A Miscellany of Men

A Miscellany of Men Covering topics ranging from literature to philosophy history to social criticism this is a snapshot of thought on th century Europe and the world by one of Europe s sharpest wits and ablest pens

  • Title: A Miscellany of Men
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton Dale Ahlquist
  • ISBN: 9780971828612
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • Covering topics ranging from literature to philosophy, history to social criticism, this is a snapshot of thought on 20th century Europe and the world by one of Europe s sharpest wits and ablest pens With chapter titles ranging from The Miser and His Friends to The Red Reactionary, from The Separatist and Sacred Things to The New Theologian and The Romantic inCovering topics ranging from literature to philosophy, history to social criticism, this is a snapshot of thought on 20th century Europe and the world by one of Europe s sharpest wits and ablest pens With chapter titles ranging from The Miser and His Friends to The Red Reactionary, from The Separatist and Sacred Things to The New Theologian and The Romantic in the Rain, this volume includes 39 brief sketches of individuals, each one of whom illustrates an aspect of contemporary society Social, historical, and religious thought all figure prominently in this book, making it of great use in any study of the literary, religious, and social aspects of early 20th century England and Europe generally It will be of interest to students and scholars of the essay in English literature It is a fine introduction to Chesterton s social criticism, which remains unique for its willingness to criticize some of the uncomfortable truths about capitalism without straying toward an inhuman bureaucratic socialism.

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    1. G.K. Chesterton Dale Ahlquist

      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 He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 , hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest detective, Father Brown In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News He also edited his own newspaper, G.K s Weekly.Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.

    541 thoughts on “A Miscellany of Men”

    1. Reading Chesterton is a jerky experience, like being stuck on a subway train that keeps lurching forward and shuddering to a stop for no apparent reason (yes, Toronto Transit Commission, you’re still on my shit list). One minute he’s giving you these little starts of wonder or excitement, and the next he has you recoiling in dismay.This effect can be partly explained by Chesterton’s crazy, bipolar politics. It’s almost unbelievable to me that a single brain, even one as capacious as Ches [...]


    2. Reading the early essays of G.K. Chesterton (before he got too involved with politics or religion) is one of the best experiences of my reading life. A Miscellany of Men was published in 1912 and contains some thirty or forty short essays that range in quality from good to magnificent -- particularly in "The Mystagogue," in which he says everything there is to say about criticism.At the same time I read this book, I have been reading the music criticism of Aldous Huxley, which he wrote for The W [...]


    3. Say what you will say about the ideas of the Catholic faith that, to a 21st century socially liberal reader, will seem extremely outdated and not "abnormal" at all when Chesterton defends them as "normal" things, Chesterton himself, and his writing, are always vividly refreshing. He writes controvertially, as he always does, about things that were "right and proper" in his time, and seem right and proper in our time as well. He goes up against feminism, which is seems was just a bold move then a [...]


    4. I do like G. K. Chesterton, it's just that(fill in the blank.)The guy was entertaining and he makes you think, a man with a nimble mind and clever way with an aphorism, ideal in fact for writing opinion pieces in a newspaper, where these three dozen observations probably first appeared. But sometimes he leaves me shaking my head.Take for example his take on women in politics from an article called 'The Suffragist'. Firstly he observes how 'when a woman puts up her fists to a man she is putting h [...]


    5. A collection of Chesterton's essays written for the Daily News. This collection shows Chesterton at his usual Genius. More broad than some of the other collections of this type, this book still has a cohesive feel as the themes of Family, Liberty, and Common Sense permeate the work. Well worth reading. Especially relevant to our current political environment are Chesterton's comments on political choice, " For the powerful class will choose two courses of action, both of them safe for itself, an [...]


    6. So it was a little dated in style and some of the sentiments expressed would have Chesterton labelled today as a racist, misogynist, jingoist and much worse, the prescient tone and clarity of expression make Chesterton a writer with timeless relevance. This collection of essays is particularly good at illustrating how the best and worst of human behaviours remain constant down through generations. Chesterton remains positive and hopeful, with an amusing touch, but he manages to avoid sarcasm and [...]


    7. Another excellent one from Chesterton, the apostle of common sense. This one is a great reflection of some of his journalism from his early career. Not only could I see the development of some of his key ideas, such as Distributism, but also I learned about the history of the early twentieth century through the lens of Chesterton's writing. Definitely recommend.


    8. Decent Chesterton -- though by no means his best. Vast selection of topics, good sense of humor, keen insight. A few unfair rants against businessmen that were a little out of place, especially for a man who's overwhelmingly romantic about everything else; but I guess that sort of thing was handled perfectly by Ayn Rand, so I'll give Chesty a pass.


    9. Terrific compilation of essays and articles by GK Chesterton written for an English paper between 1930 and 1934. Insightful, wise, witty, thoughtful, and funny Chesterton is at his best in essays of socio/political/spiritual commentary.


    10. It's easy to tell that in most of these essays he's talking about political concerns of the time. Not being as conversant with said issues some of it was hard to digest. But some of the essays were lovely-- and he makes some good points about introspection, freedom, and nature.



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