GK Chesterton

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton 1914

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (born May 29, 1874 in the London borough of Kensington , † June 14, 1936 in Beaconsfield ) was an English writer and journalist . He is best known today for a series of detective novels about the character of Father Brown .


Chesterton at 17

Chesterton was born in Campden Hill in the London borough of Kensington in 1874, the son of a London real estate agent. The family was Protestant and belonged to the Unitarian community .

He was educated at St Paul's School . He then attended the Slade School of Art to become an illustrator . He also attended literary studies at University College London but did not graduate. From 1896–1902 Chesterton worked for the London publisher Redway, and T. Fisher Unwin . During this time his first journalistic work fell as a freelance art and literary critic. In 1901 he married Frances Blogg. In 1902, Chesterton received a weekly column in the Daily News , followed by another weekly column in The Illustrated London News in 1905 , for which he wrote for the next 30 years.

By his own account he was fascinated by the occult , and he experimented with his brother Cecil with Ouija . He later turned back to Christianity , which led to his entry into the Roman Catholic Church in 1922 .

Chesterton was about 1.93 m tall and weighed around 134 kg. His waist size was the subject of well-known anecdotes: He is said to have said to his friend George Bernard Shaw : “To look at you, anyone would think there was a famine in England.” (“When you look at you, you think it's in England There was a famine. ”) Shaw replied,“ To look at you, anyone would think you caused it. ”(“ If you look at you, you think you caused it. ”)

He usually wore a cape and a crushed hat, a cane and had a cigar hanging from his mouth. He often forgot where he was going and missed the train that was supposed to take him there. It is reported that he repeatedly sent telegrams to his wife from distant places such as “Am at Market Harborough. Where ought I to be? ”(“ Am in Market Harborough. Where should I be? ”), To which she replied,“ Home ”.

Chesterton was from 1930 to 1936 president of the Detection Club , an association of crime writers who created rules for a "fair crime novel".

Chesterton died at the age of 62 on June 14, 1936 at his home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. The homily at Chesterton's funeral mass at Westminster Cathedral was given by Ronald Knox . He was buried in Beaconsfield in the Catholic Cemetery. Chesterton's estate was valued at £ 28,389, which is the equivalent of about $ 2.6 million today.

Telegram from Pope Pius XI. to the death of Chesterton

In August 2013, his process of beatification began at the diocesan level in his home diocese of Northampton . However, Bishop Peter Doyle announced in August 2019 that the beatification process would not be pursued because of Chesterton's lack of personal spirituality.

Effect and positions

In his novels, essays and short stories, Chesterton dealt intensively with modern philosophies and schools of thought. His often daring leaps of thought and his bringing together seemingly incompatible ideas, often with surprising results, are known. His way of reasoning has been boldly referred to as a "spiritual hussar ride".

Chesterton has had public debates with GB Shaw , HG Wells , Bertrand Russell and Clarence Darrow, among others . His perhaps most important discussion partner was Shaw, with whom he formed a warm friendship while at the same time rejecting his views. After his autobiography, he and Shaw played Cowboys in a silent film that was never released. He fought against various ideas and theories that were often and gladly represented at the beginning of the 20th century , above all he spoke out against euthanasia and racial studies as well as against any idea of eugenics . He took a critical look at Nietzsche's thoughts on the superman . He opposed British colonialism and supported Irish independence.

"Three acres of land and a cow" (drawing by Chesterton)

Chesterton admired the Middle Ages , which in his opinion were often portrayed unfairly negatively in modern times . He advocated that democracy should listen to the voice of the poor and slum dwellers on the basis of its very nature instead of deciding on them from above “ for their own good” (“Instead of asking us what we are doing with the poor we should rather ask ourselves what the poor will do with us. ")

In terms of economic policy, he called for the power of big business to be limited while at the same time promoting small-scale property ("Everyone should be able to own a cow and three acres of land", "The problem of capitalism is not that there are too many, but that there are too few capitalists." ) He called this distributism , which is characterized by the fact that ownership of the means of production is redistributed so that each family can develop its own livelihood. According to Chesterton, man is destined for a free but also hard life in the country.

His opposition to capitalism led to anti-Semitic thought patterns: He saw capitalism and Marxism as the instruments of the Jews to achieve world domination, was of the opinion that the Boer War was being waged because of the financial interests of the Jews in South Africa , and spoke in the magazine The New Witness against a policy that enabled Jews to advance in politics and society. In his writing The New Jerusalem (1920) he advocated the creation of a home for the Jews. However, Chesterton also turned against the ideology of National Socialism .

After his death he was taken over by Pope Pius XI. honored with the title of Fidei defensor (Defender of Faith). This honorary designation had previously been given to the English King Henry VIII , when he, with the help of St. Thomas More had submitted a pamphlet in defense of the Catholic faith. Chesterton has testified to the Faith in a multitude of decisive, very pointed, and original writings. This extensive aspect of his work has remained largely unknown in Germany, while Chesterton is considered an important apologist for the Catholic Church in the English-speaking world .

Literary work

Chesterton wrote poems, plays, but mostly prose: essays, numerous short stories and novels. Some of the critics praised the biographies he wrote, for example on St. Thomas Aquinas , St. Francis , Charles Dickens , Robert Louis Stevenson, and George Bernard Shaw .

His short novel The Man Who Was Thursday (dt 1910. 1908 The Man Who Was Thursday ) is a political satire of fantastic literature can be attributed to: A plot of anarchist terrorists in the early 20th century, it developed, increasing alienation of reality, into a crazy-divine spectacle. As in other of his writings, Chesterton turns to theological and philosophical questions in this novel.

Father Brown

Chesterton's most famous literary creation is Father Brown (incorrectly translated as "Pater Brown" in older German translations), who is the focus of a total of 49 short stories, the first of which appeared in 1910 and which were published in five volumes. Brown is a clergyman who solves even the most mysterious criminal cases with psychological empathy and logical conclusions. In contrast to other well-known heroes in novels such as Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot , Brown's focus is not so much on the external logic of the course of events, but on the internal logic and motivation of the perpetrator. 1953 played Alec Guinness the detective pastors in the strange ways of the Father Brown (Father Brown) . Not least from this encounter with Chesterton later Guinness' own conversion to the Catholic Church resulted . Through the filming of the Pater Brown crime short stories with Heinz Rühmann , Chesterton's work also became known in Germany in the 1960s. However, in many respects those films have been adapted to the tastes of the German 1950s / 60s. Between 1966 and 1972, 39 very faithful film adaptations were made for the Austrian-German television series Pater Brown with Josef Meinrad in the leading role.

German editions

Older German translations of Chesterton's books were partially toned down and thus falsified in accordance with the German public taste. It was not until the early 1990s that Haffmans Verlag published more faithful German editions of the Father Brown stories, for which Hanswilhelm Haefs had translated. In 1998 and 2000, Eichborn Verlag published two collections of Chesterton's essays in its series The Other Library : Heretic and Orthodoxy . In recent years, Bonn-based nova & vetera Verlag has also produced largely original and new translations of Chesterton's work.


Stories about Father Brown

The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)
  • The Blue Cross (in: The Story-Teller, September 1910; first printed as Valentin Follows a Curious Trail in: The Saturday Evening Post, 23 July 1910)
  • The Secret Garden (in: The Story-Teller, October 1910; first printed in: The Saturday Evening Post, September 3, 1910)
  • The Queer Feet (in: The Story-Teller, November 1910; first printed in: The Saturday Evening Post, October 1, 1910)
  • The Flying Stars (in: The Saturday Evening Post, May 20, 1911)
  • The Invisible Man (in: The Saturday Evening Post, January 28, 1911, also: Cassell's Magazine, February 1911)
  • The Honor of Israel Gow (as The Strange Justice in: The Saturday Evening Post, March 25, 1911)
  • The Wrong Shape (in: The Saturday Evening Post, December 10, 1910)
  • The Sins of Prince Saradine (in: The Saturday Evening Post, April 22, 1911)
  • The Hammer of God (as The Bolt from the Blue in: The Saturday Evening Post, November 5, 1910)
  • The Eye of Apollo (in: The Saturday Evening Post, February 25, 1911)
  • The Sign of the Broken Sword (in: The Saturday Evening Post, January 7, 1911)
  • The Three Tools of Death (in: The Saturday Evening Post, June 24, 1911)


The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)
  • The Absence of Mr Glass (in: McClure's Magazine, November 1912)
  • The Paradise of Thieves (in: McClure's Magazine, March 1913)
  • The Duel of Dr Hirsch
  • The Man in the Passage (in: McClure's Magazine, April 1913)
  • The mistake of the machine
  • The Head of Caesar (in: The Pall Mall Magazine, June 1913)
  • The Purple Wig (in: The Pall Mall Magazine, May 1913)
  • The Perishing of the Pendragons (in: The Pall Mall Magazine, June 1914)
  • The God of the Gongs
  • The Salad of Colonel Cray
  • The Strange Crime of John Boulnois (in: McClure's Magazine, February 1913)
  • The Fairy Tale of Father Brown


  • The thief's paradise. Translated by Clarisse Meitner. Musarion Verlag, Munich 1927, DNB 57259643X .
  • Father Brown's Wisdom: Twelve Stories. Translated by Hanswilhelm Haefs. Haffmanns, Zurich 1991, ISBN 3-251-20109-3 .
The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926)
  • The Resurrection of Father Brown
  • The Arrow of Heaven (in: Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, July 1925)
  • The Oracle of the Dog (in: Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, December 1923)
  • The Miracle of Moon Crescent (in: Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, May 1924)
  • The Curse of the Golden Cross (in: Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, May 1925)
  • The Dagger with Wings (in: Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, February 1924)
  • The Doom of the Darnaways (in: Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, June 1925)
  • The Ghost of Gideon Wise (in: Cassell's Magazine, April 1926)


The Secret of Father Brown (1927)
  • The Secret of Father Brown (frame story)
  • The Mirror of the Magistrate
  • The Man with Two Beards
  • The Song of the Flying Fish
  • The Actor and the Alibi
  • The Vanishing of Vaudrey (in: Harper's Magazine, October 1925)
  • The Worst Crime in the World
  • The Red Moon of Meru
  • The Chief Mourner of Marne (in: Harper's Magazine, May 1925)
  • The Secret of Flambeau (frame story)


The Scandal of Father Brown (1935)
  • The Scandal of Father Brown (in: The Story-Teller, November 1933)
  • The Quick One (in: The Saturday Evening Post, November 25, 1933)
  • The Blast of the Book / The Five Fugitives (in: Liberty, August 26, 1933)
  • The Green Man (in: Ladies Home Journal, November 1930)
  • The Pursuit of Mr Blue
  • The Crime of the Communist (in: Collier's Weekly, July 14, 1934)
  • The Point of a Pin (in: The Saturday Evening Post, September 17, 1932)
  • The Insoluble Problem (in: The Story-Teller, March 1935)
  • The Vampire of the Village (in: Strand Magazine, August 1936; not in the first edition of the collection)


  • Father Brown Scandal: Detective Stories. Translated by Kamilla Demmer. Herder library # 23, Freiburg i. Br. 1958, DNB 450775011 .
  • Father Brown's Scandal: Ten Stories. Translated by Hanswilhelm Haefs. Haffmans, Zurich 1993, ISBN 3-251-20109-3 .

Published outside of collections:

  • The Donnington Affair (in: The Premier, November 1914; with Max Pemberton)
  • The Mask of Midas (1936)
    • English: Father Brown and the Midas mask and other stories. Edited and introduced by Matthias Marx. Translated by Carl Koch. Verlag Nova and Vetera, Bonn 2004, ISBN 3-936741-17-4 .
Edited volumes and posthumous compilations
  • The Father Brown Stories (1929)
  • The Father Brown Omnibus (1933)
  • The Complete Father Brown (1943)
  • Father Brown: A Selection (1955)
    • English: Father Brown can't believe it: his best cases. Translated by Hanswilhelm Haefs. Brendow, Moers 2001, ISBN 3-87067-881-X .
  • The Father Brown Book (1959)
  • The Second Father Brown Book (1959)
  • The Collected Works of GK Chesterton: The Father Brown Stories (2005, 2 volumes)
  • The Early Father Brown (2010)

The above anthologies with Father Brown stories are a small selection from the very large number of such compilations, both in English and German. The collections are seldom complete, in particular the two outside of the 5 volumes compiled by Chesterton ( The Donnington Affair and The Mask of Midas ) are usually missing . The edition published in 2 volumes as part of the Collected Works 2005 is complete.

After the first edition by Haffmanns, the German translations by Hanswilhelm Haefs have been published by Area Verlag, Erftstadt, and as a paperback by Suhrkamp.


The Napoleon of Notting Hill 1904
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)
    • English: The hero of Notting Hill. Translated by Manfred Georg. Eden-Verlag, Berlin and Leipzig 1927, DNB 572596316 . Also called: The Hero of Notting Hill: Fantastic Novel. Translated by Manfred Georg. Edited and with an afterword by Carl Amery . Suhrkamp (Fantastic Library # 156), [Frankfurt (Main)] 1985, ISBN 3-518-37674-8 .
  • The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
    • German: The man who was Thursday: Eine Nachtmahr. Translated by Heinrich Lautensack . Musarion Verlag, Munich 1924, DNB 572596294 . Also as: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Fantastic Story. With 20 drawings by Gerda von Stengel. Translated by Bernhard Sengfelder. Droemer, Wiesentheid 1947, DNB 450774953 .
  • The Ball and the Cross (1909)
    • German: ball and cross. Translated and with an afterword by Stefan Welz. Nova & Vetera, Bonn 2007, ISBN 978-3-936741-46-9 .
  • Manalive (1912)
    • German: Menschenskind. Translated by E. McCalman and N. Collin. Musarion-Verlag, Munich 1926, DNB 572596308 .
  • Flying Inn (1914)
    • German: The flying inn. Translated by Joseph Grabisch. Musarion Verlag, Munich 1922, DNB 572596421 .
  • The Return of Don Quixote (1927)
    • English: Don Quixote's return. Translated by Curt Thesing . Grethlein & Co., Leipzig 1927, DNB 572596332 . Also as: The new Don Quixote. Translated by Curt Thesing. Cassianeum, Donauwörth 1950, DNB 450775003 . Also called: The Return of Don Quixote. Translated by Karin Matthes. Matthes and Seitz, Munich 1992, ISBN 3-88221-778-2 .
  • Basil Howe: A Story of Young Love (posthumously 2001, written in the 1890s)

Short stories, collections of prose

The Club of Queer Trades (1905)
  • The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit
  • The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady
  • The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd
  • The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation
  • The Singular Speculation of the House Agent
  • The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown

German: The mysterious club. Translated by Rudolf Nutt. Musarion-Verlag, Munich 1928, DNB 572596197 . Also as: The Club for Bizarre Professions: London Stories. Translated by Jakob Vandenberg. Elsinor-Verlag, Coesfeld 2011, ISBN 978-3-939483-19-9 .

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922)
  • The Bottomless Well
  • The face in the target
  • The Fad of the Fisherman
  • The Five of Swords
  • The Fool of the Family
  • The Garden of Smoke
  • The Hole in the Wall
  • The Soul of the Schoolboy
  • The Tower of Treason
  • Trees of Pride
  • The Vanishing Prince
  • The Temple of Silence

German: The man who knew too much. Translated by Clarisse Meitner. Musarion Verlag, Munich 1925, DNB 572596286 . Also as: The man who knew too much: crime stories. Afterword by Elmar Schenkel. Translated by Renate Orth-Guttmann . Manesse-Verlag, Zurich 2011, ISBN 978-3-7175-2228-7 .

Tales Of The Long Bow (1925)
  • The Elusive Companion of Parson White
  • The Exclusive Luxury of Enoch Oates
  • The Improbable Success of Mr. Owen Hood
  • The Ultimate Ultimatum of the League of the Long Bow
  • The Unobtrusive Traffic of Captain Pierce
  • The Unprecedented Architecture of Commander Blair
  • The Unpresentable Appearance of Colonel Crane
  • The Unthinkable Theory of Professor Green
Stories (1928)
The Poet and the Lunatics: Episodes in the Life of Gabriel Gale (1929)

English: The poet and the crazy: episodes from d. Life of Gabriel Gale. Translated by Gertrud Jahn. Herder library # 121, Freiburg i. Br., Basel and Vienna 1962, DNB 450774996 .

The Moderate Murderer, and the Honest Quack (1929)
The Ecstatic Thief (1930)
Four Faultless Felons (1930)

German: Four venerable criminals. With an afterword by Matthias Marx. Translated by Matthias Marx and Boris Greff. The Other Library # 374, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-8477-0374-7 .

The Floating Admiral, with others (1931)
The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond (posthumously 1937)

English: The paradoxes of Mr. Pond and other excesses. Afterword by Matthias Marx. Translated by Matthias Marx and Boris Greff. The Other Library # 332, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-8477-0332-7 .

Daylight and Nightmare: Uncollected Stories and Fables (posthumously 1986, edited by Marie Smith)
  • Chivalry Begins at Home
  • Concerning Grocers as Gods
  • The Conversion of an Anarchist
  • A crazy tale
  • Culture and the Light
  • The Curious Englishman
  • Dukes
  • The End of Wisdom
  • A fish story
  • The Giant
  • The Great Amalgamation
  • Homesick at Home
  • A Legend of Saint Francis
  • The Legend of the Sword
  • The Long Bow
  • A nightmare
  • On private property
  • On secular education
  • The Paradise of Human Fishes
  • A picture of Tuesday
  • A real discovery
  • The Roots of the World
  • The Second Miracle
  • The Taming of the Nightmare
  • The Three Dogs
  • The Two Taverns


  • Greybeards at Play: Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen (1900)
  • The Wild Knight and Other Poems (1900)
  • The Ballad Of The White Horse (1911)
  • Poems (1915)
  • Wine, Water And Song (1915, from the novel The Flying Inn )
  • The Ballad of St. Barbara and Other Verses (1922)
  • A Collection of Poems (1925)
  • The Queen of Seven Swords (1926)
  • The Collected Poems of GK Chesterton (1926, revised 1932)
  • Gloria in Profundis (1927)
  • Ubi Ecclesia (1929)
  • Christmas Poems (1929)
  • The Grave of Arthur (1930)
  • New Poems (1932)
  • Collected Poems (1954)
  • Greybeards at Play and Other Comic Verse (1974, edited by John Sullivan)
  • Collected Nonsense and Other Light Verse (1987, edited by Marie Smith)

Short stories


  • The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady (1905)
  • The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown (1905)
    • English: The Terrible Adventures of Major Brown. Translated by Rudolf Ruff. In: Joachim Kalka (Hrsg.): The secret position of the north coast. Klett-Cotta Hobbit-Presse # 95089, 1928, ISBN 3-608-95089-3 .


  • The Angry Street (1908)
    • German: The angry street. Translated by Erik Simon . In: Peter Haining (Hrsg.): Ritter des Wahnsinns. Heyne SF & F # 9062, 1999, ISBN 3-453-16220-X .


  • The Extraordinary Cabman (1909, in: GK Chesterton: Tremendous Trifles )
  • The Perfect Game (1909, in: GK Chesterton: Tremendous Trifles )
  • The Shop of Ghosts: A Good Dream (1909, in: GK Chesterton: Tremendous Trifles )


  • The Invisible Man (1911)


  • The Finger of Stone (in: Harper's Bazar, December 1920 )


  • The Vengeance of a Statue (in: The Story-teller, October 1922 )


  • The Sword of Wood (1928)


  • If Don John of Austria had Married Mary Queen of Scots (1931, in: JC Squire (Hrsg.): If It Had Happened Otherwise )
    • English: If Don Juan d'Austria had married Maria Stuart. Translated by Walter Brumm. In: JC Squire (ed.): If Napoleon had won at Waterloo. Heyne SF & F # 6310, 1999, ISBN 3-453-14911-4 .


  • The Shadow of the Shark (1937, in: Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery )


  • Magic. A Fantastic Comedy (1913)
  • The Judgment of Dr. Johnson (1927)
  • The Turkey and the Turk (1930)
  • The Surprise (posthumously 1952)


  • Thomas Carlyle (1902, with JEH Williams)
  • Charles Dickens (1903, with FG Kitton)
  • Robert Browning (1903)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1903, with W. Robertson Nicoll)
  • Tennyson (1903, with Richard Garnett )
  • Thackeray (1903, with Lewis Melville)
  • Leo Tolstoy (1903, with GH Perris and Edward Garnett )
  • GF Watts (1904)
  • George Bernard Shaw (1909, revised 1935)
    • German: Bernard Shaw. Amandus Edition (Symposion # 16 series), Vienna 1947, DNB 450775089 .
  • William Blake (1910)
  • Lord Kitchener (1917)
  • St. Francis of Assisi (1923)
    • English: Saint Francis of Assisi. Translated by JL Benvenisti. Verlag J. Kösel & F. Pustet, Munich 1927, DNB 572596219 . Also as: Francis, the saint of Assisi. Translated by JL Benvenisti. Verlag der Arche, Zurich 1981, ISBN 3-7160-1742-6 . Also as: St. Francis of Assisi. Translated by Dieter Hattrup . Media Maria, Illertissen 2014, ISBN 978-3-9816344-5-7 .
  • William Cobbett (1925)
  • Chaucer (1932)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas. The Dumb Ox. (1933)
    • German: Saint Thomas Aquinas. Translated by Elisabeth Kaufmann. Pustet, Salzburg and Leipzig 1935, DNB 572596375 . Also as: Thomas Aquinas. Translated by Elisabeth Kaufmann. Kerle, Heidelberg 1957, DNB 450775143 . Also as: Thomas Aquinas: The saint with common sense. Translated by Elisabeth Kaufmann. Herder, Freiburg [Breisgau], Basel, Vienna 1980, ISBN 3-451-18276-9 . Also as: the dumb ox. About Thomas Aquinas. Translated by Elisabeth Kaufmann. Herder library # 75, Freiburg, Basel and Vienna 1960, DNB 450775151 .

Essay collections

  • The Defendant (1901)
    • German: Defense of nonsense, humility, the rubbish novel and other disregarded things. White books publishing house, Leipzig 1917, DNB 579293459 . Also as: The gold in the gutter: Pleadings. Translated by Joachim Kalka . Klett-Cotta (Cotta's Library of Modernity # 53), Stuttgart 1986, ISBN 3-608-95394-9 . Also as: defense of nonsense: sketches. Translated from English and ed. by Christoph Sorger. Kiepenheuer, Leipzig and Weimar 1991, ISBN 3-378-00364-2 .
  • Twelve Types (1902; expanded as: Varied Types , 1903; selected as: Five Types , 1910; also as: Simplicity and Tolstoy , 1912)
  • Heretics (1905)
    • English: heretic: a defense of orthodoxy against its despisers. Translated by Monika Noll and Ulrich Enderwitz. Eichborn (Die Other Bibliothek # 165), Frankfurt am Main 1998, ISBN 3-8218-4165-6 .
  • Orthodoxy (1908)
    • German: Orthodoxie. Hyperion-Verlag H. v. Weber, Munich and Munich 1909, DNB 572596324 . Also called: The Adventure of Faith, Orthodoxy. Translated by Paula Rüf. Introduction by Peter Schifferli. Otto Walter (Christian England # 2), Olten 1947, DNB 36341875X . Also as: Orthodoxy: A handout for the unbeliever. With an introduction by Martin Mosebach . Translated by Monika Noll and Ulrich Enderwitz. Eichborn (The Other Library # 187), Frankfurt am Main 2000, ISBN 3-8218-4187-7 .
  • All Things Considered (1908)
  • Tremendous Trifles (1909)
    • German: About the wind and the trees or weighty little things: considerations and sketches. Translated by Jakob Vandenberg. Elsinor-Verlag, Coesfeld 2008, ISBN 978-3-939483-10-6 .
  • The Ultimate Lie (private print, 1910)
  • What's wrong with the world? (1910)
    • German: What is wrong in the world: essays. Translated by Clarisse Meitner. Musarion-Verlag, Munich 1924, DNB 572596391 .
  • Alarms and Discursions (1911)
  • Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens (1911)
  • A Chesterton Calendar (1911; also as: Wit and Wisdom of GK Chesterton , 1911; also as: Chesterton Day by Day , 1912)
  • A Defense of Nonsense and Other Essays (1911)
  • The Future of Religion: Mr. GK Chesterton's Reply to Mr. Bernard Shaw (private print, 1911)
  • The Conversion of an Anarchist (1912)
  • A Miscellany of Men (1912)
  • The Victorian Age in Literature (1913)
  • The Barbarism of Berlin (1914)
  • London (private print, 1914, photographs by Alvin Langdon Cobum)
  • Prussian Versus Belgian Culture (1914)
  • The Crimes of England (1915)
  • Letters to an Old Garibaldian (1915; with The Barbarism of Berlin also as: The Appetite of Tyranny , 1915)
  • The So-Called Belgian Bargain (1915)
  • Divorce Versus Democracy (1916)
  • Temperance and the Great Alliance (1916)
  • Lord Kitchener (private print, 1917)
  • A Short History of England (1917)
  • Utopia of Usurers and Other Essays (1917)
  • How to Help Annexation (1918)
  • Charles Dickens Fifty Years After (private print, 1920)
  • Irish Impressions (1920)
  • The Superstition of Divorce (1920)
  • The New Jerusalem (1921)
  • The Superstition of Divorce (1920)
  • The Uses of Diversity: A Book of Essays (1921)
  • Eugenics and Other Evils (1922)
  • What I Saw in America (1922)
  • Fancies Versus Fads (1923)
  • The End of the Roman Road: A Pageant of Wayfarers (1924)
  • The Superstitions of the Skeptic (Lecture, 1925)
  • The Everlasting Man (1925)
    • German: The immortal man. Translated by Curt Thesing. C. Schünemann, Bremen 1930, DNB 572596278 .
  • The Catholic Church and Conversion (1926)
  • Culture and the Coming Peril (Lecture, 1927)
  • The Outline of Sanity (1927)
  • Social Reform Versus Birth Control (1927)
  • Generally Speaking: A Book of Essays (1928)
  • Do We Agree? A Debate, with GB Shaw (1928)
    • German: Do we agree? : A dispute with Bernard Shaw under the direction of Hilaire Belloc. Translated by Jakob Vandenberg. Elsinor, Coesfeld 2009, ISBN 978-3-939483-14-4 .
  • The Thing (1929, essays on Catholic Christianity)
  • The Resurrection of Rome (1930)
  • Come to Think of It: A Book of Essays (1931)
  • The Turkey and the Turk (1930)
  • At the Sign of the World's End (1930)
  • Is There a Return to Religion? (1931, with E. Haldeman-Julius)
  • All is Grist: A Book of Essays (1932)
  • Sidelights on New London and Newer York and Other Essays (1932)
  • Christian Dome in Dublin (1933)
  • All I Survey: A Book of Essays (1933)
  • Avowals and Denials: A Book of Essays (1935)
  • Explaining the English (1935)
  • Stories, Essays and Poems (1935)
  • The Well and the Shallows (1935)
  • As I Was Saying: A Book of Essays (1936)
  • Autobiography (1936)
  • The Common Man (1950, posthumous)
    • English: The common mortal. Translated by Irmgard Wild. Kösel, Munich 1962, DNB 450774937 .
  • Where All Roads Lead (1961, posthumous)

Work editions

  • Collected Works (1926, 9 volumes, Library Press)
    • 1 Alarms and Discursions
    • 2 All Things Considered
    • 3 The Ballad of the White Horse
    • 4 Charles Dickens
    • 5 fancies versus fads
    • 6 The Flying Inn
    • 7 A Miscellany of Men
    • 8 Tremendous Trifles
    • 9 The Uses of Diversity
  • A Gleaming Cohort, Being Selections from the Works of GK Chesterton (1926, edited by EV Lucas)
  • GKC a MC, Being a Collection of Thirty-Seven Introductions (1929, edited by JP de Fonseka)
  • Collected Works (1986 ff., Ignatius Press, edited by Lawrence J. Clipper)
    • 1 Heretics ?? (1986)
    • 2 St. Francis of Assisi ?? (1986)
    • 3 Where all roads lead ?? (1990)
    • 4 What's wrong with the world ?? (1987)
    • 5 The ?? outline of sanity ?? (1987)
    • 6 The ?? club of queer trades ?? (1991)
    • 7 The ?? ball and the cross ?? (2004)
    • 8 The ?? return of Don Quixote ?? (1999)
    • 10.1 Collected poetry; Pt. I (1994)
    • 10.2 Collected poetry; Pt. II (2008)
    • 10.3 Collected poetry; Pt. III (2010)
    • 11 plays ?? (1989)
    • 12 The ?? Father Brown stories; 1 (2005)
    • 13 The ?? Father Brown stories; 2 (2005)
    • 14 Short stories, fairy tales, mystery stories, illustrations (1993)
    • 15 Chesterton on Dickens (1989)
    • 16 ?? The ?? autobiography of GK Chesterton (1988)
    • 18 Thomas Carlyle ?? (1991)
    • 20 Christian Dome in Dublin ?? (2001)
    • 21 What I saw in America ?? (1990)
    • 27 ?? The ?? Illustrated London News: 1905-1907 (1986)
    • 28 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1908-1910 (1987)
    • 29 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1911-1913 (1988)
    • 30 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1914-1916 (1988)
    • 31 The illustrated London news: 1917-1919. (1989)
    • 32 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1920–1922 (1989)
    • 33 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1923-1925 (1990)
    • 34 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1926–1928 (1991)
    • 35 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1929-1931 (1991)
    • 36 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1932–1934 (2011)
    • 37 The ?? Illustrated London News: 1935–1936 (2012)


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Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Autobiography , Chapter IV
  2. ^ Christian Heidrich : The converts. About religious and political conversions . Hanser Verlag, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-446-20147-5 , here pp. 82-99.
  3. Maisie Ward: Gilbert Keith Chesterton . Sheed & Ward, London 1944, Chapter XV.
  4. GK Chesterton could be beatified. In: kath.news. August 9, 2013, accessed August 9, 2013 .
  5. The “Fat Guy” has crossed over every glass of whiskey. In: kath.news. August 9, 2019, accessed September 12, 2019 .
  6. Süddeutsche Zeitung: Three acres of land, one cow. Retrieved June 15, 2020 .
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