A Miscellany of Men

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was among the world's most prolific writers who incorporated relentless logic, wonderful humor, and a clear view of truth into an amazing tool for exposing the foolishness of the policies of the world around him through the device of paradox.

It is always great fun, and certainly always a learning experience to read Chesterton. A Miscellany of Men may be his hardest work to define, as it deals with a huge array of issues, using "personal types" as illustration. It would only be bewildering, if there was not these common threads: First that these types still exist, and the same faulty reasoning applies to issues of our day, and second, that underlying all of this is a firm and reasoned defense of democracy in a sense very close to that of the American Founding Fathers. (Summary by Ray Clare)

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Suffragist, The Poet and the Cheese, The Thing Ray Clare
Play 02 The Man Who Thinks Backwards, The Nameless Man, The Gardener and the Guinea Ray Clare
Play 03 The Voter and the Two Voices, The Mad Official, The Enchanted Man Ray Clare
Play 04 The Sun Worshipper, The Wrong Incendiary, The Free Man Ray Clare
Play 05 The Hypothetical Householder, The Priest of Spring, The Real Journalist Ray Clare
Play 06 The Sentimental Scot, The Sectarian of Society, The Fool Ray Clare
Play 07 The Conscript and the Crisis, The Miser and His Friends, The Mystagogue Ray Clare
Play 08 The Red Reactionary, The Separatist and Sacred Things, The Mummer Ray Clare
Play 09 The Aristocratic 'Arry, The New Theologian, The Romantic in the Rain Ray Clare
Play 10 The False Philosopher, The Sultan, The Architect of Spears Ray Clare
Play 11 The Man on Top, The Other Kind of Man, The Medieval Villain Ray Clare
Play 12 The Divine Detective, The Elf of Japan, The Chartered Libertine Ray Clare
Play 13 The Contented Man, The Angry Author: His Farewell Ray Clare