminster he took it in a small sailing-boat, so small that it passed much of its time as a rowing-boat. He took it, moreover, in little rivers in the Eastern counties, rivers so small that ...


  • On the subject of Browning's work innumerable things have been said and remain to be said; of his life, considered as a narrative of facts, there is little or nothing to say. It was a lucid and public and yet quiet life, which culminated in one great...






  • Rabelais, or his wild illustrator Gustave Dore, must have had something to do with the designing of the things called flats in England and America. There is something entirely Gargantuan in the idea of economising spacng houses on top of each other, ...


  • I have never managed to lose my old conviction that travel narrows the mind. At least a man must make a double effort of moral humility and imaginative energy to prevent it from narrowing his mind. Indeed there is something touching and even tragic a...


  • •This classic collection is lushly illustrated with more than 80 photographs to enrich the readers experience.Father Brown is a short, nondescript Roman Catholic priest whose insight into human evil makes him gifted at solving crimes. Unlike Sherlo...


  • "My head went round and round. Was it really true, as I had suddenly fancied a moment before, that unmarried ladies had some dreadful riotous society of their own from which all others were excluded? I remembered dimly in my classical days (I was a s...


  • I made several apoplectic efforts to rise, but the servant was on top of me so heavily that Greenwood could afford to leave me to him. He turned quickly to come to reinforce the two who were mastering Basil. The latter's head was already sinking lowe...


  • Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have ende...


  • The little village of Bohun Beacon was perched on a hill so steep that the tall spire of its church seemed only like the peak of a small mountain. At the foot of the church stood a smithy, generally red with fires and always littered with hammers and...


  • It was extremely late when we left the Chadds, and it is an extremely long and tiresome journey from Shepherd's Bush to Lambeth. This may be our excuse for the fact that we (for I was stopping the night with Grant) got down to breakfast next day at a...


  • "Bosh," he said. "On what else is the whole world run but immediate impressions? What is more practical? My friend, the philosophy of this world may be founded on facts, its business is run on spiritual impressions and atmospheres. Why do you refuse ...


  • If you meet a member of that select club, "The Twelve True Fishermen," entering the Vernon Hotel for the annual club dinner, you will observe, as he takes off his overcoat, that his evening coat is green and not black. If (supposing that you have the...


  • "Oh, you jolly old early Christian duffer," cried Rupert, in a sort of rapture, "I don't wonder you couldn't be a judge. You think every one as good as yourself. Isn't the thing plain enough now? A doubtful acquaintance; rowdy stories, a most suspici...


  • Rabelais, or his wild illustrator Gustave Dore, must have had something to do with the designing of the things called flats in England and America. There is something entirely Gargantuan in the idea of economising space by piling houses on top of eac...


  • "I think," said Sir Leopold, with a supercilious smile, "that Ruby means a Socialist." "A radical does not mean a man who lives on radishes," remarked Crook, with some impatience; "and a Conservative does not mean a man who preserves jam. Neither, I ...


  • Born in London, Chesterton was educated at St. Paul's, but never went to college. He went to art school. 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....


  • "You mean the information is wrong?" asked Father Brown. "Wrong," replied the other, "and wrong exactly where Dr Hirsch would have been right-about the hiding-place of his own secret formula in his own official department. By favour of Hirsch and the...


  • "What on earth is that?" asked Father Brown, and stood still. "Oh, a new religion," said Flambeau, laughing; "one of those new religions that forgive your sins by saying you never had any. Rather like Christian Science, I should think. The fact is th...


  • "I suppose," said Father Brown, turning up his coat-collar and drawing a woollen scarf rather closer round his neck, "that we are approaching a pleasure resort." "I fear," answered Flambeau, "a pleasure resort to which few people just now have the pl...


  • Father Brown took a small book out of his pocket and began to read steadily; he betrayed no consciousness of the fact that the red-haired lady had left her own table and sat down opposite him. At last she leaned over and said in a low, strong voice: ...


  • A stormy evening of olive and silver was closing in, as Father Brown, wrapped in a grey Scotch plaid, came to the end of a grey Scotch valley and beheld the strange castle of Glengyle. It stopped one end of the glen or hollow like a blind alley; and ...


  • Before Father Brown could turn in his heavy boots Seymour was plunging about the room looking for the weapon. And before he could possibly find that weapon or any other, a brisk running of feet broke upon the pavement outside, and the square face of ...






  • "What sentimentalists men of science are " exclaimed Father Brown, "and how much more sentimental must American men of science be Who but a Yankee would think of proving anything from heart-throbs? Why, they must be as sentimental as a man who think...


  • THE great Muscari, most original of the young Tuscan poets, walked swiftly into his favourite restaurant, which overlooked the Mediterranean, was covered by an awning and fenced by little lemon and orange trees. Waiters in white aprons were already l...


  • FATHER BROWN was in no mood for adventures. He had lately fallen ill with over-work, and when he began to recover, his friend Flambeau had taken him on a cruise in a small yacht with Sir Cecil Fanshaw, a young Cornish squire and an enthusiast for Cor...


  • G.K. Chesterton was an English writer often referred to as "the prince of paradox." Chesterton wrote on a variety of different subjects including mystery fiction, religion, and literary critiques. Chesterton is best known for creating the priest-dete...


  • The librarian turned to him and seemed to forget my presence; he was strongly moved and, I think, a little heated with wine. "I don't know how you know it, Father Brown," he said, "but you are right. He lets the whole world do everything for him-exce...


  • FATHER BROWN was walking home from Mass on a white weird morning when the mists were slowly lifting-one of those mornings when the very element of light appears as something mysterious and new. The scattered trees outlined themselves more and more ou...


  • The short story is often viewed as an inferior relation to the Novel. But it is an art in itself. To take a story and distil its essence into fewer pages while keeping character and plot rounded and driven is not an easy task. Many try and many fail....


  • The thousand arms of the forest were grey, and its million fingers silver. In a sky of dark green-blue-like slate the stars were bleak and brilliant like splintered ice. All that thickly wooded and sparsely tenanted countryside was stiff with a bitte...


  • Both by calling and conviction Father Brown knew better than most of us, that every man is dignified when he is dead. But even he felt a pang of incongruity when he was knocked up at daybreak and told that Sir Aaron Armstrong had been murdered. There...


  • Despite his prosaic appearance and generally practical walk of life, Father Brown was not without a certain streak of romance in his composition, though he generally kept his daydreams to himself, as many children do. Amid the brisk, bright colours o...


  • The rest of the group made increased haste towards the lodge-gates, where an inspector and two constables could already be seen in consultation with the lodge-keeper. But the little priest only walked slower and slower in the dim cloister of pine, an...


  • All the Father Brown stories from five classic volumes -- in one definitive edition With his cherubic face and unworldly simplicity, his glasses and huge umbrella, Father Brown is one of the most unforgettable characters in literature. The Complet...


  • This text includes the entire short story "The Blue Cross" by G. K. Chesterton as well as extensive study material by Nancy Carpentier Brown. "The Blue Cross" was Chesterton's first Father Brown mystery, in which he introduced the reader to Father Br...


  • You are in for a rare treat.The three stories in this book, while part of the scholarly “Father Brown” canon, were never published in any of the five anthologies which comprise the stories normally available to the general public. The ...


  • Father Brown, an ordinary priest whose unremarkable exterior conceals extraordinary crime-solving ability, is celebrated for his solutions to metaphysical mysteries, a genre perfected by his creator, G. K. Chesterton. More than lighthearted comedies ...


  • THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH is collection of short mysteries featuring Chesterton's amateur sleuth Horne Fisher. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a British author, philosopher, and Christian apologist. He wrote a number of influential religious...


  • A delightful children's book by the author of Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Using exciting imagery, it teaches children to guard against the dangers of pluralism before they even are introduced to the concept. Includes 10 full color pictures dra...


  • This quirky, original compilation serves up the eccentric wit and thought-provoking aphorisms of one of the 20th century's liveliest and most articulate minds. Illustrated with several of the author's distinctive drawings....


  • The first one-volume reader of the best of G. K. Chesterton’s writing in the full range of genres he mastered. Chesterton was a towering literary figure of the early twentieth century, accomplished and prolific in many literary forms. A forceful...


  • An eccentric poet acts as spiritual detective in eight thought-provoking tales. Gabriel Gale employs his extraordinary gifts of empathy to solve and prevent crimes perpetrated by madmen. His philosophical police-work forms the basis for captivating e...






  • G. K. Chesterton's famous detective-priest Father Brown solved crimes and guided souls. This volume includes the earliest short story collections: The Innocence of Father Brown, The Wisdom of Father Brown, and an uncollected two-part story, The Donni...


  • Volume one of a six volume collectionGilbert Keith Chesterton was one of the most influential English writers of the twentieth century. He put his mind and pen to a broad spectrum of subjects including theology, poetry, biography, journalism and phil...


  • From detective stories and penny dreadfuls to skeletons, slang, and patriotism, G. K. Chesterton offers fresh perspectives on a remarkable range of subjects. The master essayist addresses each topic — planets, humility, nonsense, ugly things — wi...


  • This volume includes two classic G. K. Chesterton novels, and his play, Magic. The Ball and the Cross is a religio-political fantasy, as a Catholic and an atheist try to keep ahead of the law in order to fight a duel. Manalive brings a man on trial, ...


  • Enter into one of the twentieth century's liveliest and most articulate minds with this long-unavailable book of delights. This jolly medley of drawings, fables, and poetry—all laced with satirical wit—abounds in G. K. Chesterton's unique combina...



  • British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874–1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies―he is impossible to categorize as “liberal” or “conservative,” for instance―across a wide variety of avenues: he was a litera...


  • Utopia of Usurers is Chesterton at his energetic and boisterous best, taking on the economic and cultural apostles of modern industrial capitalism. Utopia is a collection of articles written from 1913–1915 for the Daily Herald, a Socialist paper wh...


  • Michael Herne is a librarian at Seawood Abbey, an estate owned by Lord Seawood. When Lord Seawood's daughter and some of her friends want to put on a play called "Blondel the Troubadour," the librarian is asked to play the part of a medieval king. He...


  • Filled with Chestertonian wit, the fast-moving history includes such gemlike observations as, Henry VIII "was almost as unlucky in his wives as they were in their husband." Of the great late Victorian/Edwardian trio of wits: George Bernard Shaw, Osca...


  • 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 ...



  • This vintage book contains a collection of twenty essays on a variety of topics written by G. K. Chesterton. The essays are on unrelated subjects ranging from losing one’s hat, to lying in bed, and manage to be both insightful and amusing. A great ...


  • G. K. Chesterton is one of the most well respected authors of all time here are collected some of his most famous works. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly exp...


  • "I read Chesterton's Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense..." -C.S. Lewis in Surprised by Joy "G. K. Chesterton routinely ignites more ideas per page than ...


  • Contents Include: The Romance of Rhyme Hamlet and the Psych-Analyst The Meaning of Mock Turkey Shakespeare and the Legal Lady On Being an Old Bean The Fear of the Film Wings and the Housemaid The Slavery of Free Verse Prohibition and the Press The Me...


  • G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown may seem a pleasantly doddering Roman Catholic priest, but appearances deceive. With keen observation and an unerring sense of man’s frailties–gained during his years listening to confessions–Father Brown succe...


  • From "The Nameless Man": There are only two forms of government the monarchy or personal government, and the republic or impersonal government. England is not a government; England is an anarchy, because there are so many kings. But there is one real...



  • This is a unique collection of ten of Chesterton's famous Father Brown stories which puts special emphasis on the role that Brown's Catholic faith played in helping him solve the murder mysteries. As Dorothy Sayers once wrote, Chesterton was "the fir...


  • Though he was on the whole a fun loving and gregarious man, during adolescence Chesterton was troubled by thoughts of suicide. In Christianity he found answers to many of the dilemmas and paradoxes of life. Throughout Heretics he provides a very pers...




  • ● Annotated● Introduction● Includes Rare Additional MaterialHercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Lieutenant Columbo, even the gruff Sam Spade all owe a great deal to G.K. Chesterton's beloved amateur detective Father Brown. Through five books (and, fo...


  • Father Brown, one of the most quirkily genial and lovable characters to emerge from English detective fiction, first made his appearance in The Innocence of Father Brown in 1911. That first collection of stories established G.K. Chesterton's kindly c...


  • In the cool blue twilight of two steep streets in Camden Town, the shop at the corner, a confectioner's, glowed like the butt of a cigar. One should rather say, perhaps, like the butt of a firework, for the light was of many colours and some complexi...


  • G. K. Chesterton was born in London in 1874. He went to St Paul's School and then on to the Slade School of Art. In 1900, he was asked to write a few magazine articles on art criticism, and from that beginning went on to become not only one of the mo...


  • Between the silver ribbon of morning and the green glittering ribbon of sea, the boat touched Harwich and let loose a swarm of folk like flies, among whom the man we must follow was by no means conspicuous-nor wished to be. There was nothing notable ...


  • The father of modern detectivesAs punctilious as Poirot, as Miss Marple and as sharp as Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown ranks higher than all of them in the pantheon of literary sleuths. For the confessional, this humble, innocent little priest has gai...


  • Critic, author, and debunker extraordinaire, G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) delighted in probing the ambiguities of Christian theology. A number of his most successful attempts at combining first-rate fiction with acute social observation appear in t...



  • These are just some of the problems for Father Brown to solve. In his inimitable way, this gentle, eccentric little cleric-detective sets about unravelling the threads of a colourful skein of mysteries. In the course of the investigations Father Brow...


  • 8 suspenseful tales featuring Chesterton's delightful amateur sleuth, a deceptively "mild little man" who knows thoroughly the ways of the world. "A masterpiece...quintessential Chesterton, with sparkling surface masking frequent emotional depths...a...



  • Collects Chesterton's mysteries featuring sleuths other than Father Brown, such as "The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse" with a Mr. Pond, but features as well one previously uncollected Father Brown story, "Father Brown and the Donnington Affair"...





  • Chesterton's brilliant wit here satirizes the popular conception and methods of a master sleuth--such as Sherlock Holmes--giving the reader a series of entertaining and unforgettable stories. "Funmaking of the most fantastic kind".--New York Times....





  • in Garden of Deadly Delights

    A DAZZLING BOUQUET OF MYSTERY AND MURDER Here, amid the lush, heady beauty of a garden setting, everything's coming up roses...or turning up corpses. Focusing on crime that flourishes amid the flora, this blooming collection of 19 tales provides m...


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    The adventures of two men, one an atheist, the other a Catholic, who want to fight a duel over God and the Virgin Mary. The world thinks them both mad, of course, because they seem to be serious, and the story ends by shutting up in a lunatic asylum ...


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    This unique collection of Father Brown mysteries links tales by G.K. Chesterton with the Ten Commandments. The connection is often surprising, however, for the criminal is not necessarily the worst sinner in the story, nor is his crime necessarily th...


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    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction. Chesterton ha...


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    "We wish you'd get rid of what you've got here, sir," he observed, digging doggedly. "Nothing'll grow right with them here." "Shrubs!" said the Squire, laughing. "You don't call the peacock trees shrubs, do you? Fine tall trees -- you ought to be pro...


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    "The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder."— G. K. ChestertonThe thirty-nine short essays that make up Chesterton's delightful book are the result of "sitting still and letting marvels and adventures settle on hi...


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    Varied Types By G.K. Chesterton Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 29 May 1874 - 14 June 1936, better known as G.K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apol...


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    Born in London, Chesterton was educated at St. Paul's, but never went to college. He went to art school. 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....


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    Unless we are all mad, there is at the back of the most bewildering business a story: and if we are all mad, there is no such thing as madness. If I set a house on fire, it is quite true that I may illuminate many other people's weaknesses as well as...



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    Can you trust yourself when you don't know who you are? In a park in London, secret policeman Gabriel Syme strikes up a conversation with an anarchist. Sworn to do his duty, Syme uses his new acquaintance to go undercover in Europe's Central Anarchis...


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    The hero of this story is Auberon Quin, a portly Pickwickian gentleman who can be shockingly embarrassing in public places - standing on his head, telling outrageous stories and bursting into laughter - for no reason at all. Then, one day, he is unex...


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    Chesterton traces the roots of his own Christianity. He was initially a non-believer – 'I was a pagan at the age of twelve and a complete agnostic by the age of sixteen'. Chesterton avidly read lots of anti-Christian literature and decided that if ...


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    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed,...