"The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder." — G. K. Chesterton The thirty-nine short essays that make up Chesterton's delightful book are the result of "sitting still and letting marvels and adventures settle on him like flies." Actually, the aut... read more
Customers who bought this book also bought:
Our Editors also recommend:
The Coloured Lands: Fairy Stories, Comic Verse and Fantastic Pictures by G. K. Chesterton, G. K. Chesterton, Martin Gardner Featuring the author's early work and previously unpublished material, this volume abounds in fairy stories, comic verse, and satirical ballads — and best of all, Chesterton's distinctive color and black-and-white illustrations.
Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton Chesterton explains the values and ideals that constitute the foundation of Christianity, adopting an informal style in his scholarly arguments in favor of faith as an affirmation of human freedom.
Heretics by G. K. Chesterton Focusing on "heretics" — those who pride themselves in their superiority to conservative views — Chesterton appraises prominent figures from the literary and art worlds such as Kipling, Shaw, Wells, and Whistler.
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster Forster's early novel offers an intriguing contrast of English and Italian sensibilities. It recounts an Englishman's journey to Tuscany, where he attempts to rescue his brother's widow from an unsuitable romance.
The Chronicles of Clovis: Stories by Saki by Saki Renowned for his witty dialogue and macabre humor, Saki skewered the pretensions of the Edwardian age. These short stories showcase his mastery of comic repartee, recounting the escapades of an irreverent socialite.
The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton One of the last great epic poems, this ballad tells the tale of Alfred the Great's unlikely victory — with the assistance of the Virgin Mary — over Gunthrum and the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune.
St. Thomas Aquinas by G. K. Chesterton Chesterton's customary wit and engaging storytelling provide a brief but vivid profile. He focuses on the saint's life, rather than on theology, to illustrate Thomas's relevance to modern readers.
The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton These 8 tales by the creator of detective-priest Father Brown trace the activities of Horne Fisher, who investigates crime amid upper-crust society in pre–World War I Britain. "Dazzlingly executed and richly atmospheric." — The Armchair Detective.
St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton This accessible spiritual biography by a phenomenally popular author chronicles the beloved saint's calling, order, and influence. Its charm and wit will appeal to even the most secular-minded readers.
The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton Chesterton's view of Christianity — as a blend of philosophy and mythology, satisfying intellect and spirit — applies to his brilliant book, which appeals to readers' heads as well as their hearts.
What's Wrong with the World by G. K. Chesterton Chesterton's style is light and humorous — but also deadly serious and philosophical — as he provides witty commentary on feminism, education, family, and other timeless topics.
Three Men in a Boat: (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome Jerome's comic masterpiece — and one of the best-known classics of English humor — follows the misadventures of 3 bungling, Victorian-era bachelors on a rowing excursion up the Thames.
The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton Hilarious romp in which pub owner Humphrey Hump and friend take to the road in a donkey cart filled with rum and cheese, inveighing against Prohibition and other "oppressive forms of modernity."
Manalive by G. K. Chesterton Light-hearted work introduces Innocent Smith, a bubbly, eccentric gentleman of questionable character, into the lives of a group of young disillusioned people — and the result is inspired, high-spirited nonsense.
The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton Chesterton's second novel chronicles a hot dispute between two Scotsmen, a Roman Catholic, and an atheist, whose fanatically held opinions inspire a host of comic adventures. Introduction by Martin Gardner.
The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton A comical futurist fantasy, first published in 1904, about a tradition-loving suburban London community of the 1980's at war with its modernizing neighbors. 7 illustrations by W. Graham Robertson. New Introduction by Martin Gardner.
Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton A series of 4 intertwined novellas whose central characters appear to be involved in murder, fraud, theft and treason. "Dazzling reading from cover to cover." — The New York Times.
The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton Improbable plots, marvelously funny episodes, evocative descriptions of late Victorian London distinguish delightful tales focusing on a club devoted to completely original and unusual professions.
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton Fast-paced novel about a club of anarchists in turn-of-the-century London and a poet/sleuth who infiltrates their ranks. Inventive and ingenious story becomes a vehicle for Chesterton's brilliant social, religious, and philosophical speculations.
The Annotated Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton Twelve of the popular Father Brown mysteries appear in this copiously annotated edition. Includes "The Blue Cross," "The Hammer of God," "The Eye of Apollo," and more.
"The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder." — G. K. Chesterton The thirty-nine short essays that make up Chesterton's delightful book are the result of "sitting still and letting marvels and adventures settle on him like flies." Actually, the author does move around quite a bit—to Germany, France, and on foot in England when he tires of waiting for a train. Everywhere he goes, Chesterton looks at ordinary things and asks us to see how extraordinary they are: the contents of his pockets, the items in a railway station, pedestrians in the street. What appear to be trifles are actually tremendous, and he uses them as a springboard to expound on Christianity, the nuclear family, democracy, and the like with supreme clarity and wit. The essays gathered here are a testament to G. K. Chesterton's faith—not his faith in religion or a higher power, but in the ability to discover something wonderful in the objects, the experiences, and the people that cross our paths every single day. With his unique brand of humor and insight, he demonstrates how the commonplace adds enormous value to the landscape of daily life. Full of both good sense and nonsense, Chesterton's commentaries—first published nearly a century ago—remain fresh today.
Reprint of the Sheed and Ward, New York, 1955 edition.
This book was printed in the United States of America.
Dover books are made to last a lifetime. Our US book-manufacturing partners produce the highest quality books in the world and they create jobs for our fellow citizens. Manufacturing in the United States also ensures that our books are printed in an environmentally friendly fashion, on paper sourced from responsibly managed forests.