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Gilbert Keith Chesterton. (1874 - 1936). about 80 books : 200 short stories 4000 essays several hundred of poems plays 6 novels. Novels: The Napoleon of Notting Hill The Man Who Was Thursday The Flying Inn The Ball and the Cross The Return of Don Quixote Manalive.

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about 80 books 200 short stories 4000 essays several hundred of poems plays 6 novels

about 80 books: 200 short stories4000 essaysseveralhundredofpoemsplays6 novels


Novels:The Napoleon of NottingHillThe Man Who Was Thursday The Flying InnThe Ball and the CrossThe Return of Don QuixoteManalive

writer journalist literary and social critic historian catholic theologian and apologist



Characteristics of Chesterton’s work:paradoxicality, unexpectedness, incredibility of situations, moral preaching, source of joy,they provoke deep reflexions.

two principal events of chesterton s life 1 h e adopted catholicism 2 he married frances blogg

Two principal events ofChesterton’s life:1. He adopted Catholicism 2. He married Frances Blogg


“Reasonisalwaysreasonable” (TheBlueCross) “Menmaykeepasortoflevelofgood, butnomanhaseverbeenabletokeepononelevelofevil. Thatroadgoesdownanddown” (TheFlyingStars)


“A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness, and tore eastward across England, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea” (Manalive)


tenant– жилецboardingestablishment– пансионantic– нелепая выходкаHighCourt– Верховный Судtoelope– сбежать с возлюбленным


Burglary- кража со взломомdesertion- оставление (семьи)madhouse – сумасшедший домinvestigate– расследоватьcharge– обвинение (юрид.)toinvolvе– вовлекать

trial vidence to witness innocent fire bullet
trial- судеvidence– улика, свидетельское показаниеtowitness– быть свидетелемinnocent- невинныйfire– стрелятьbullet– пуля
to value spinster ourtship to acquit
tovalue – ценитьspinster – незамужняя, старая дева сourtship– ухаживаниеto acquit- освободить
a dead thing can go with the stream but only a living thing can go against it the everlasting man

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – The Everlasting Man


“Do not enjoy yourself. Enjoy dances and theaters and joy-rides and champagne and oysters; enjoy jazz and cocktails and night-clubs if you can enjoy nothing better; enjoy bigamy and burglary and any crime in the calendar, in preference to the other alternative; but never learn to enjoy yourself.” The Common Man 

the whole truth is generally the ally of virtue a half truth is always the ally of some vice iln

“The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.” – ILN


“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” – Orthodoxy


If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again. Briefly, if you want the old white post you must have a new white post. Orthodoxy


He had not had the smallest intention of starving his chauffeur; he did not realise that there was worse spiritual murder in merely forgetting him. The Flying Inn.

sources 1 s ermons and parables by gilbert keith chesterton article by n l trauberg 2 wikipedia

Sources:1. Sermonsandparables by GilbertKeithChesterton (article by N.L. Trauberg)2. Wikipedia