G K Chesterton Essays

Biographical note

English writer.

In 1900, Chesterton was asked to write a few magazine articles on art criticism, which sparked his interest in writing. He went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. Chesterton's writings displayed a wit and sense of humor that is unusual even today, while often time making extremely serious comments on the world, government, politics, economics, philosophy, theology, or a hundred other topics.

Chesterton wrote 100 books, several hundred poems, 200 short stories, 4000 essays and a few plays. He was a columnist for the Daily News, Illustrated London News and his own paper, G.K's Weekly. He was a literary and social critic, historian, playwright, novelist, Catholic Christian theologian, debater and mystery writer. His most well-known character is the priest-detective Father Brown, although arguably his most well-known novel The Man Who Was Thursday does not concern Father Brown at all.

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Contents

Non-Fiction Books

  • Heretics (1905) -- text (374K) -- zipfile (139K) -- html (420K) There is also a Macedonian translation of Chapter Three by Web Geek Science, and a Czech translation of Chapter One by Andrey Fomin.
  • Orthodoxy (1909) -- text (367K) -- zipfile (139K) -- html (372K) -- LibriVox version 1 -- LibriVox version 2 -- Speech synthesizer reading from www.freechristianaudiobooks.com
  • What's Wrong With the World (1910) -- html (344K) -- html (Project Gutenberg) (375K) -- text (344K) -- zipfile (132K) -- LibriVox
  • The Everlasting Man (1925) -- html (600K) -- text (600K) -- zipfile (220K) -- PDF (1,013K) -- Free audiobook recording on archive.org (C.S.Lewis listed The Everlasting Man among the 10 books which did most to shape his philosphy of life).
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (1933) -- html (295K) -- text (295K) -- zipfile (109K)
  • Do We Agree? A debate between G. K. Chesterton and Bernard Shaw (1928) -- text (47K) -- zipfile (18K)
  • The Catholic Church and Conversion (1926) -- text (137K) -- zipfile (51K)
  • Charles Dickens, Part I (1906) -- html (199K) -- text (195K) -- zipfile (75K) -- LibriVox
  • Charles Dickens, Part II (1906) -- html (189K) -- text (185K) -- zipfile (70K)
  • Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens, Part I (1911) -- html (244K) -- text (240K) -- zipfile (90K) -- LibriVox
  • Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens, Part II (1911) -- html (187K) -- text (184K) -- zipfile (68K)
  • Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens (1911). Project Gutenberg edition. -- html (187K) -- text (184K) -- zipfile (68K)
  • The Superstition of Divorce (1920) -- text (135K) -- zipfile (51K)
  • A Miscellany of Men (1912) -- html (328K) -- text (293K) -- zipfile (116K)
  • Utopia of Usurers and other Essays (1917) -- html (213K) -- text (206K) -- zipfile (80K)
  • A Short History of England (1917) -- text (345K) -- zipfile (132K)
  • Eugenics and other Evils (1922) -- html (270K) -- alternate html (270K) -- text (264K) -- zipfile (102K)
  • The Well and the Shallows (1935) -- html (434K) -- text (401K) -- zipfile (154K)
  • The Thing (1929) -- text (426K) -- zipfile (161K)
  • Alarms And Discursions (1911) -- html (295K) -- text (287K) -- zipfile (116K) -- LibriVox
  • All Things Considered (1908) -- html (374K) -- text (352K) -- zipfile (132K) -- LibriVox
  • The New Jerusalem (1920) -- html (538K) -- text (505K) -- zipfile (190K)
  • The Common Man (1950) -- html (523K) -- text (494K) -- zipfile (189K)
  • The Outline of Sanity (1927) -- text (339K) -- zipfile (127K)
  • Tremendous Trifles (1909) -- html (346K) -- text (300K) -- zip (119K)
  • The Spice of Life and Other Essays (1964) -- html (503K) -- text (288K) -- zipfile (112K)
  • The Defendant (1901) -- html (188K) -- text (174K) -- zipfile (69K)
  • Robert Browning (1903) -- html (410K) -- text (369K) -- zipfile (142K)
  • Autobiography (1936) -- html (643K) -- text (634K) -- zipfile (247K)
  • St Francis (1923) -- html (244K) -- text (243K) -- zipfile (91K)
  • The Victorian Age in Literature (1913) -- html (305K) -- text (267K) -- zipfile (105K)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1927) -- text (239K) -- zip (93K)
  • George Bernard Shaw (1910) Updated with the chapter "The Later Phases" from the 1935 edition. -- html (344K) -- text (334K) -- zip (129K)
  • The Apostle and the Wild Ducks (collected 1975) -- text (327K) -- zip (128K)
  • The Crimes of England (1916) -- text (200K) -- zip (78K) -- html (183K)
  • The Appetite of Tyranny, Including Letters to an Old Garibaldian (1915) -- text (126K) -- zip (48K) -- LibriVox
  • Varied Types (1905) -- text (247K) -- zip (95K)
  • William Cobbett (1925) -- text (260K) -- zip (99K) -- pdf (630K)
  • All I Survey (1933) -- text (349K) -- zip (134K)
  • Fancies Versis Fads (1923) -- text (368K) -- zip (141K)
  • Twelve Types (1903) -- text (174K) -- zip (67K)
  • Irish Impressions (1919) -- text (225K) -- zip (86K)
  • As I Was Saying (1936) -- html (321K) -- text (308K) -- zip (118K)
  • Lord Kitchener (1917) -- html (76K) -- txt (70K) -- zip (27K)
  • What I Saw In America (1922) -- html (571K) -- txt (539K) -- zip (201K)
  • Come to Think (1930) -- html (392K) -- txt (364K) -- zip (139K)
  • All is Grist (1931) -- html (350K) -- txt (325K) -- zip (124K)
  • The Glass Walking Stick and other essays, from the Illustrated London news, 1905--1936 (1955) -- html (359K) -- txt (306K) -- zip (118K)
  • Varied Types An extension of the book Twelve Types which adds eight more chapters reprinted, with certain alterations and additions, from The Daily News and The Speaker. -- html (234K) -- txt (223K) -- zip (87K)
  • The Uses of Diversity (1920) -- html (304K) -- txt (277K) -- zip (109K)
  • Generally Speaking (1928) -- pdf (279K)
  • A collection of articles published in The Speaker 1900--1905 -- text (210K) -- zip (83K)
  • Articles for The Speaker (1892-1905), compiled by Mike Miles. -- html (746K) -- txt (719K) -- zip (279K)
  • The Superstitions of the Sceptic (1925), a lecture delivered to the I.D.K. Club, together with a correspondence between the author and Mr. Coulton. -- txt (79K) -- zip (28K)
  • Sidelights on New London and Newer York (1932). -- html (365K) -- txt (346K) -- zip (132K)
  • A Handful of Authors Essays on books and writers, edited by Dorothy Collins (1953). -- txt (378K) -- zip (146K)
  • Chaucer (1932). -- txt (515K) -- zip (193K) -- html with illustrations at Project Gutenberg Australia
  • G.K.C. as M.C. (1967) A a collection of thirty-seven introductions by G. K. Chesterton. Selected and edited by J. P. de Fonseka. -- html (492K) -- ody (169K) -- pdf (424K) -- txt (363K) -- zip (141K)
  • Avowals and Denials (1934) A book of essays -- html (299K) -- txt (290K) -- zip (111K)

Fiction

Essays

  • The Case for the Ephemeral (From All Things Considered (1908)) -- text (10K) -- html (10K)
  • Cockneys and their Jokes (From All Things Considered (1909)) -- text (13K) -- html (13K)
  • On American Morals (From Generally Speaking, pp 222-229, Dodd, Mead (1929)) -- text (10K) -- html (11K)
  • The God in the Cave (From The Everlasting Man (1925)) -- text (10K) -- html (11K)
  • The Extraordinary Cabman (From London's Daily News and Tremendous Trifles (1909)) -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • On Turnpikes and Medievalism (From All I Survey (1933)) -- text (8K) -- html (8K)
  • A Defence of Rash Vows (An abridged version of a chapter in Chesterton's book The Defendant (1901)) -- text (9K) -- html (9K) -- mp3 (3.7MB) read by Chris Lansdown
  • Child Psychology and Nonsense (This essay first appeared in the Illustrated London News on October 15, 1921) -- text (7K) -- html (7K)
  • Philosophy for the Schoolroom -- text (5K) -- html (5K)
  • The Pun (From The Daily News, 1911, reprinted in Lunacy and Letters 1958) -- text (7K) -- html (7K)
  • Government and the Rights of Man (Illustrated London News, July 30, 1921) -- text (5K) -- html (6K)
  • Concerning a Strange City (From The Common Man (1950), originally in The New Witness 25th November, 1925) -- text (4K) -- html (5K)
  • Negative and Positive Morality (From the Illustrated London News January 3, 1920) -- text (4K) -- html (5K)
  • Logic and Lawn Tennis (An essay reprinted in The Thing (1929)) -- text (9K) -- html (10K)
  • Democracy and Industrialism (From All I Survey (1933). The original essay appeared as a column in the Illustrated London News, July 16th 1932) -- text (7K) -- html (8K)
  • Christmas and the First Games (From The Coloured Lands (1938)) -- text (9K) -- html (10K)
  • The Ideal of a Leisure State (From the Illustrated London News March 21, 1925) -- text (9K) -- html (10K)
  • The Equality of Sexlessness (From GK's Weekly, July 26, 1930) -- text (4K) -- html (5K)
  • On Mending and Ending Things (From the Illustrated London News, December 23, 1905) -- text (4K) -- html (5K)
  • The Fallacy of Success (Excerpted from All Things considered (1909)) -- text (12K) -- html (13K)
  • Cheese (Published in Alarms and Discursions (1910)( -- text (6K) -- html (7K) There is a Russian translation by Karina Sheludenko from Everycloudtech (Alternate Link)
  • A Piece of Chalk -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • The Great Shipwreck as Analogy (From the Illustrated London News May 11, 1912) -- text (7K) -- html (8K)
  • The Runaway Abbot -- text (13K) -- html (13K)
  • Asparagus, New Witness 18th June 1914 -- text (6K) -- html (7K)
  • Dickens (Encyclopaedia Britannica article by G.K.C) -- text (50K) -- zip (20K)
  • Leo Tolstoy (1903) by G.K. Chesterton, G.H. Perris and Edward Garnett -- text (37K) -- html (37K)
  • Introduction to the Book of Job -- text (21K) -- html (22K)
  • The Diabolist (From Tremendous Trifles (1909)) -- text (9K) -- html (10K)
  • Dogs (1911) (From a Daily News article, later excerpted in Lunacy and Letters (1958)) -- text (6K) -- html (7K)
  • On Gargoyles (From Alarms and Discursions (1910)) -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • A Defence of Penny Dreadfuls -- text (11K) -- html (12K) -- Russian translation (or so I am told!)
  • The Methuselahite -- text (5K) -- html (6K)
  • Skepticism and Spiritualism (From an essay which originally appeared in the Illustrated London News, April 14, 1906) -- text (7K) -- html (8K)
  • The Nightmare (Originally appeared in the The Daily News, October 16, 1909) -- text (8K) -- html (8K)
  • Upon This Rock -- text (19K) -- html (18K) -- pdf (103K)
  • What is America? (From What I Saw in America, 1922) -- text (19K) -- html (20K)
  • A Somewhat Improbable Story excert from Tremendous Trifles (1909) -- html (11K) -- text (10K)
  • The Twelve Men excert from Tremendous Trifles (1909) -- text (7K) -- html (8K)
  • French and English -- text (9K) -- html (10K)
  • Divorce versus Democracy -- text (22K) -- html (23K)
  • Social Reform versus Birth Control -- text (17K) -- html (17K)
  • Anti-Religious Thought In The Eighteenth Century (1926) -- text (16K) -- html (17K)
  • On Lying In Bed excert from Tremendous Trifles (1909) -- text (7K) -- html (8K)
  • What is Right With the World From T. P.'s Weekly (1910), collected in The Apostle and the Wild Ducks (1975) P. J. Kavanagh, ed -- text (22K) -- html (23K)
  • The Meaning of the Crusade From The New Jerusalem (1920) -- text (45K) -- html (46K)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream -- text (23K) -- html (24K)
  • On Evil Euphemisms From Come to Think of It (1930) -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • Mormonism From Uses of Diversity (1921) -- text (8K) -- html (8K)
  • To Frances Excerpts from a letter to Frances Blogg (updated). -- text (21K) -- html (23K)
  • The Angry Street -- text (10K) -- html (11K)
  • Christianity and Rationalism (1904) -- text (17K) -- html (18K)
  • The Terror of a Toy From Fancies versus Fads (1923) -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • On Darwinism and Mystery From The Illustrated London News 21st August, 1920. -- text (8K)
  • The Persecution of Religion From The Illustrated London News 8th March, 1924 -- text (9K)
  • The Advantages of having One Leg From Tremendous Trifles 1909 -- text (8K) -- html (8K)
  • Doubts About Darwinism From The Illustrated London News 17th July 1920 -- text (9K) -- html (10K)
  • American Fundamentalists and the English Journalists From The Illustrated London News 1st August 1925 -- text (9K) -- html (10K)
  • Compulsory Education and the Monkey Trial From The Illustrated London News 8th August 1925 -- text (10K) -- html (10K)
  • Myths and Metaphors From The Illustrated London News 26th January 1929 -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • Women in the Workplace - and at Home From The Illustrated London News 18th December, 1926 -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • The Illustrated London News article of 19th April, 1930 -- text (8K) -- html (8K)
  • Our Birthday From G. K.s Weekly, March 21, 1935. This was written on the occasion of the paper's 10th anniversary. -- text (7K) -- html (7K)
  • The Roots of the World From The Daily News, 17th August, 1907. -- text (8K) -- html (8K)
  • Humor From Encyclopaedia Britannica written May 1928. -- text (16K) -- html (17K)
  • Two Kinds of Paradox From The Illustrated London News, 11th March 1911. -- text (8K) -- html (9K)
  • Return of the Angels From Daily News, 14th March 1903. -- text (7K) -- html (8K)
  • A Shy Bird From A Handful of Authors, 1927 -- text (17K) -- html (18K)
  • Pickwick and the English Peoples From The Empire Review, Vol XXXVIII, October 1923, No. 273. Reprinted in 1927. -- text (12K) -- html (13K)
  • The Polish Ideal From The Illustrated London News, 2nd July, 1927. -- text (8K)
  • Half Hours in Hades (1891) (Thanks to Sean B. Palmer) -- html (13K)
  • Dreams (1901) (Thanks to Sean B. Palmer) -- html (8K)
  • Wonder and the Wooden Post (1912) (Thanks to Sean B. Palmer) -- html (9K)
  • On Household Gods and Goblins (Thanks to Sean B. Palmer) -- html (11K)
  • Milton: Man and Poet -- html (21K) -- text (20K)
  • On Jane Austen in the General Election From Come to Think of It, 1930 -- html (8K) -- text (8K)
  • On Abolishing Sunday From Come to Think of It, 1930 -- html (9K) -- text (9K)
  • On Abraham Lincoln From Come to Think of It, 1930 -- html (16K) -- text (15K)
  • On America From Come to Think of It, 1930 -- html (9K) -- text (8K)
  • How Not To Do It From G.K.'s Weekly, 16th May 1935 -- html (5K) -- text (4K)
  • Humanitarianism True and False From The Humane Review, January 1903 -- html (10K) -- text (9K)
  • An article which appeared in the Hibbert Journal in April 1910 -- text (28K) -- zip (12K)
  • The American Ideal From Sidelights on New London and Newer York and Other Essays, 1932 -- html (12K) -- text (11K)
  • The Blatchford Controversies With an introduction by Masie Ward. 1904. -- text (46K) -- pdf (152K)

Poems

Introductions

Paul Nowak has collected a number of introductions written by G.K.Chesterton.

Bibliographies

Quotations


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Last modified: 26th January 2016 Martin Ward, De Montfort University, Leicester.
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