G.K. Chesterton: A Biography

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This crude panegyric, appearing 50 years after Chesterton's death, bears little resemblance to a modern critical biography. Overly sympathetic to its subject, it ignores obvious contradictions in Chesterton's beliefs (after quoting them), glosses over his faults (racism and sexism), and obscures psychological issues by using spiritualist jargon (infertility "provided a well of suffering from which they both were able to draw living water which, with divine grace, . . ."). Still, Chesterton was such a gigantic, preposterous, and above all amusing figure that he redeems the book. Liberal excerptsmany from unpublished sourcesinject his wit and cleverness onto nearly every page.Michael Edmonds, State Historical Soc. of Wisconsin Lib., Madison
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