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Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward - First Edition, First Printing - 1943 - from Swan's Fine Books and

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

by Maisie Ward

Condition: Near fine/very good

New York: Sheed & Ward, 1943. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Near fine/very good. Octavo size, 703 pp. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a major writer of novels, poetry, and Christian apologetics; he is perhaps best known for his series of detective stories featuring the priest-detective Father Brown, and for such apologetics as "Orthodoxy" and "The Everlasting Man". A forceful and prolific writer, Chesterton's works feature his masterful grasp of language and wit, as well as his strong Christian faith, and he was an influence on noted writers such as C. S. Lewis, Jorge Luis Borges, and Neil Gaiman. This volume is the biography on Chesterton written by Maisie Ward (1889-1975), writer and publisher, who, along with her husband, founded of the British publishing house Sheed and Ward; a friend of Chesterton's, her book is considered the first and only authorised biography of G. K. Chesterton. Ward spent six years researching and writing the biography, and much of her information comes from close friends of Chesterton, such as English writers H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. ___DESCRIPTION: Full teal cloth with blue illustration on the front board being a self-caricature done during Chesterton's time at the Slade School, blue lettering on the spine, frontispiece a black-and-white photograph of Chesterton's monument designed by Eric Gill, title page with black decorative border, black-and-white photographs, drawings, and manuscripts throughout; octavo size (8.5" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-v] v-xv [xvi-xviii] 1-685. In a red and black paper dust jacket with white lettering on the spine and front panel, showing the original price of $4.50, green rectangle along the bottom edge of the spine and front panel, black-and-white photograph of Chesterton captioned "Chesterton at the microphone - 1935" and a description of two other books by Chesterton on the rear panel, and a description of the book on the front flap. ___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; the boards are clean overall with only minor soiling, slight rubbing to the corners, and the only prior owner marking we see is a name lightly penciled on the front free endpaper, else fine. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, with minor overall soiling, overall edge wear, and some small chips to the folds and head and tail of the spine, but does not obscure any text. ___POSTAGE:  International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, journalism, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.

  • Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 18090633
  • Title: Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • Author: Maisie Ward
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Near fine
  • Jacket condition: very good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition, First Printing
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1943
  • Keywords: Inklings, Chesterton, Biography, Maisie Ward


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